Why did MSNBC deliberately alter Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call?

Civic Minded 2012/04/02 15:02:37
Does the liberal media have any professional ethics anymore? This manipulation and alteration of the facts shows the answer at MSNBC and NBC to be a resounding "NO!" Other liberal media then pick up and perpetuate the lies.

Mr. Zimmerman is undoubtedly trying to find a way to live a normal life in the future, but the liberal media have fanned the flames of indignation by encouraging protest and preconceived judgement, along with Sharpton, Jackson, Lee and others in entertainment and political leadership. This is not only unethical; it is absolutely dangerous to civil society. Does the liberal media care?! Apparently, not. They don't care how many people are hurt - not good, honest people or those who are incited to do reprehensible things due to erroneous "news" meant to stir up trouble. It is shameful and criminal to knowingly shout "Fire" in a crowded establishment. Why wouldn't the liberal media's false reporting be equally shameful? Where does Mr. Zimmerman and his family go to get their good names restored? Court! Slander is still a crime, is it not?!

I'm not one for putting bumper stickers on my vehicle, but about now I'm tempted to put on the one which reads, "I Don't Believe the Liberal Media!"
(Americans for Prosperity, I believe has this one for members.) Please read the following report on how Mr. Zimmerman was labeled a racist before commenting.

MSNBC's Convenient Ellipses Make Zimmerman Look Racist

In a published report bylined "msnbc.com (http://msnbc.com/) Staff and NBC News," a quote attributed to Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, appears to be
purposefully distorted by the left to read as though Zimmerman is a racist. A full reading of the transcript of the quoted 911 call suggests nothing of the kind. Here's what MSNBC staff and NBC News published (http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/21/10791755-neighb...
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good ... he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police
dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up
in a multiracial family, and is not racist.

The quote gives the impression Zimmer was somehow equating the fact that Martin was black with his looking suspicious, or "up to no good." Here is what MSNBC/NBC News left out thanks to a convenient ellipsis (http://www.lesjones.com/2012/03/27/msnbc-dowdifies-a-george-...
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he's on
drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin's skin color with his looking suspicious; he
didn't even initiate the comment. It was simply a response to the police dispatcher. What the full quote does seem to make certain is that at that period in time, Zimmerman wasn't even positive as to what race Martin was. He was speculating based upon what he could determine at night in the rain to answer the police dispatcher.

From the full quote, we don't know if race was even on Zimmerman's mind before the
dispatcher brought it up. There are often cases when it makes sense to shorten a quote with an ellipsis. This isn’t one of them.

The only intent of MSNBC's omission
appears to be to cast George Zimmerman in the harshest light possible as
regards issues of race. MSNBC and NBC should not be using editing
devices to lead people to a specific conclusion – a conclusion that
appears to be unrelated to the text they are citing.

See original article here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/03/28/MSNBC-ZImm...
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  • Civic M... Space I... 2012/04/03 04:14:27
    Civic Minded
    Thanks for the reminder of past sins at NBC.
  • Lucy 2012/04/03 02:27:20
    So what. Zimmerman was still accusing the boy of something, followed him and killed him.
  • Stix Lucy 2012/04/03 02:46:03 (edited)
    You don't know all the facts. The media has been twisting the truth to make the story the way they want it to be so you think about it the way they want you to...you are being played. It may have been self defence. We don't know yet. Don't be a dope and believe what you have been told so far. It hasn't been truthful and complete.
  • dekecds 2012/04/03 02:17:51
    Doesn't surprise me....
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/04/03 02:11:49
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    I think they should be fined.
  • D D Gracie ... 2012/04/03 12:43:59
    D D
    There should be repercussions.
  • Wahvlvke Gracie ... 2012/04/03 13:43:32
    Stupid is not against the law ... and obie would be pissed.
  • lee 2012/04/03 01:27:54
    you know what the ellipsis are for right?


  • Gracie ... lee 2012/04/03 16:01:59
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    Kind of hard to get the jist of it when it's audio! Now who's the moron?
  • RJeffreySavlov 2012/04/03 01:21:19
    It's called selling commercial time. All the deadbeat liberal morons who watch PMSNBC and NBC are always looking for a reason why the christian conservative is at fault, and the liberal media is just feeding their need to hate. Time to have their licenses revoked but wait the liberals are the ones in power. I guess that will never happen. Just think how much heat there would be if the bogus report came out of FOX.
  • KoAm 2012/04/03 01:21:14 (edited)
  • Stix KoAm 2012/04/03 02:49:34

    As a business owner, I agree with you. Things are not getting better.
  • D D KoAm 2012/04/03 12:46:22
    D D
    "I'm convinced, for example, that the liberal media are outright lying about the economy supposedly getting better. They're doing that in order to help Obama get re-elected."

    The NY Times admitted to helping Obama get elected and all they said was "so what". It is wrong. That is not reporting news.
  • Wahvlvke KoAm 2012/04/03 13:45:05
    It is worse, much worse and will go further down the tubes as his policies take more effect.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/04/03 01:12:57
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Those ho bags ( Whoopi, Joy BeStupid and Baba Wawa) on The View this morning did their 2 bits for unethical journalism by showing that photo of 12 YEAR'S OLD Trayvon and calling for Zimmerman's head. The 4th Estate needs tearing down and rebuilt with integrity!
  • shiroidenkou1994 2012/04/03 00:48:19
  • ray shiroid... 2012/04/03 11:07:42
  • Biki~pwcm/potl~ 2012/04/03 00:35:30
    because the true story didn't fit their race baiting narrative.
  • heirsoftheking 2012/04/03 00:06:26
    Because MSNBC stands for "Marxists, Socialists, & Nothing But Communists."
  • Wahvlvke heirsof... 2012/04/03 13:47:28
    That is good.
  • Louis Contreras 2012/04/02 23:47:30
    Louis Contreras
    It provides for a more shocking piece of "evidence". Better ratings.
  • Candy 2012/04/02 23:43:59
    The same reason why we only saw a blurred police tape: To alter the truth to suit their beliefs. To get Obama re-elected as well.

    Twitter: #TheMissesHelp
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/04/02 23:38:43
    Simple they NEED a race riot in a key state to intimidate the undecided voters....the media will distort and do ANYTHING to keep obama in power
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/04/02 23:37:18
    MSNBC, as the outlet for all things Obama no doubt felt it was imperative to create a dialogue that fit the scenario they outlines. Remember the DNC motto-the ends always justifies the means.
  • Wahvlvke TruBluT... 2012/04/03 13:48:43
    Takes the atttention away from the economy and gas prices.
  • carri byers 2012/04/02 23:33:06 (edited)
    carri byers
    I don't know why anyone should be surprised by this event. The only thing that would surprise me at this point is if MSNBC actually acts on its "investigation" and punishes the perpetrator of this blatant misuse of media influence. Otherwise, it's simply business as usual for the liberally biased press.
  • lee carri b... 2012/04/03 01:29:03
    more than newscorp would do.
  • carri b... lee 2012/04/03 17:37:39
    carri byers
    All news outlets have become Orwell's worst nightmare. None are better than others. That is why the INTERNET is the next target for control; it's the only place left where free interchange of thought and opinion is actually taking place and people draw their own conclusions. Control of such a tool of freedom of speech must be attained and shut down.
  • lee carri b... 2012/04/03 18:43:18
    i agree the internet is the next target, but there are still news organizations who try to get at the facts....

    you just have to put up with the lens they place over them. in the case of MSNBC and other progressive style outlet, they at least TELL you there is a lens.

    in the case of Newscorp and the right wing media (which is most of it btw) they don't even tell you about the lens or worse, lie to you and tell you there IS NO LENS.

    i can at least SEE the facts thru the liberal lens....

    the right wing lens is covered by the lens cap all the while they are telling you its raining and pissing on your head.

    don't take my word for it... look for yourself.
  • carri b... lee 2012/04/04 16:47:58
    carri byers
    I do lee. I listen and watch all the time. If it weren't for the "rightwing" news outlets, much of the actual news wouldn't even reach the public. There is so much the liberal media simply ignores, and because Newscorp and it's subsidiaries are there giving a different perspective and unveiling that which the liberal media pretends doesn't exist, there is more coverage - biased no doubt - but more. I prefer to have two very different perspectives presented and make my own mind up rather than have only one perspective and wonder what I'm not being told.
  • lee carri b... 2012/04/04 17:52:04 (edited)
    is this story true?


    do you believe the gun is in police custody?

    Time is one of the liberal media, is it not?
  • Che Guevara - Hero 2012/04/02 23:02:30
    Che Guevara - Hero
    I suggest that anyone who sees George Zimmerman should "Stand Their Ground".
  • K. Katt 2012/04/02 22:55:52
    K. Katt
    MSNBC has no journalistic ethics. That should be clear to anyone who has watched over the last several years. They omit information if they think it is hurtful to the "progressive" cause and exaggerates or fabricates information if they think it is hurtful to the conservative cause. It is just in their DNA to make this a racial issue and to favor whoever has the darkest skin. They think that is the progressive side. I'm sure some here will call me "racist" for even mentioning this, but at least think about it first.
  • Dave Catleugh 2012/04/02 22:54:29
    Dave Catleugh
    The people responsible for this should be ... with a wire brush.
  • Susan 2012/04/02 22:41:27
    MSNBC and others are looking to make a sad story even more sensational and keep the truth at bay.
  • Navajogirl 2012/04/02 22:35:58
    Big mouth may know...

  • Navajogirl 2012/04/02 22:34:07
    Does the liberal media have any professional ethics anymore?

  • alanh Navajogirl 2012/04/02 22:37:16
    Not at all!!!!
  • heirsof... Navajogirl 2012/04/03 00:11:56
  • ray Navajogirl 2012/04/03 11:13:51

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