#Trayvon: Zimmerman files defamation lawsuit against NBC over edited 911 call

Posted by: ST on December 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Via the NYT’s Media Decoder blog:

George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year, filed suit against NBCUniversal on Thursday, alleging that news reports that edited his voice on a 911 tape constituted defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The suit, filed in circuit court in Seminole County, Fla., asked for a jury trial. A spokeswoman for NBCUniversal said in response to the suit: “We strongly disagree with the accusations made in the complaint. There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.”

The edits of a 911 audio recording — which removed an intervening question from the operator directly asking Mr. Zimmerman what race Mr. Martin was — aired three times on NBC’s “Today” show: first on March 20, in a report by Lilia Luciano; on March 22, in another report by Ms. Luciano; and again on March 27, in a report by Ron Allen. The killing of Mr. Martin, on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., spurred a national debate about self-defense, crime and race.

In Ms. Luciano’s first report, Mr. Zimmerman’s words to the 911 operator were: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He looks black.” In fact, Mr. Zimmerman told the operator: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” When the dispatcher said, “O.K., and this guy — is he white, black or Hispanic?” Mr. Zimmerman then said, “He looks black.”

The suit charges that journalists at NBC News intentionally edited Mr. Zimmerman’s statements to make him appear to be a “racist, predatory villain.”

Three NBC employees were fired in the aftermath.

IMO, Zimmerman should own NBC after what they deliberately did. I hope he wins this.

Related: Twitchy documented the predictable  “New Tone” liberal reaction.  Keep scrolling.

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7 Responses to “#Trayvon: Zimmerman files defamation lawsuit against NBC over edited 911 call”


  1. Carlos says:

    In NBC’s opinion, it can’t be libel if a) it promotes their point of view and b) if it’s politically correct.

    Never mind what their “professionals” do to “news” on a daily basis; if they say something, ANYTHING, it’s the responsibility of their listeners to believe and not question it.

    Besides, they did apologize. In the dark of a weekend night when neither one of their viewers was paying attention…

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    NBC was whistling past the graveyard by sacrificing three low-level employees whose firing was never verified after it was announced. Personally, whether he pays his legal bills or lives it up with the money is beside the point; my bottom-line wish is he slaps their a*s unmercifully all over that courtroom.

  3. Xavier says:

    Any settlement will buy a nice grave after the youts murder him.

  4. david foster says:

    NBC is part of NBC Universal, which is now owned by Comcast (51%) and GE (49%).

    Customers, and especially shareholders, of these two companies should let the managements know their feeling about the irresponsible way in which their media joint venture is being run.

  5. Polly says:

    Yellow journalism at its best or worst depending upon your point of view. We no longer watch NBC News because we do not trust them. Obviously NBC has an agenda and it certainly is not to honestly and fairly report the news.

  6. Jim McDonald says:

    The NBC folks should bring their cars stuffed with big bags of money, and cab fare home.

    Zimmerman gonna get it all.