NBC redigerte George Zimmermans anrop til nødnummeret slik at han fremsto som fordomsfull. Da den tendensiøse redigeringen ble avslørt, ble det iverksatt en undersøkelse, og den ansvarlige fikk sparken.
Det var ikke NBC selv som avslørte manipulasjonen med tapen. Det var konkurrenten Fox.
Great news right there. As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters, the “Today” segment took this approach to a key part of the dispatcher call:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
Here’s how the actual conversation went down:
Zimmerman: 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.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
The difference between what “Today” put on its air and the actual tape? Complete: In the “Today” version, Zimmerman volunteered that this person “looks black,” a sequence of events that would more readily paint Zimmerman as a racial profiler. In reality’s version, Zimmerman simply answered a question about the race of the person whom he was reporting to the police. Nothing prejudicial at all in responding to such an inquiry.
In an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called this elision on the part of ”Today” an “all-out falsehood” — not just a distortion or misrepresentation.
And it’s a falsehood with repercussions. Much of the public discussion over the past week has settled on how conflicting facts and interpretations call into question whether Zimmerman acted justifiably or criminally. That’s a process that’ll continue. But one set of facts is ironclad, and that’s the back-and-forth between Zimmerman and the dispatcher. To portray that exchange in a way that wrongs Zimmerman is high editorial malpractice well worthy of the investigation that NBC is now mounting.
Historien er fra slutten av mqrs, men er verdt å ta med seg. Den sier noe om at visse personer innen mediene ikke nøyer seg med fakta, men gjerne vil pynte på fakta slik at den rette siden vinner.
For at slikt skal kunne avsløres må det være konkurrenter med ressurser til å få tak i råmateriale og ettergå formidlingen. Der alle medier har samme syn vil ikke det skje.
Både en journalist og produceren som var ansvarlig for manipulasjonen, fikk sparken:
Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based NBC News correspondent, is no longer working for the network, TVNewser has learned.
Luciano last reported for NBC News March 31. Until that point, she had been reporting mainly on the Trayvon Martin story. Sources tell TVNewser Luciano’s dismissal came after an investigation which also led to the firing of a seasoned NBC News producer over a similar, misleading edit. In a story for the “Today” show on March 20, Luciano used part of the George Zimmerman911 call in which an entire phrase (italicized below) was taken from a later part of the conversation: