Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:25 AM
LAGC (5,031 posts)
Zimmy Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape
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George Zimmerman is suing NBC over its editing of a 911 tape, claiming that the network made him sound like a "racist and predatory villain."
On Thursday, Zimmerman filed a complaint alleging, “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”
Zimmerman shot and killed seventeen-year old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in February. NBC News subsequently aired an edited version of Zimmerman's 911 call, which made it sound as if he had voluntarily told the operator that Martin was "black." He had actually been responding to the operator's question as to whether the "suspicious person" he was calling about was "black, white or Hispanic."
The controversial edit, which aired on "Today," roiled NBC's news division earlier this year. The network launched an internal investigation into the matter, and admitted that the edit was an "error." Two people were fired as a result, and a third staffer was let go over a different, unrelated edit.
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, George Zimmerman filed a legal complaint against NBCUniversal Media, LLC and three individuals who were employed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Inc. during the time relevant to the complaint: Ron Allen, Lilia Rodriguez Luciano, and Jeff Burnside. The 24-page complaint alleges “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.” The complaint, filed in Seminole County, demands a trial by jury, and demands damages sufficient to invoke the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.
It was pretty bullshit how they edited the 911 tape to make it sound worse than it was. I don't think Zimmy was so much racist as much as he was a wannabe cop.
I still hope he doesn't get off on a "Stand Your Ground" defense though, considering he went out of his way looking for trouble.
I don't think he should be found guilty of Deliberate Homicide, but I could definitely see Voluntary Manslaughter being on the table.
Trial should be interesting come summer.
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