Zimmerman’s NBC Defamation Lawsuit To Resume “ASAP,” According To Lawyer

At least three journalists left NBC, after the network aired a tape of George Zimmerman, edited in a manner that substantially altered its content.

20130715-211624.jpgFiled in Seminole County, the suit adds that “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.” NBC correspondent Ron Allen is named as a defendant, as are Lilia Rodriguez Luciano and Jeff Burnside; the latter two were fired after an internal investigation determined that the tape had been edited. NBC apologized to Zimmerman, but that was not enough. Here’s how NBC, in a March 27, 2012, broadcast of the Today show, manipulated the tape:

Here is what NBC edited:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

But the full tape went like this:

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.”
911 Police Dispatcher: “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”

Zimmerman’s NBC Defamation Lawsuit To Resume “ASAP,” According To Lawyer.