Not one story, but two, from Sister Toldjah:
Posted by: ST on April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm<
Via WaPo’s Erik Wemple:
NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology. Here is the statement just issued by the network:
During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.
That apology addresses the “Today” show’s failure to abridge accurately the conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher in this high-profile case. This is how the program portrayed a segment of that conversation:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
And here is how it actually 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.
“Error made in the production process”? What a flimsy, lame excuse. And completely unbelievable. Heads should roll over this. Not only that, but NBC should also be apologizing to George Zimmerman and his family for the doctored tape, which I would bet money was deliberately doctored before airing. Hey, they’ve pulled racially sensationalistic crap like this before.
As I’ve said before, when all is said and done and assuming Zimmerman isn’t put in jail for the rest of his life over killing Trayvon Martin, both he and his family should sue the mainstream media for the outright falsehoods they’ve reported and the unsubstantiated speculation some members of the press corps have shamelessly tried to pass off as “fact.” The dereliction of duty by “straight news reporters” on this case is simply staggering, and it is paramount that they be held to account.
Isn’t it amazing that an “error made in the production process” would just so happen to put a comment by George Zimmerman in the racism category rather than as a response to a question from a police dispatcher? Quite a coincidence there, wouldn’t you say?
But nobody is perfect, and mistakes can be made, even by professionals. But now comes the second story:
Posted by: ST on April 5, 2012 at 12:44 am
This is absolutely HUGE! The national mainstream media, race pimps and liberal commentators galore have been declaring for weeks that George Zimmerman is guilty of a “vicious hate crime” because he allegedly said “f–king coons” on his 911 call before he “murdered” (their words) Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26th. CNN has cleaned up the audio clip and if you listen to it it sounds very clear that he says “It’s f–king” cold. Listen and watch (via @informedblackmn):
People may be wondering why Zimmerman would say it was “cold” in south Florida. It was rainy and in the low 60s that night, and that IS cold for south Florida.
More at the link.
There was, as we all remember, the video presented by ABC News in which we were told that there was no visible injury to the back of George Zimmerman’s head, as one would have expected given the claim that Trayvon Martim bashed Mr Zimmerman’s head to the ground more than once. Then, lo and behold, the tape was enhanced, by someone other than ABC News, and, amazingly enough, the wound one would expect to be there, was there.
Now, none of this either proves nor disproves whether Mr Zimmerman acted legally in self-defense, or committed a crime; that determination awaits a professional investigation by trained personnel at the scene. Those of us looking at the case from a distance simply do not have the evidence or the professional skills to know what happened.
What these stories do indicate is that those of us looking at the case from a distance cannot even trust the partial evidence we have, because the supposedly professional media have been making mistake after mistake after mistake, to the point at which it is reasonable to believe that these aren’t just mistakes anymore, but deliberate attempts to influence people’s judgement by giving them false or misleading or deliberately incomplete information. And, just as importantly, it took individuals from the right of the political spectrum to discover these “mistakes” on the part of the professional media!
Nor is this even the first time. CBS News used forged documents, documents which were such obvious forgeries that the conservatively biased bloggers from Powerline were able to spot them from video tapes, before high-definition television, even though CBS News somehow couldn’t, with the documents in their hands. CBS News was shilling for Democratic presidential nominee Senator John F Kerry (D-MA) at the time, and one of the CBS News people, the since-fired Mary Mapes, even contacted the Kerry campaign in advance of this story.
Why did it take conservative bloggers to discover the fraud? The answer is simple: because the liberals liked the story, and weren’t going to check it any further. The same thing is happening today.
The moral of the story is clear: if it comes from ABC, CBS or NBC, check their stories before you believe them.
Cross Posted on The First Street Journal.