An appalling example a stretching biased editing to the point of brazenly telling lies occurred when MSNBC supported a story about the alleged likelihood of white people shooting blacks if they are allowed to carry guns with video footage of a guy with an AR-15 cropped so that you could not see he was black. But that’s just MSNBC, right? No one expects integrity on the political kiddy channel. However, any distinction between the home of Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz and the supposed grownups at NBC News has effectively vanished, as demonstrated by coverage of the Trayvon Martin spectacle. MSNBC and NBC News jointly published this:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car.
My, what a racist. So that’s why Zimmerman shot the little angel.
This is what was actually said:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
The propaganda value of NBC’s mendacious editing can hardly be overstated, considering that the unsubstantiated narrative they are trying to prop up is that the “white” Hispanic Zimmerman shot an innocent boy out of sheer racial animus.
Having been loudly called out on their attempt to mislead, NBC went back and surreptitiously changed the story to read:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good,” Zimmerman said in a 911 call. Asked by a dispatcher if he was white, Hispanic or black, he replied, “He looks black.”
This doesn’t correct their crime against journalistic ethics but compounds it with a Winston Smith-type revision of the record. The damage had already been done, and there was no apology or correction notice.
At this point, watching NBC News is like trying to learn what’s going on in the world from Michael Moore movies.
On tips from Matt S and Shawn.