Media Research Center president Brent Bozell denounced NBC’s decision to internally investigate the dishonest editing of 911 tapes from the night of Trayvon Martin‘s shooting death. Bozell thinks NBC’s parent company, Comcast, should conduct the investigation.
“This is a massive breach of the public trust,” Bozell said in a statement. “NBC is guilty of dishonestly fanning the flames of racial hatred in America by doctoring tapes. NBC cannot be trusted with the investigation.”
The edited tape made it appear that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch member who shot and killed Martin, voluntarily informed the 911 operator that he believed Martin was black. In fact, the operator asked Zimmerman to identify Martin as either “black, white or Hispanic,” to which he responded, “he looks black.”
Bozell said that NBC conducting an internal investigation is “like [former President Richard] Nixon investigating the Watergate tapes.”
“NBC is guilty of deliberately lying to the viewing public, and NBC is going to be in charge of investigating itself?” Bozell fumed. “NBC’s parent company Comcast needs to investigate the intentional editing of George Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call. Comcast needs to come clean. Everyone involved needs to be held accountable.”
Bozell added: “It’s despicable, but expected that the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Maxine Waters would deliberately sow seeds of racial animosity. But it’s utterly reprehensible that NBC would give oxygen to this ugly narrative by doctoring tapes and presenting it as ‘news.'”
NBC News spokeswoman Lauren Kapp did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.