We haven’t heard much about George Zimmerman since the media’s instant narrative — “This guy is a trigger-happy racist who chased down and shot an innocent teenager for being black” — completely fell apart. Now that the howling for his blood has calmed down, he’s looking for some payback.
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal. We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.” A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.” NBC launched an internal probe after producers misleadingly edited the 911 call placed by Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager. The edit made it appear that Zimmerman had immediately told police that Martin was black, when the full tape reveals the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher.
As a reminder, here’s what NBC did to the 911 audio, followed by the unedited tape:
I hope Zimmerman sues Spike Lee next.