DC Trawler

Reminder: The NBC News producer who edited George Zimmerman’s 911 call is still anonymous

Once again, here’s the deceptively edited audio from Zimmerman’s 911 call, which was played on the Today Show, followed by the unedited audio:

NBC News says it was just a mistake and that they fired the producer responsible, but they won’t say who it was or why it happened. We’re just supposed to take their word for it that they’re sorry we’re offended, and that it won’t happen again. That’s not enough for Zimmerman, who is now suing them.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple made an interesting choice of words about it:

Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed suit today against NBC Universal Media over a well-publicized editing error that portrayed their client in racist terms in his pursuit of Trayvon Martin on a drizzly evening in February.

“Editing error.” That’s quite an assumption, isn’t it? I mean, considering we don’t know who did it, how it got to air, what NBC News is doing to correct the problem, or really anything else about what happened. All we have is NBC’s insistence that it was an innocent mistake. And hey, why would they lie? They’re the media!

I tried asking Wemple’s compatriot, Brian Stelter at the New York Times, and here’s part of our conversation about it on Twitter:

Maybe. But that’s as far as his curiosity extends, I guess.

These guys aren’t going to get worked up about audiovisual editing unless they they hear two magic words: James O’Keefe. But at least we can keep reminding them that we’re watching as they fail to do their jobs.