‘Trying To Stab Us’: NBC Edits Out Portion Of 911 Distress Call That Preceded Ma’khia Bryant Police Shooting

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Shelby Talcott Media Reporter
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“NBC Nightly News” edited out a portion of the 911 call regarding the Columbus, Ohio police shooting in its Wednesday report, downplaying that the 16-year-old victim had a knife.

“Just before yesterday’s verdict a police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old black girl in Columbus, Ohio, saying she was threatening others with a knife,” NBC News’ Lester Holt said during the report.

Correspondent Kevin Tibbles added to the “NBC Nightly News” report and also cited “authorities” who said the teenager, Ma’khia Bryant, “was threatening two other girls with a knife.”

Body-camera footage of the incident shows Bryant lunging at another female with what appears to be a knife before being shot by an officer. While the nightly news program played a portion of that body camera footage, it didn’t highlight the knife as other programs (ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “CBS Evening News”) did.


What’s more, “NBC Nightly News” opted to cut out a chunk of the 911 call preceding the shooting, Newsbusters reported. The 911 audio aired by ABC and CBS shows an unidentified caller saying that “these grown girls over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us,” Newsbusters added.

In its Wednesday report, “NBC Nightly News” cut context out of the 911 call and only aired the portion where the caller said: “We need a police officer here now.” (RELATED: NBC News Admits It Aired Deceptively Edited Clip Of Barr On ‘Meet The Press’ With Chuck Todd)

NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller.

In 2012, NBC News reportedly fired a producer after the “Today” show aired an edited clip of a 911 call place by George Zimmerman before he shot Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager, according to Reuters.

“The edit made it appear as though Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being prompted, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question asked by the dispatcher,” Reuters noted.

NBC News apologized for that incident.