NBC Apologizes for Misleadingly Edited Zimmerman Call


NBC has issued an apology for misleadingly editing audio broadcasted on the Today show: the phone call between George Zimmerman and the 911 dispatcher the night that Trayvon Martin was killed. "During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret," NBC News representative Lauren Kapp in a statement on Tuesday. "We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers."

The network announced a few days ago that it would internally investigate.

The segment, you may remember, played audio from Zimmerman's call to 911, in which the dispatcher inquired about the man Zimmerman was following (Martin). "Okay, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?" the dispatcher asked. The portion of that exchange went like this:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Without the dispatcher's question (and those additional observations), Zimmerman appeared to say in sequence, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black."

According to Reuters, NBC's Kapp "declined to comment on whether further action would be taken against the producer of the segment or anyone else involved in the program." Nor will NBC release any names, information about disciplinary action (if any), or revised editorial procedures.