Never let the facts get in the way of your bias

25 Jun

“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”Great news right there. As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters, the “Today” segment took this approach to a key part of the dispatcher call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Here’s how the actual conversation was recorded:

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.

The difference between what “Today” put on its air and the actual tape?

Complete: In the “Today” version, Zimmerman volunteered that this person “looks black,” a sequence of events that would more readily paint Zimmerman as a racial profiler. In reality’s version, Zimmerman simply answered a question about the race of the person whom he was reporting to the police. Nothing prejudicial at all in responding to such an inquiry.

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  1. Ken Foreman

    June 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  2. Randi Knutson

    June 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    To be fair, that's true of nearly every news organization out there today. Except perhaps NPR, the BBC, and PBS and others of their ilk.  I like NBC but then I lean decidedly left, but I also am aware they are selling something. Just like CBS or CNN or Rush.

  3. Dawn Studniarz

    June 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Interesting article. Thanks for sharing!