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CNN Asshats - Dan the Serene
April 11th, 2012
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CNN Asshats
Eight days after NBC was forced to issue an apology for doctoring the Zimmerman 911 transcript, and five days after they fired the producer involved, CNN is still using the doctored version as of 5:56 PM EST.

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NBC edits out 911 question to Zimmerman
The producer edited out a question from the 911 operator and then edited together Zimmerman's response to the missing question with a segment of his previous statement. By leaving out the question, Zimmerman was made to appear to be racially profiling Martin. The way it was edited made the conversation more sensationalistic.
Here is how NBC transcribed the conversation in its story: "This guy looks like he's up to no good," they have Zimmerman say. "He looks black."
And this is how the conversation actually occurred: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. Or he's on drugs or something," Zimmerman tells the 911 operator. "It's raining, and he's just walking around, looking about."
"OK, and this guy -- is he black, white or Hispanic?" the operator asks.
"He looks black." Not only did Zimmerman not bring up the issue of race, his response seems to suggest he wasn't even willing to be certain about the race of the person he was watching. NBC has not addressed the question of whether that edit was done purposely or through some major gaffe.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/322575#ixzz1rm2tOlwV

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From:margoeve
Date:April 11th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah... even with the edited question - which I agree is bad journalism - I am hesitant to make any motivation calls on this. "Stand your ground" does not equate to "chase a guy down."
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From:dantheserene
Date:April 11th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Under no scenario I've heard advanced does Stand your Ground apply. I really wish the various special interests would stop pretending it did apply so they can use it to advance their narratives on the issue.
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From:margoeve
Date:April 12th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
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It isn't a special interest thing. This was (reported to be) the grounds on which he was initially not charged in the first place.
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From:dantheserene
Date:April 12th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
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And then the authors of the law said it didn't apply, and his lawyer said that wouldn't be part of his defense, and those who oppose SYG didn't let any of that interefere with their narrative.
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From:margoeve
Date:April 12th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
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I missed the lawyer part. But his lawyers also dropped him after he was unreachable for a few days.
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From:adderyn
Date:April 13th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
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The media treatment of this has been pretty shameful all around, from the edited 911 call, to the use of photos from a white power webpage alleged to be Trayvon Martin.

I did get a kick from the group(s) calling "stand your ground" laws "freedom to kill".

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