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 ZimmermanThe 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.
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