Thursday, April 05, 2012

More media fraud in the Martin/Zimmerman case

NBC News issued an apology Tuesday for the way it handled the broadcasting of the 911 conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher in the Trayvon Martin case.

Following reports that NBC aired audio of the call was edited in a way that implied Zimmerman was racist, the network launched an internal  investigation.

NBC's "Today" show ran the edited audio of Zimmerman's phone call to a police dispatcher, seeming to show Zimmerman saying, "This guy looks like he's up to no good … he looks black."

A transcript of the complete 911 call shows that Zimmerman said, "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."

The 911 officer responded saying, "OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?"

"He looks black," Zimmerman said.

The abridged conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher that NBC ran on March 27 has been blasted by media watchdog groups as misleading. Critics have said the edited version was made to suggest that Zimmerman targeted Martin because he was black -- an accusation by many that is still under investigation.


GA: Man may have killed in self-defense during robbery:  "A man who shot and killed another man Wednesday morning in Athens may have been acting in self-defense during a robbery, Athens-Clarke police said.  He told police he shot 23-year-old Travis Sankwon Callaway after Callaway pulled a gun on him outside his home at Pinehurst Apartments off Tallassee Road, according to police.  Police questioned the man after the 3 a.m. shooting and later released him.  Callaway was dead when officers arrived, police said.  Investigators found evidence in the breezeway of 120 Pinehurst Court that appears to support the man’s self-defense claim.  “He was the shooter and the victim of a robbery,” Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said.  Callaway has an extensive record of felony arrests and convictions."

Va.: Suspect shot in robbery pleads guilty:  "According to court documents, on Jan 3, Blake Richardson arrived to the 7-Eleven at 3908 Atlantic Avenue on his skateboard. Richardson stood outside the store for a time before entering at 1 a.m., drawing his gun and demanding money from the clerk.  The victim retrieved his own weapon and pointed it at the suspect. Fearing his life, the clerk pulled the trigger after he says Richardson made a threatening move. The clerk was not injured and immediately called 911.  Around 1:30 a.m., a man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound. Investigators determined that he was the same person responsible for the 7-Eleven robbery."

Federal Judge: NC can’t ban guns during emergencies:  "Now, a federal court has agreed, ruling that state law can’t make a blanket ban that keeps the plaintiffs from carrying or buying guns and ammunition during an emergency. 'While the bans imposed ... may be limited in duration, it cannot be overlooked that the statutes strip peaceable, law-abiding citizens of the right to arm themselves in defense of hearth and home, striking at the very core of the Second Amendment,' Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote in his order."

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