Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NBC Apologizes for Editing Zimmerman Call

(Cross-posted from IMAO)

NEW YORK CITY (AP) - NBC has revealed that it is launching an internal investigation into the "editing process" surrounding its broadcast of the conversation between George Zimmerman and a police 911 dispatcher, where Zimmerman appeared to volunteer racial information.

NBC played the conversation on the "Today Show" as: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

However, the unedited clip from the 911 call was as follows:
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.

Today Show Executive Producer - Ralph, the Wonder Llama
At a press conference Monday, "Today" show executive producer Jim Bell apologized for the error, saying "it does not represent the high journalistic standards of the 'Today' show."

After awkwardly fumbling with his notecards for a few moments, he added thoughtfully, "why not try a holiday in Sweden this year? See the lovely lakes, the wonderful telephone system, and many interesting furry animals. Including the majestic moose. A moose once bit my sister..."

At this point, NBC News Senior Vice President Cheryl Gould shoved Bell off the stage and announced, "we apologize for the fault in this press conference. Those responsible have been sacked."

Within seconds, Bell had clambered back onto the stage and grabbed the microphone while shouting, "mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty..."

Attempting to regain control of the situation, NBC News President Steve Capus shoved both Gould and Bell off the stage, declaring, "we apologize again for the fault in this press conference. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked."

The press conference ended abruptly in complete disarray when it was suddenly invaded by Vikings chanting about either spicy canned meat or unsolicited commercial email.

No moose were harmed during the event.


  1. Nyuk! Good chuckle this am, Harvey...

    No moose were harmed...


  2. Apology, MHWA. Zimmerman should sue NBC using a junkyard dog lawyer who doesn't mind using a rusty hammer in "negotiations"... (CMA: metaphorically speaking of course... )