nbcnewsIt seems that it is now the mainstream media that may set the legal tone for what price will be paid for altering content for the purpose of creating a false impression when reporting events to the public.


In the article in the above link, it is pointed out how NBC  “edited” the famous 911 call to give the false impression that George Zimmerman was profiling Trayvon Martin when he called the county 911 operator.

On the storied Today Show, NBC News told America Zimmerman said this on the 911 call:

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

When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:

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.

This sort of thing is done by bloggers every day. They will either alter content or make up content out of thin air, in order to falsely accuse someone of saying something they did not say.

Another excerpt from the article points out the potential grounds for the lawsuit filed by Mr Zimmerman:

“NBC is on the hook here for a big defamation, intentional infliction with emotional stress lawsuit here. They doctored that tape. It went out there. It started the whole narrative of Zimmerman being this hardened racist, this profiling racist that started everything.” Lis Wiehl, a Fox News analyst.

The consequences of this sort of action is quite real. This time the victim was the defendant in a high profile lawsuit and not a mere blogger.

There will not be a white knight freedom speech lawyer riding to the rescue this time around.

Stay tuned