Bias on the part of the main stream media is one thing; deliberate distortion, make that lying because it’s more accurate, is another. I am referring to the doctoring of Zimmerman’s conversation with the 911 dispatcher on the Today Show that went as follows.
The conversation as NBC played the doctored recording:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
If that were the recording it would indicate bias. But the actual conversation was:
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.”
We have come to expect this type of dishonesty from the likes of Al Sharpton. The general public discounts it knowing the lack of credibility of the source. However, NBC is still a generally respected network.
Freedom of speech is and should remain broadly interpreted but it does not give you the right to falsely cry fire in a crowded theatre. What NBC has done is play into Al Sharpton’s incitement to riot. NBC’s license should be suspended. It will not be, of course. NBC has a history of deliberate dishonest reporting. If you remember they rigged a bomb under the fender of a truck to explode on external impact and then crashed another vehicle into it to set off the bomb “proving” the trucks were dangerous and condemning the manufacturer. The truck episode was not as egregious because it had no potential for the loss of life and was not racist.
However, NBC’s act fans the flames of insurrection which conceivably could cause personal injury and loss of life. At the very least it is an act of inexcusable irresponsibility.