Les Jones did a post based on a comment I made at Weer’d's blog, and I thought I should probably do my own post on it as a follow-up to yesterday’s post. It’s a contemporary and easily verified example of the media lying by misquoting, in what can only be a deliberately misleading and malicious attempt by MSNBC to paint George Zimmerman as an unapologetic and open racist.
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car.
The thing is, that’s not really what he said. If you look at the transcript of the 911 call, or listen to the recording, you can easily see that for yourself. And while the words MSNBC published did come from Zimmerman, you’ll see that an important part of that conversation is missing. A part that makes what he actually said incredibly different.
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: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
That paints an entirely different picture, doesn’t it? One that’s far less damning to Zimmerman in the court of public opinion.
If they’re going to lie that brazenly about something that’s so easily verifiable, what else are they lying about, in this case and in others? I and others pointed out the problem with their quote in comments at their site four days ago, but it has not been changed and no retraction or correction has been published that I am aware of. This means it can only have been deliberate.
Do not trust the news media. Whether it’s to boost their ratings, to advance their political agenda, or simply because they’re too lazy to learn the truth, they cannot be trusted.
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[Source: U.S. News on MSNBC.com article, retrieved 3/23/12 (for my comment at Weer'd World) and again on 3/27/12]
[Source: Examiner.com transcription of George Zimmerman's 911 call, retrieved 3/23/12 (for my comment at Weer'd World) and again on 3/27/12]