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MSNBC edits quote to make Zimmerman look racist

By now, all of you know about the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL, by Hispanic George Zimmerman.  Well, the “Lean Forward” network, MSNBC, offered up a news story with a Dowdified quote.  Via Big Journalism:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.

(Sidebar: quick explanation of “dowdified” here).

So, it’s clear that Zimmerman equates “suspicious” with “black”, right?  Um…not exactly:

ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

For the record, I think I’ll let the law enforcement folks do their job before I jump to conclusions the way that the majority of black America seems to have done.  But this is an example of rotten, corrupt, agenda-driven journalism and I think MSDNC ought to apologize to both of its viewers.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

March 30, 2012 - Posted by | bigotry, media bias, MSNBC, shameful


  1. We know who the REAL racists are in this country.

    Comment by Kanaka Girl | March 30, 2012

  2. Look people…it is clear what liberals WANT the truth to be, what Sharpton (pardon my redundancy) WANTS the truth to be, and what the masses who are blindly following them WANT it to be. If (and say IF, because interestingly, the State attorney’s office, who has WAY more info than Oprah, Spike Lee, and Rosanne, declined to file charges). A special investigation was started because people didn’t LIKE what the regular investigation yielded.
    If the evidence (I know, I know, who cares about evidence or facts…heck, look at the FEELINGS)…but if the evidence reveals that Zimmerman did NOT break the law, I am prepared to promise that the above-mentioned groups will not give ONE FAT CRAP…they will STILL insist that their, more information-limited ,emotions deserve some sort of “justice”. Now emiotions deserve “justice”…..

    Comment by Kevin | March 30, 2012

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  4. Al and Jesse make any situation worse. No matter the outcome of this whole ordeal, I predict a riot or two (or several dozen) this summer, only Zimmerman’s head on a stick would satisfy “those people”.

    He’s as much Hispanic as Obama is black but no one in the MSM ever mentions that.

    Comment by Dux | March 31, 2012

  5. There are a lot of defensive whites jumping to conclusions that Trayvon was the attacker. I wouldn’t give that to one side. Though I did just see the tape of Zimmerman 40 minutes after the shooting and I didn’t see any blood or other evidence that he was getting beat up.

    Comment by Alli | March 31, 2012

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  7. PMSNBC editing and/or misquoting someone to further the leftist agenda is nothing new. This is the MSM’s stock and trade, telling half the story or misquoting or out of context editing, etc. Nothing new to me, I expect it from the MSM and its faces on the news. That’s why I don’t watch them anymore.
    The absence of blood or visible injuries on the police video of Zimmerman can be attributed to the medical personnel who attended to him at the scene. Nothing more, nothing less. And the video is quality challenged.
    I’m sick of Sharpton and Jackson always jumping into the fray of a situation and turning it into something it is not.
    Somebody needs to take care of those bozos. What a couple of useless beings.
    Liberalism is a serious mental disorder.

    Comment by Jules P. Guidry | April 2, 2012

  8. Crazy observation folks; The 1992 riots over the Rodney King incident (clearly perpetuated by the media) happened in an election year. What BETTER stunt could the leftist media pull to help the president keep attention off of his grotesque failure in leadership than to hype up the base (leftists, race-hate poverty pimps like Sharpton, young college age people who always believe they are the gateway generation to radical justice reform, minority action groups, etc). How helpful is it to Obama for the media to get everyone’s minds made up for them BEFORE the facts are in (interestingly, the State Attorney in Sanford has much more information, and has yet to prosecute…weird huh?)
    A few riots would really help the left get their base VERY angry and then they can spin that anger (based on the perceived injustice that the media has help assemble) and convince this base that they should vote for Obama because somehow, he will make it all better.
    I can totally see this as another “hey, vote for me because you’re MAD…and because I need you to be mad because I totally SUCK as a leader, so please don’t look at my record…just be MAD!”

    Comment by Kevin | April 2, 2012

  9. Not crazy at all Kevin, you are EXACTLY right. Those people couldn’t give a flying fig about “Trayvon” – they just enjoy the rioting.
    If this is truly about justice, why aren’t they rioting in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, etc….where MANY black men are killed each and every day.
    Obama is ramping up the racism to detract from his massive failures. I believe he WANTS to start a race war.
    Read the history of Nazi Germany…..Obama is doing exactly what Hitler did and the useful idiots are being used as pawns. They’re just too ignorant to know it.

    Comment by Kanaka Girl | April 2, 2012

  10. It’s only racial if it’s white on black.

    Comment by Dux | April 2, 2012

  11. Hey Ali…you said “Though I did just see the tape of Zimmerman 40 minutes after the shooting and I didn’t see any blood or other evidence that he was getting beat up.”
    So, based on what you THINK YOU SEE, 40 minutes AFTER an incident, you honestly think you are prepared to reconstruct what happened DURING the incident? [For the record, he had a huge gash in the back of the head that, amazingly, someone actually managed to CLEAN UP in 40 short little minutes]
    Oh, yeah, the tape…And was the footage you saw the fuzzy picture or the crisper one that shows a huge GASH in the back of the dude’s head?
    See, I don’t CARE if Zimmerman is guilty or innocent, in as much as justice should reflect the facts (not the perceived facts, or the one-sided interpretation of data). If he did it (and I don’t, for a second, claim that he didn’t, because, like YOU Ali, I WAS NOT FREAKING THERE SO I CAN’T POSSIBLY KNOW. EVEN IF THE LIBERAL MEDIA SPINS THE CRAP OUT OF IT, neither you nor I can know what happened out there)…but, IF he did it, break it off in him like the law should (not the media who need to stir the liberal base). IF the evidence shows that Martin (no, not the 12 year old little boy in the MSNBC picture, but the 17 year old Martin) may have, indeed, attacked Zimmerman…I’m cool with that too. I don’t “need” the truth to be a specific version. I just respect the truth as the truth. Hey, Ali, have you contacted the State Attorney in Sanford and gotten him to forward all of their findings to you (and by “all”, I do not mean the spliced audio bytes and 5 year old heart-tugging pictures)? Nah, why would you need their findings. You have……………liberal media perception!

    Comment by Kevin | April 5, 2012

  12. If you are minding your own business and realize you are being followed at night in the rain after leaving a corner store and heading home…(or wherever you happen to be heading)… by a bigger adult male for no apparent reason; most people will feel nervous and threatened (Ladies – you KNOW you would and if your teen sons/daughters called on cellphone saying same your heart would sink, please don’t lie). Then Stand your Ground law is invoked right? You are allowed, even encouraged, to confront your follower and engage in physical ‘self defense’ if you feel threatened. Why was it wrong for Trayvvon to confront this adult and even punch him? Since the guy is bigger – Trayvvon may have deliberately waited til his back was turned to get an advantage….sounds reasonable….stupid maybe….but the Law isn’t about being smart.Teen boys pumped up on testosterone can do very stupid things, even men.
    Trayvvon didn’t pull a gun on him – reasonable force is a relative term but punching someone who was following you to make sure they don’t continue to follow you (I mean come on – who wants a strange man to see where you live?) seems reasonable as this Law suggests. And then if he then saw Zimmermans gun -bashing his head into the sidewalk seems pretty reasonable as well. Isn’t that the basis of Stand you Ground? Trayvvon – according to this Law – was doing whatever he felt he needed to do to protect himself especially since he did not have a gun.

    Everyone is right in the basis of ‘we won’t know until we know’ and the scenario I described – I think is plausible – but I obviously don’t know if things happened this way. Its just another way to look at things to see how bad this Law really is.
    However, no matter how you look at it – Zimmerman was told by police NOT to continue following Trayvvon….and he did. This MAY have all been avoided had he stopped following the boy sooner (and 17 is still a boy no matter how tall he happens to be). And Zimmerman was the one with the gun. In a confrontation between two people…and one has a gun, who is more likely to feel more threatened?
    I have a feeling the courts will find that Stand your Ground Law allowed Trayvvon to confront Zimmerman and use physical self defense. And yes – the same law allowed Zimmerman to shoot him. But it didn’t allow Zimmerman to follow the boy to the extent that he did – especially after being told by police to stop. What its going to boil down to – who is the causitive force behind this incident that snowballed into a death.
    The Stand your Ground Law is a real problem – it gave both parties the opportunity to lawfully engage in violence. What a sad outcome over a stupid law.

    Comment by sara | April 23, 2012

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