The shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin during a sidewalk confrontation with George Zimmerman in Orlando 10 years ago stoked the new civil rights movement – so claims a column and video for the opinion section of the Times marking the anniversary: “Trayvon Martin Is Still Making America Confront Its Original Sin.”
This video includes race-baiting by Al Sharpton, an alleged civil rights leader; former President Barack Obama; and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Sharpton’s video isn’t the worst. It also contains a lie. This lies about a deliberate truncation from the 911 audio tape. The purposeful alteration was made to make George Zimmerman appear racist. The video’s co-producer is Blow (a liberal black columnist who works for the newspaper).
The video, in which Zimmerman’s acquittal is treated as a racial injustice, included an audio clip from the 911 call by Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin. In order to make Zimmerman seem racist, an audio clip of the 911 dispatcher was cut.
That is the way it works Times video quoted Zimmerman’s call, around 55 seconds in: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He looks black.”
It Times’The closed-caption function provides the following as one continuous quote.
Here is the transcription of the actual exchange as it was relayed back by Brian Stelter when he was there. It TimesNewsBusters spotted NBC News doing the exact same thing with the 911 audio. It proves it was the 911 dispatcher, not Zimmerman, who initially brought up Martin’s race. Stelter called NBC’s quote “grossly inappropriate” in its NBC version:
“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.” Then the dispatcher asked, “O.K., and this guy — is he white, black or Hispanic?” Only then did Mr. Zimmerman say, “He looks black.”
It was only recently that it happened. The Times escape a lawsuit for lying about Sarah Palin supposedly inspiring a mass shooting in Arizona.
After NewsBusters brought NBC’s lie to light, the NBC producer was fired.