Maybe you had better put your protest hoody in mothballs. It turns out that the National Broadcasting Co., which aired the tape of the Zimmerman 911 call from the confrontation with Trayvon Martin, edited it in a way that distorted its meaning, making it seem that Zimmerman was being racist, when in fact he was not.
Here is what Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher, as aired in an edited version by NBC:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
Here is the full, unedited recording of that exchange:
“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."
Anyone who has spent any time in journalism can recognize what NBC did as despicable and unethical. In the circumstances, it also is a threat to the public welfare. It opens the door to violence, injustice, potentially even to lynching.
But you needn’t have spent time in journalism to recognize that NBC pulled a fast one, and that it doctored the 911 tapes out of the basest motives.
I am sure that anyone who has read this so far is filled with indignation, and will immediately call the sponsors who advertise anywhere on the NBC network, and ask them to withdraw their ads. Anyone who has listened to NBC in the past will, I confidently assume, stop doing so. They also will refuse to buy the products of any company that continues to advertise on NBC.
I especially expect such a response from the people who organized or supported a boycott against Rush Limbaugh. You are all highly principled people – right? -- and will follow your principles wherever they lead you.
Let the cleansing begin.