When NBC was accused of deceptively editing audio of George Zimmerman’s call to the Sanford, Fla., police, the network claimed that Zimmerman’s conviction would prove that the destruction of his reputation had nothing to do with NBC’s broadcast:
“[I]f Zimmerman is convicted, that fact alone will constitute substantial evidence that the destruction of his reputation is the result of his own criminal conduct, and not of the broadcasts at issue which, like countless other news reports disseminated by media entities throughout the country, reported on the underlying events.”
Now that he has been acquitted of the charges against him, Zimmerman’s lawyer has announced that the lawsuit against NBC will resume.
Readers may recall that NBC edited the audio recording to make it sound as if Zimmerman suggested race first:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
But the full audio showed it was the dispatcher who proactively asked Zimmerman about race:
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.
Many Twitter users are cheering for the lawsuit to go forward:
That would be poetic justice.