Awesome: George Zimmerman to resume lawsuit against NBC for deceptive editing

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.

  • guido911

    I am interested in the discovery of this case. Who edited the video, who ordered it….

    • Neill Augustine

      You’ll recall they never said, & they may not even remember now. The guy was fired, the guy was disciplined… They nearly lied as much as this administration trying to dodge the storm of their brewing.

      Discovery should be like pulling teeth. Without anesthesia.

      • Marcy Cook

        I hope the person who was fired testifies against MSNBC and also makes a ton of money.

    • Nathan Stewart

      Not to mention all the additional instances since the suit was originally filed….

    • tjp77

      Why, it was an unpaid intern on his first day on the job, of course. Nothing to see here.

      • Ty in TX

        I’m sure, it was a rogue editor in the Cincinnati office.

        • Herb1949

          Who now works for the IRS.

          • Calcat36

            And destroyed the DHS evidence in Utah.

      • run4fun53

        Now he’s the intern at NTSB that confirmed the names of the four Asiana pilots!

      • Buckshot67

        I dont care if he was there 1 day or one decade, he was acting on thier behalf and they are responsible. Maybe they should vet thier interns better. They published it. Own it. May as well youll be made to anyway.

    • IronButterfly

      After the Zim lawyers tee off on MSNBC they can head on over to CNN to sue them for showing George’s SS number.

    • john brothers

      That my friend is an order far taller than you or I to worry about.

  • goldwater89

    They’ll probably settle to avoid further embarrassment. I hope he gets millions.

    • Iacobus

      You assume that NBC is actually capable of shame. 😉

      • Neill Augustine

        Corporate shame is listed in loss of market share and advertising revenue.

        • tjp77

          Which is already almost zero, so they don’t have much to lose at this point.

          • Arcturus

            What universe are you speaking of? Surely not this one, where NBC News wins both morning show and nightly news ratings regularly. Facts are fun, try them out sometime.

          • therantinggeek

            I was about to ask you the same question. Mind backing up your claim with something substantial?

          • tjp77


            NBC may win the broadcast networks, but when talking about the 24-hour cable news networks (which is what these conversations are about), NBC gets trounced into oblivion by Fox.

          • john brothers

            there are a lot of stupid people out there. once the seed is planted the growth happens!

    • Nathan Stewart

      I pray that he holds out to force them to recant and apologize on EVERY SHOW that defamed him..

  • CR

    Seems a very clearcut case to me. The problem with slander claims is usually proving actual monetary damages but in this case, there should be no trouble demonstrating harm to reputation and actual financial loss. Also clear that NBC acted with malice (punitive damage requirement in most cases), plus Zimmerman was not a public figure so there is no requirement that the plaintiff prove reckless disregard for the truth as when a media person sues (although I suspect they could meet the standard in this case).

    On another note… can we all form a class action and sue for fraud. They deceived the American public and at least 1/2 of the country fell for it and devoted endless time and energy to perpetuating the fraud!

    Actually, never mind. The liberals were the only ones successfully defrauded by this farce! Proving damages would be too hard because their time and energy is worth so little.

    • TomJB

      And there are plenty of monetary damages. The man will have an impossible time getting a job for the rest of his life

    • tuxkatz

      Actually, malice (knowledge that the statement was false or reckless disregard for the truth) must be shown when there is defamation of a public official/figure.
      Negligence must be shown for defamation of private figures if the statement involves matters of public concern (which it probably doesn’t, but who knows? I’m a little iffy on this).
      I’d think negligence can be met, but like you stated, the problem is that with slander (unless it is slander per se, which it is not here), special damages (i.e., $$) need to be shown.

      That’s a really general summary of defamation from someone suffering from insomnia while studying for the bar exam. Forgive me if I messed that up. If anyone thinks I screwed up, I’ll come back with more energy and fix anything wrong.
      The elements should not be hard to meet, especially since the standard should be negligence instead of malice.

      • PhxRising

        tuxkatz, be careful. First rule of thumb is to apply the controlling law of the jurisdiction in which the complaint is filed. GZ filed his lawsuit in Florida; it’s possible that BarBri’s defamation rule statements aren’t identical to Florida’s defamation laws.

        At any rate, good luck on the exam!

        • tuxkatz

          Thank you :)
          Did a quick check and it appears that FL has the same general rules of what standard to apply to public vs. private figures.
          Also reread the wording of the original post and saw that I misread it as saying that malice needs to be shown but reckless disregard doesn’t (which doesn’t make sense since the latter defines the former). This is why I need to stay out of comments when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night.

          • CR

            Sorry if I wasn’t clear. Actual malice doesn’t need to be shown b/c Zimmerman wasn’t a public figure, the “New York Times” actual malice standard only applies to public figures as you indicated. I also said “here is no requirement that the plaintiff prove reckless disregard for the truth,” not that you did need to show that.

            By mentioning malice, I just meant to indicate that in this case, while it was not necessary to prove defamation, malice COULD be shown… which could help to increase punitive damages if they are available in FL (I don’t know what FL laws on punitive damages are for slander and I am too lazy to check).

          • john brothers

            relax, your doing great!

    • kilahchris

      What financial loss, the man did not have a job. defamation cases are the hardest thing to prove in court. Especially when you are on tape saying things like “these punks always get away” George needs be grateful that is not behind bars for Manslaughter. He needs to call it a day!

  • curlylouis19

    Not only should Zimmerman continue to sue NBC, but his lawyers should hold a press conference and let it be known that if the NAACP and the DOJ continue to go after their client, then they will file lawsuits against both parties for harassment among other things.

  • GaryTheBrave

    He needs to add CNN to the suit for revealing his SSN and address.

    • Guest

      Was just about to say the same thing, lol.

    • Neill Augustine

      Yep, though that one should be federal, no?

      • GaryTheBrave

        Both should be federal. NBC broadcast that all over the country.

    • Jeremy

      I think that they are doing one lawsuit at a time.

    • Marcy Cook


    • john brothers

      they are at the top of the list of biased stations. I think Sonny Hostons gonna cry because of the verdict!

      • Buckshot67

        The facts roll off her like water on a beaver, Sonny Hostons is exactly the scary type of race motivated prosecutor that shouldnt be in law. She shows a real disregard for the law if it doesnt mesh with her extreme left agenda on race and other matters. Either shes so biased she cant hide it, or she made it through law school by some other than honest means.

    • Buckshot67

      The real cookie is the withholding of exculpatory evidence under brady by the DA and prosecuting Attnys. While not a $ finding, its huge in terms of malicious prosecution

      • john brothers

        amen! the state prosecutor was assigned this as a Witch Hunt brought on by NAACP, Sharpton. Amazing how everyone bows down to their extortion tactics.

  • JoeCollins

    I am dreaming of a settlement which requires NBC to pay for 60 second commercials on all networks saying, “We lied.”

    • MarcusFenix

      Now imagine if networks (all of them, mind you, not just NBC), had to do that.

      “Apology Time” would become the mainstay of viewing.

    • love2rumba

      and they do it for a year so that even lowliest low information voter will know.

    • DaCheezWhizKid

      They should have to pay for Zim’s personal security detail……..for life.

  • Neil Leininger

    Let’s remember George is an Obama liberal.

    • Guest

      Let’s remember that we’re better than liberals and hope that even those who we disagree with are made whole when wronged.

    • love2rumba

      I don’t think he is anymore.

    • Michael Morris

      I imagine that he, at the very least, had second thoughts about that after the President implied that he was a racist murderer on national TV.

    • Zenock

      I think you mean “was” I very much doubt he still is.

    • Marcy Cook

      A definition of a conservative is a liberal who got mugged. In this case, I think George got a beat down, a rape, and a total destruction of his life. I think he qualifies as a conservative now. He certainly earned his stripes.

    • NRPax

      Was there anything approaching a point in that statement? I don’t care what his political leaning were. He’s in the right to go after NBC and they deserve to be immolated over this.

      • Neil Leininger


        • NRPax

          Ah. I beg your pardon. Sometimes intent doesn’t always carry over in the online world.

      • Neil Leininger


    • Matthew Monroe

      I may not agree with his politics… but wrong IS WRONG!!!

    • john brothers

      there are many o libs, but I will overlook the lost whites to let justice prevail over this race baiting faction of people!

  • stellatruman

    And then he can sue CNN for broadcasting his SS#

  • jenndee

    If there is any justice this man will get millions!

  • Marvin Nelson

    George should be able to get enough from NBC to pay for bodyguards forever. I hope he takes them to the cleaners. The MSM need to be held accountable for their slanted “journalism.”

  • Walter

    I think that Zimmerman should sue CNN for airing his Social Security number and other personal information first, that way he wins enough to live comfortably on and money isn’t an issue. Then he followes with a suit against NBC, and since he won’t need the money, he should demand from NBC either $100 million or a 15 minute spot where they must appologize and disclose all the tactics they used in stoking the racial flames. Let them choose whether they pay handsomely or eat crow in a very public manner.

  • chetnapier

    It would also be nice to see him go after every one that printed the picture of martin as an innocent child that caused the public perception of GZ as a monster

  • RedSoloCup

    Go get them, George!

  • Arcturus

    I thought right-wingers didn’t like frivolous lawsuits. What if Georgie was suing BP because his shrimp fishery was ruined? I suppose then we would see some of that good old fashioned fake-outrage wingnuttery that we love.

    • NRPax

      Actually, it’s not a frivolous lawsuit at all. They deliberately edited a 911 call, left out key information and slandered an innocent man for the sake of ratings boosts. Do try to keep up; it’s annoying to have to slow down for folks like you all the time.

      • Arcturus

        So shouldn’t Fox News be doing nothing but defending itself in court 24x7x365 then? Selective editing is their middle name. Admit your hypocrisy. Wait, don’t – there is no need to tax your neurons further this morning, I know the truth.

        • NRPax

          You’re so cute, I bet you’re the voice of Elmo. And it’s even cuter that you think you can hold up Fox News like a holy talisman and still not give any specific examples of them engaging in doing something similar.

          Point of clarification: Can you give a specific example of Fox News editing a 911 call like NBC did? I know it’s going to tax your meager mental resources but life is hard sometimes.

          • King Leer

            It’s been 16 hours and they have but not one example. Win!

          • NRPax

            Oh look! This is my shocked face: -:-|

        • Macranthunter

          Specific cases please.

          I’ll be the first to state that anywhere Fox has essentially ruined the life of someone redress is necessary and proper.

          Remember Richard Jewell v. NBC?

          You’d think with more people watching Fox than CNN, MSNBC combined that this would have been picked up by an attorney somewhere…

          There are 320 million Americans. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

          Why don’t you hire a lawyer and bring this to the courts? Should be easy by your logic, right?

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          Typical Liberal, “Fox News does it all the time!” Yet can’t give an example. If Fox News had done that, I wouldn’t ever watch them again. But they didn’t. The fact that what NBC did clearly doesn’t bother you speaks volumes of the type of person you are: Liberal and ignorant.

          • HonestBrokerBoston

            Shirley Sherod. James O’keefe pimp style.

          • HonestBrokerBoston

            Shirley Sherod. James O’keefe pimp style.

        • AZWarrior

          Example? Otherwise you are just trolling again.

      • $12942371

        The irony of all of this, NBCNews has a piece up right now about how ‘GZ’s legal troubles are not over’. Of course they conveniently left out the part where he is SUING THEM!

        Just desserts would be him suing them for the total cost of security for the rest of his life due to their journalistic malfeasance. I would gladly donate to the Zimmerman fund to sue those rat bazztards.

        Law abiding citizens should not be attacked by American media, I hope they pay.

        • NRPax

          The end result of this should be a smoking crater where NBC headquarters once stood and the film of its destruction shown to every Journalism Major in this country as an example of how to behave.

          • AZWarrior

            Don’t forget to salt the earth where NBC stood so nothing will grow back.

    • $12942371

      I absolutely hate frivolous lawsuits! This totally legitimate and necessary suit on the other hand, I am 100% behind. I would gladly donate whatever I can to see that he comes out as the victor.

    • Macranthunter

      Exceedingly true. And this isn’t a frivolous lawsuit. It has implications for Zimmerman directly and the state of reporting as a whole. It has potential to be a game changer in journalism and reporting as an industry.

      Next silly question please.

    • Bemani Dog

      And he’s not a right-winger. George is a Democrat.

    • Mick_Pearson

      Forget it Jake, it’s Twitchy.

    • AZWarrior

      Another mindless cultist heard from. My day is complete. Yawn.

  • Don Truscott

    What about CNN…..they put his ss # and address on live tv. That sounds like money to me.

  • Steve Brown

    I am told that truth is the best defense against accusations of slander. But when you can’t use truth as your defense… ?

  • Gallatin

    The DOJ is going to review the Zimmerman case for possible civil right violations, I think they should start with NBC.

    • Bemani Dog

      With the DOJ on the record as already having said George Zimmerman is NOT a racist, that will be a very hard row to hoe.

      • Gallatin

        That’s why the only place the DOJ can go with their investigation is to any media organization that “painted” George Zimmerman as a racist.

  • OneShotZimmerman

    I hope George wins. And in the settlement he gets to host SNL

    • Mick_Pearson

      I would start watching tv again, just to see Geezee xhit himself with fear, this time on live television.

  • Calcat36

    Let’s hope he sues the community agitator and alleged “reverend” Sharleton, who, in a Christian manner seems HELL BENT on crucifying an innocent man with the civil case! Don’t go away mad Sharleton, JUST GO AWAY!

  • Rich Truesdell

    If there is any justice, George Zimmerman’s suit against NBC/MSNBC will
    be successful. NBC/MSNBC was clearly irresponsible and led in part,
    along with the rest of the media, to his indictment. This in turn led to
    MILLIONS in unnecessary legal fees. But NBC/MSNBC was the most
    egregious in its editing the tape in an intentional effort to discredit

    Justice here will be that the primary judgment will be enough to pay his
    lawyers, then there will be treble damages for willful intent to defame
    George Zimmerman.

    It has been obvious, even to a blind man, that since the start of this
    tragedy, that there was an agenda on the part of the media to convict
    George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion. But it was NBC, and
    especially its MSNBC commentators and anchors to do whatever they could
    to first see him indicted, then convicted. That he was found not guilty
    must be a profound disappointment to them, but thankfully, our system of
    justice functioned as it was designed, more than 200 years ago.

    Maybe, as an act of contrition, that George Zimmerman can offer to
    Trayvon Martin’s family part of the settlement to them in recognition of
    their loss.

  • Buckshot67

    I have no idea why anyones surprised by this . I say sue them until their pockets bleed.

  • BeauDCrab

    And then, The Martin-Fultons Sue Zimmerman, and he’s broke again.

  • PeriMedic

    Can he sue the State Attorney for calling him a murderer after his acquittal?

  • HonestBrokerBoston

    This is going nowhere. You have to show malicious intent by the network and it’s not there. They fired the person do did it. End of story.

    • Brother bob

      Not there? Edit much?

  • HonestBrokerBoston

    This is going nowhere. You have to show malicious intent by the network and it’s not there. They fired the person do did it. End of story.

  • David brown

    MSNBC will start having to make money to pay Zimmeman. I think there’s some in the cushions in the couch in the green room!

  • kilahchris

    George Zimmer shoud be lucky enough he did not get hit with a manslaughter charge. He needs to count his blessings. NBC has a room full of lawyers who are bored and have nothing better to do. George can not go to war with a media giant like NBC. Defamation is the hardest thing to prove in court cases. He is just wasting his time and money!

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  • Al Lozito

    This is the media coverage that causes the racial tension that has exploded between our races. And it only get worse every day.