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:
When Zimmerman sues NBC for editing the dispatch call to make him seem racist, his demands should include a public apology from @TheRevAl.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 14, 2013
— Travis Wolfeil (@proud_kafir) July 15, 2013
#Zimmerman is going to be a very rich man when he wins his law suit against NBC.
— Pat (@PatMarsh19) July 15, 2013
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) July 15, 2013
George Zimmerman is suing NBC for making him sound racist. I hope he wins the case because that would be real justice
— Kyle (@kyjohnson330) July 14, 2013
Nice thought: Zimmerman Sues and Wins Enough Money to Purchase NBC Outright! Take Down Their Lying, Cheating, Cold-Heart Reporting!
— Boudicca OnTheRight (@BoudiccaOTR) July 14, 2013
— Marvin Tuomala (@mng2mala) July 14, 2013
That would be poetic justice.