Top 10 excerpts from zimmerman vs. Nbc news complaint

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    TOP 10 EXCERPTS FROM ZIMMERMAN VS. NBC NEWS COMPLAINT​





    December 7, 2012
    By: John Sexton



    On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output.

    The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC's coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular. Here are some of the highlights or, if you prefer, the media's lowlights from the complaint:

    1] NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain. Their goal was simple: keep their viewers alarmed, and thus always watching, by menacing them with a reprehensible series of imaginary and exaggerated racist claims.

    2] NBC created this false and defamatory mis-impression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made.

    3] Defendants pounced on the Zimmerman/Martin matter because they knew this tragedy could be, with proper sensationalizing and manipulation, a racial poweder keg that could result in months, if not years, of topics for their failing news programs, particularly the plummeting ratings for their ailing Today Show.

    4.The defendants media arson was ignited on March 19, 2012, when NBC and defendant [Jeff] Burside broadcast from Sanford, Florida the first manipulated audio of the call.

    5.Defendants' improper juxtaposition of unrelated dialogue between Zimmerman and the dispatcher was specifically done to imply that Zimmerman had a racist motive.

    6.Only after defendants' malicious acts were uncovered and exposed by other media outlets...did defendant NBC "apologize" and terminate some of those in its employ responsible for the yellow journalism identified in this Complaint.


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    fox does this all the time
     
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    You're a major dunce. I am sure you can point to two examples.

    Good for Zimmerman. He has been the victim of drive by media attention for way too long. The media had a story they wanted to tell that was at odds with the facts in the case. Had Zimmerman been black there would have been no coverage at all. Just one nigga shooting another nigga. Not newsworthy. But a white (Hispanic) shooting a black. Now that sells!
    I await Zimmermans' total vindication and winning this case.
     
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    He might be found Not Guilty for the criminal charges, but there's no chance in hell that he's got a chance of winning this lawsuit.
     
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    Correction: He won't win in court. NBC might settle, if it's cheaper for them to do so.
     
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    Why do you say that? "Reckless disregard for the truth" is the standard here. And they sure seem to have met it.
     

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