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Flashback: NewsBusters Exposed NBC’s Deceptive Zimmerman Edits

By Rich Noyes

In 2012, the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, Trayvon Martin, by a member of a community Neighborhood Watch program, George Zimmerman, became a racial flash point and the focus of heavy national news coverage. Eleven years ago this week, NewsBusters helped expose how deceptive editing by NBC News made the already-tense situation even worse; the resulting scandal led NBC to fire three people involved in the story, yet the network refused to issue an on-air correction or apology.

MRC President Brent Bozell and Fox News host Sean Hannity broke the story on the March 29, 2012 edition of Hannity. Two days earlier, NBC’s Today show had aired a clip that suggested Zimmerman volunteered the information that Martin was black, making it seem as if race was a factor in Zimmerman confronting the teenager.

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