As denoted by the New York Post story "NBC Miami Reporter Fired Over Misleading --" it states the following;
MIAMI -- A reporter at NBC's WTVJ was fired after a 911 call made by Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, was edited in a way that made his comments appear racist, similar to the misleading clip shown on NBC's flagship "Today" show.
While that is a news story in itself, the Huffington Post has a more interesting article, because it is written by a HuffPo editor (Janie Campell) who (according to HuffPo) worked with the dismissed Jeff Burnside at NBC Miami station WTVJ. Janie Campell is noted as having left the station several months prior to the Trayvon Martin case. In HuffPo's "Jeff Burnside--" story - it states that Mr. Burnside is quoted as saying;
“As anybody in the news business knows, something that seems very clear is often very, very complicated,” Burnside told Mediawire when reached by phone on Wednesday.Now, I am going on the record that I believe that Mr. Burnside is being scapegoated and there is much more to this side of the Trayvon Martin debacle - than it would "appear" to be. 1st off, the "edit" in question is NOT about the much debated "f---- [c]----" George Zimmerman remark. The "edit" is about streaming parts of the 911 call together, to fit a time frame and the "leaving" out of what many deem as germane info in between. While the issue is relevant - it was not as misleading an issue as the hooplah would infer. Mr. Burnside is a scapegoat.
For greater details on the Zimmerman case - we have Mother Jones below the fold.
Mother Jones Post Online - Vast Evidentiary Details
When looking for "fact" specific details, often the main stream media (MSM) fails us. I do concur that NBC made an error in their edit rush to get the story out. But it is NOT like they forged an issue. They made that proverbial faux pas of taking two partial points to add up an (inference) that was likely to be misconstrued (like "Judas hung himself" being directly spliced to the verse "Jesus says you go and do likewise").
However, Fox, Romney and Boehner do far worse than this ever day. We can't haul Fox into court, stop Mitt the pitts from his GOP run (despite the fact he did NOT win Iowa, Maine, Michagin etc) OR - impeach John Boehner (though many of us want to do more than that with him). No, we are stuck with there "perversions" of the facts and far fetched "splicings" - intolerable as they are.
MoJo Provides Real Documentation
Fortunately, we do have those who effort at the truth in an unbiased manner, regardless of their purported point of view. Mother Jones (MoJo) has blessed us with posting a plethora of documents and links apropos this the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman saga - and we will give you some very noteworthy parts.
See some links here --
Links to Pictures of Crime Scene and a MoJo Video
Previously, our fellow Kossack "edg" provided us with the Diary "Trayvon Martin Crime Scene Photo". It is a necessary background piece - because it gives a detailed photo of the actual police tape position of where Trayvon Martin purportedly fell after the shooting (bare in mind subsequent police reports state CPR was administered and at least a "roll over" of Trayvon had to occur).
This photo is from edg's Diary;
Also we have many background photos etc - from "Marinade Dave's" website (Marinade Dave has provided detailed local photos at ground eye level - his 1/2 dozen stories upon his websiteare worth exploring - if you want more change of ascertaining "All" the facts);
MoJo has a constant update on their website. It is noteworthy too, that MoJo has a story denoting the fact that Zimmerman's prosecution can fail. You can find many details interesting at MoJo's story "The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained". Also - MoJo directs us links (here) - of vast documents, transripts etc. One good link in line with the background above - is to the "Grio" website. MoJo denotes that Grio's managing editor (and also MSNBC story contributor) Joy-Ann Reid's video analysis of the Trayvon travesty. Sorry that the video won't embed. I 've looked for it on YouTube etc. Thus, you have to click on the link at her "Reid Report" here;
Transcript of George Zimmerman 911 Tape
What is as interesting, if not more so, is the fact that MoJo has many documents you can download, including a copy (purportedly) of the Transcript of the George Zimmerman now infamous 911 call. GZ does say the "a--holes" always get away and the "f---- [c]----" is denoted as to be unidentifiable. As for me, I believe we are being snowed everywhere they wish.
Unless you have a copy, direct from the original recording and "trust" all the handlers in between; it is highly unlikely we will ever know what was really said. I played the original taping to myself hundreds of times. Each and every time I tried to splice into my mind that Zimmerman was saying "[c]old" or "[k]ooks" etc. Over and over again.
Now, the most "recent" versions that I listened to on the Young Turks sounds like he said "F---- [c]ove". There's a CNN enhanced version that denotes Zimmerman is saying "[c]old". Then CNN also contradicts itself - saying it is the word "Punks"
Arguments over what George Zimmerman said
Transcript of Zimmerman's 911 call
Regardless of what anyone wishes to believe; it is my opinion/ contention - that if a black Trayvon had shot a (what ever color/ race) Zimmerman - an arrest would have been swift. If you believe that contention has possibility - then you believe that racism potentially still exists.
This is the key part of the Transcript (here);
Zimmerman: Somethings wrong with him. Yup, he's coming to check me out, he's got something in his hands, I don't know what his deal is.
Dispatcher: Just let me know if he does anything ok
Zimmerman: How long until you get an officer over here?
Dispatcher: Yeah we've got someone on the way, just let me know if this guy does anything else.
Zimmerman: Okay. These assholes they always get away. When you come to the clubhouse you come straight in and make a left. Actually you would go past the clubhouse.
Dispatcher: So it's on the lefthand side from the clubhouse?
Zimmerman: No you go in straight through the entrance and then you make a left…uh you go straight in, don't turn, and make a left. Shit he's running.
Dispatcher: He's running? Which way is he running?
Zimmerman: Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood.
Dispatcher: Which entrance is that that he's heading towards?
Zimmerman: The back entrance…fucking [unintelligible]
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Dispatcher: Ok, we don't need you to do that.
There are several items that have been missed by the banter and hyperbole propogated in the media. Zimmerman claims to be "trained" and a "Captain" of the Neighborhood watch. How did that moniker come to be. If it was self appointed, it does go "evidentiary" to mind set.
Also, if you look at that part of the transcript in the context that I've spliced it in (middle of the 911 call) - there are several interesting issues. One key item that the main stream has not reported, is the fact that GZ was questioned "Are you following him?" and he said "Yeah". Then he was told "OK, we don't need you to do that."
To which Zimmerman replied/ acknowledged "OK".
Just as Zim's defense and those fighting for "Watching" the neighborhood or right to kill/ Stand Your Ground enthusiasts may argue that the 911 call demonstrates that George Zimmerman was playing by the book. I, or any half decent prosecutor can take the above transcript - if true - to denote the following facts of evidence.
George Zimmerman asked how long until you get an officer over here.
He was told "we've got someone on the way"
George Zimmeran then says "these assholes always get away"
(NOTE: Zim has made a conclusion ALREADY the John Doe is an asshole)
Now, it takes 10 to 20 seconds for GZ's directions - BEFORE Zim says
"Shit he's running"
Until we see the actual officer's notes on the initial intakes of statement, (which we may Never see) - there are several reports by Zim's father, brother, etc - that Trayvon came up to Zim at his truck. I will go check all the MoJo documents to see if there's any direct note quotes.
However, there are witnesses that the fight was never "on the concrete" as Zim claims. There are many "enhanced" photos trying to show "massive" wounds to George Zimmerman's head. But he was not needed to go to the hospital at the time (or get stitches) and we have multiple experts stating that the cry for help is not possible to be George Zimmerman.
What we do have is the fact that Trayvon's mother heard the tapes and that when they were played, the Sanford Mayor broke into tears as Trayvon's mother broke down crying according to this Reuter's story that said Sybrina:
"When we got to the cries for help, that was when Sybrina burst into tears," recalled Jackson. "She said, 'That's Trayvon. That's our son.' She ran out of the room crying."It is just as plausible that Zimmerman caught Trayvon off guard, that Zimmerman went after the "asshole" that was trying to get away. That when Zimmerman went to pull his gun - Trayvon freaked and did cry for help and went to hit, punch - whatever - the stalking George Zimmerman. There are many possible scenarios and even a court of alaw can only surmise to a "reasonable doubt" level or not - what transpired.
Journalist Jeff Burnside's goose may be cooked and is most likely scapegoated (Note to Jeff - Laser has a story that can give you clout). But, of all the issues scorned and the many not addressed, like the fact that the Sanford Mayor has been far better than most elected officials in handling this affair. There is one thing that is absolutely certain and I, if I were the prosecutor would conclude with this very fact.
When Zimmerman was told "we don't need you to do that" (follow Trayvon) and George replied with an affirmative "OK". He should have Stopped right then and there. Had GZ complied with his acknowledge
Trayvon would not be dead!