The transcript that NBC put out on its show read, "This guy looks like
he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He looks black."
However, the unedited tape shows the following conversation:
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
911 operator: "Okay. And this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?"
Zimmerman: "He looks black."
The editing led a media watchdog organisation to accuse NBC News of
engaging in "an all-out falsehood".
While NBC News initially refused to comment, the news broadcaster did issue an apology to viewers.
"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error
made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be
taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the
future and apologize to our viewers," NBC News said in a statement.
This is the second head to roll as reporter Jeff Burnside from WTVJ in
Miami was earlier dismissed.