According to Erik Wemple of the Washington Post, NBC is launching an internal investigation to determine whether or not the Today Show aired an inappropriately edited version of George Zimmerman's 911 call.
The network allegedly aired audio that was doctored to make it seem like Zimmerman was following Trayvon Martin because he was black:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good...He looks black.
However, Business Insider reports that the unedited transcript of the call reads as follows:
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: Okay, and this guy—is he black, white, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
This unedited version indicates that Zimmerman only mentioned Martin's race because he was asked about it by the dispatcher. If NBC chopped up the call to paint Zimmerman as a bigot, that's irresponsible. And unnecessary.
[via Business Week]