'Today' Report on Trayvon Martin Under Investigation After Accusation That Edited 911 Call Gave False Impression of Racial Profiling THR
A "Today" show report that included an edited version of the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman on the night he killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin is being investigated by NBC News, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The edited call gave the impression that Zimmerman was using racial profiling, the story notes. "We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story," a "Today" representative said.
The report included a segment from the call in which viewers heard Zimmerman say, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black," the story says.
In the actual call, Zimmerman said, "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."
The 911 operator asked, "OK. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?"
Zimmerman responded, "He looks black," according to the story.
Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized the "Today" segment as inflaming racial tensions in a controversial case, the piece adds.