Bozell: NBC 'Fanning The Flames Of Racial Hatred In America'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 3, 2012 | 3:07 PM EDT

The Washington Post has reported that NBC will be investigating who at NBC was responsible for dishonestly airing a doctored 9-1-1 conversation between George Zimmerman to make it look like Zimmerman's intent was racially motivated.

But, Media Research Center (MRC) Pres. Brent Bozell says this is not enough, so he’s calling on NBC’s parent, Comcast, to conduct its own investigation.

In a statement released today, Bozell stresses the seriousness of airing an edited tape that might inflame racial tensions – and likens NBC investigating itself to “Nixon investigating the Watergate tapes.”

"This is a massive breach of the public trust. NBC is guilty of dishonestly fanning the flames of racial hatred in America by doctoring tapes. NBC cannot be trusted with the investigation. It's like Nixon investigating the Watergate tapes,” Bozell says.

“NBC’s parent company Comcast needs to investigate the intentional editing of George Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call. Comcast needs to come clean. Everyone involved needs to be held accountable." 

Bozell also warns against prematurely jumping to any conclusions regarding the Trayvon Martin case, since so many facts remain unknown:

“The events leading up to Trayvon Martin’s death still remain unclear and passing judgment on it -- in either direction -- is unacceptable, said Bozell.  “We do not know the facts. It’s despicable, but expected that the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Maxine Waters would deliberately sow seeds of racial animosity. But it's utterly reprehensible that NBC would give oxygen to this ugly narrative by doctoring tapes and presenting it as 'news.'”

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