Third Employee Fired for Editing George Zimmerma Call

Lillia Luciano (via TV Newser)

And then there were three.

A third NBC employee has been fired from the network after yet another misleadingly edited George Zimmerman 911 tape surfaced from the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based correspondent, “is no longer working for the network,” TVNewser reports. Her firing follows the axing of an NBC producer who edited the original 911 call that caused so much controversy as well as a local NBC reporter, Jeff Burnside, who was found to have used a similarly-edited recording.

TVNewser explains what happened with the latest incident:

In a story for the “Today” show on March 20, Luciano used part of the George Zimmerman 911 call in which an entire phrase (italicized below) was taken from a later part of the conversation:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Zimmerman: Yeah.
Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.

But here’s how the call really went:

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: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.

NBC confirmed to Newser that Luciano is no longer with the network after having joined them a short 18 months ago from Univision. Her firing came after an internal investigation into the incident.

Media watchdog Media Research Center (MRC) excoriated NBC over the news, especially considering the network has yet to deliver an on-air apology (it has, however, done so via a statement).

“Despite Steve Capus, NBC News president, admitting they ‘probably’ should have apologized on-air, NBC still has yet to do so,” MRC’s president, Brent Bozell, said in a statement. “Even the local NBC affiliate that doctored the clip has fired the offender and apologized and retracted on-air.”

“Own up to your dishonesty, NBC,” he added, “tell your audience the truth for once and for all.”

This story has been updated with reaction.