Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language on the page and in the video.
On Saturday night, less than two hours before the verdict was delivered in the George Zimmerman case, HLN’s Nancy Grace continued to mischaracterize George Zimmerman by repeating a misquoted section of the 911 call that had been debunked over a year ago.
The transcript from the HLN segment reads:
“I’ll tell you what I think made a difference. When that 9-1-1 tape first came out — and everybody, get ready, this is graphic language — when it first came out that Zimmerman had said ‘f**king coon‘ on the 9-1-1 call, to me, that was open-and-shut that that showed open ill will and hatred. Now they’ve revised it to say he said ‘These punks, they always get away with it.’ I’m wondering if that reinterpretation of what he said made a difference as to a jury finding ill will in Mr. Zimmerman’s heart.”
HLN did not bleep out the graphic language.
(Warning: strong language on the video)
Nancy Grace was wrong, but she was not alone. The prosecution also made a mistake in presenting the words of George Zimmerman to the jury. In fact, the prosecution opened their case against Zimmerman by misquoting him. The Assistant DA, John Guy shocked many in the courtroom and watching on television when he loudly proclaimed, “F**king punks, these a**holes they always get away” and then attributed that statement to Mr. Zimmerman.
Technically, Mr. Guy was not putting words into Zimmerman’s mouth, he was rearranging them from the actual 911 call.
But did Zimmerman actually say the words, “f**king punks” at any time during the call? Here is a copy of the generally accepted version of that segment from the actual transcript of the 911 call.
Initially, it was speculated by more than one media outlet that George Zimmerman used the profane and extremely racially offensive phrase…”f**king coons.” More than a year ago, CNN announced that it was wrong about the phrase and seemed to accept that Zimmerman said “f**king COLD” — a reference to the unseasonably cold and raining weather that was hitting Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26, 2012.