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Zimmerman Lawyer to Move ‘ASAP’ Against NBC News (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. TVNewser It was on NBC’s Today, regular readers may recall, that a severely out of context spliced clip of Zimmerman was played. A number of NBC News staffers lost their jobs over the edits, and Zimmerman’s legal team subsequently sued. The Atlantic Wire NAACP president Ben Jealous told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his team has been in contact with the attorney general’s office, but he doesn’t expect the Justice Department to act until the end of the any civil suits that result from George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. HuffPost Melissa Harris-Perry shared a very personal response to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, telling viewers that she felt “relief” at her ultrasound when she found out she was giving birth to a daughter instead of a son. HuffPost Gawker provoked a wide range of reactions after it posted a haunting, graphic image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body on Friday. The site used a huge picture of a screengrab from MSNBC, which fleetingly — and seemingly accidentally — showed Martin’s corpse as an image was being discussed during the Zimmerman trial. Gawker To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already. The Root And about the whole “this is what happens” bit: Have you been around for the past year? Spent any time on Twitter during the trial? It may come as a surprise, but people get that already. And just about anyone paying attention has shared your “good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead” for a while now. None of it — none of it at all — required a visual.

Asiana Airlines Considers Legal Action Against KTVU, NTSB (TVSpy)
Asiana Airlines is considering legal action against KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board after the San Francisco Fox affiliate reported fake names for the pilots involved in the flight 214 crash including “Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo.” TVNewser On Friday’s noon newscast on KTVU, the local anchor claimed the stations had learned the names of the four pilots on board Asiana flight 214 which crashed July 6. But if you read the names, it becomes immediately clear this is a joke, which went unnoticed in the newsroom and made it into the newscast. Politico KTVU apologized during its 6 p.m. newscast. “First of all, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out,” anchor Frank Somerville said, adding that the station also didn’t ask the position of the person within the NTSB giving them the ultimately erroneous information. “We are hardly satisfied with the station’s statements, and its unwillingness to help us understand how the gaffe originated,” Paul Cheung, the president of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Bobby Calvan, the AAJA’s MediaWatch chair, wrote in a statement Friday evening. Gawker The NTSB issued a press release Friday evening acknowledging that a summer intern had erroneously confirmed four fake Asiana pilot names to KTVU.