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April 05, 2012

Times Makes Another Major Error In Trayvon Case; Refuses To Correct

Was Zimmerman a paranoid constantly harassing the police with dozens of unfounded 911 calls in a year?

No.

First, Times reporter Lizette Alvarez reported on March 16 and again on March 20 that Mr. Zimmerman "placed 46 calls to 911 in 14 months"; even NPR eventually noted that those 46 phone calls ran from January 2004 to the present, so "46 calls to 911 in eight years" is the phrase they seek. Yet no correction is appended to either story, nor was the error addressed in their big walkback/walk away piece. Is it relevant to the story? The Times thought so when they reported it, and some might find that it reveals a bit about Mr. Zimmerman's paranoia, or lack thereof.

Maguire notes a series of errors, including the Urban Legend of Zimmerman as a 250 pound bruiser. (He's 170.)

The Times does not acknowledge its new reporting serves as a correction to its old reporting.


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