The Assassination of George Zimmerman.
It is a sad thing when the court of public opinion convicts a person before facts are even known. People are impressionable, not everyone waits for a clear answer before jumping to a conclusion, and that only increases the amount of responsibility placed on journalists and news outlets. In recent national news the shooting of 17 year old Trayvon Martin has flooded the airwaves; the shooting even garnered a platformed statement from President Obama immediately after the story broke. Misinformation about the shooting was rampant and it became evident that many individuals were using the teens shooting to push a hidden agenda. The misinformation campaign went into “high gear” as the likes of Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton scrambled to grab the first national interview.
Racial ambulance chasers like Jackson and Sharpton have always played “loose and fast” with the facts to advance their agenda and pocketbook. Alternately, I was very confused as several major media outlets fell in line with the rhetoric and even produced manufactured evidence. As more “news” broke it became clear the Trayvon shooting was deeper than a racially motivated hate crime. The additional information was already in possession of the media yet the continued reporting and opinion from the media alleged a racially motivated killing. The fraudulent reporting began with NBC and an “edited” version of the 911 call, ABC continued inflaming the public by misrepresenting the injuries sustained by Zimmerman, and to round things out CNN added to fray and continued to inflame the public with irresponsible reporting.
Today NBC announced the firing of a senior producer involved with the Trayvon Martian coverage. According to the DailyCaller.com and The New York Times regarding the NBC producer;
The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated…
NBC opted to keep the identity of the producer anonymous which is more respect than the news outlet showed Zimmerman, his parents, or even those who had no connection to Zimmerman whatsoever like the elderly couple who’s address was Tweeted by Spike Lee. NBC has been very hesitant to renounce the actions of the senior producer and news of the “purposefully” misrepresented 911 call was far out-shined by the “racially motivated” reporting on Zimmerman by the network. It seems that NBC is perfectly happy to play judge and jury while broadcasting baseless allegations several times a day for weeks; but when it comes time to take accountability for the deceitful actions of the network it is briefly mentioned and then brushed over. ABC went a step further and came out with an “exclusive” about falsely reporting Zimmerman’s injuries.
As news about Trayvon’s shooting slowly came out racial tensions enraged and ABC was perfectly happy to add wood to the fire. On March 29th ABC released video of Zimmerman’s arrival at the police station including commentary by Matt Gutman;
“A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman,” ABC News reporter Matt Gutman wrote, noting that Zimmerman told police “he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.”
This was an obvious attempt by Gutman to inflame the public and paint Zimmerman as racist who stalked Martin and shot him down in cold blood without being so much as touched by the teen. Five days later the DailyCaller.com broke the story of the injuries to the back of Zimmerman’s head after taking the initiative to enhance the video [which does not take 5 day and ABC has the ability to enhance the video easily]. In an attempt to expose the faulty reporting ABC came out with and apology? A retraction? No… instead came this “exclusive” by Matt Gutman, “George Zimmerman Video Show Little Evidence of Broken Nose, Doctor Claims.” Apparently Gutman’s way of apologizing and taking credibility is by slight of hand… I will paraphrase for the “esteemed” journalist, “Video the daily caller took the initiative to enhance shows head injuries consistent with Zimmerman’s head being slammed on the concrete BUT look at this, a doctor says their is NO EVIDENCE of a broken nose.”
Probably the most disgusting example of fraudulent journalism is the “racial slur” allegation by CNN. For days CNN reported on, and offered opinion on an alleged racial they had a recording of. Again, this only inflamed the public and made many of those rallying around the race-baiters say, “I knew it!!!” Eventually CNN retracted the allegations with this statement by Gary Tuchman at CNN, (paraphrasing);
“We took it into a different room and we listened to it, and now it’s pretty obvious he didn’t say what we thought he said. There was no racial slur.”
All the professional journalists at CNN had to do was take the audio into a different room and it was obvious there was no racial slur? That is a retraction and apology? Meanwhile, because of the initial allegations by CNN a firestorm of media attention has fallen upon Zimmerman, his family, and even a totally unconnected elderly couple who received death threats due to Spike Lee’s “tweet” (which violated Twitter’s terms of service… was Spike Lee’s Twitter account canceled due to irresponsibility and violating the term of service? Check for yourself… http://www.twitter.com). At the end of the day I am very disturbed by the administrations actions in regards to the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Obama was perfectly happy to appear on a national stage renouncing the racisim that lead to Trayvons shooting and promising to get to the bottom of things. Suddenly the DOJ is involved in an investigation that would have normally been handled by local law enforcement and judiciary. Since the initial misrepresentation by NBC was exposed both the New York Times and Time Magazine have reported “edited” versions of the 911 call by Zimmerman and presented it in a way that made Zimmerman look racists. That is FIVE MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS now that have made half-hearted “retractions” of articles that have literally ruined lives and hung a man in the court of public opinion. Where is Obama? Has he said “shame on you” to the media or asked the public to please reserve judgement for a trail in the court of law?
On April 3rd, the day before the Gutman retraction “Exclusive” a 50 year old white man was beaten with a hammer by two black teens within 6 miles of the Stanford area where Trayvon was shot. Al “Not-So-Sharpton” and Jessie Jackson remained silent about racial tension and instead screamed for the arrest of Zimmerman (SOURCE). Two days later a 78-year old man was a victim of a hate crime by a group of adolescents ages 11-17 who allegedly hit him in the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground and then repeatedly kicked him like a football. According to FoxNews.com; “[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man],” the boys are quoted as saying in a police report cited by the Toledo Blade (SOURCE).
Again, where is Obama? Asking for tolerance and understanding? No… that does not suit his agenda of dividing the country along very sharp lines. The media should be very ashamed of itself for misrepresenting the facts in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson should be exposed for continuing to scream for Zimmerman’s arrest for a hate crime when the “hate crime” was initially manufactured by CNN and carried by the other major news outlets. Most of all the American public should see Obama for what he is, a man who is quick to “pull the nation together” after an alleged hate crime, and then remains silent as the coverup and misrepresentation is exposed. Even as multiple senior citizens (who are white of course) are beaten in the streets by gangs of black teens “for Trayvon” Obama stays silent. I must ask, is this how a statesman behaves?
I am very sorry for Trayvon’s parents and family but nobody really knows what happened that night other than Martin and Zimmerman. Solid evidence now shows that Zimmerman’s head was in fact slammed to the ground repeatedly and as anyone who has ever suffered a head injury know… one must hit their head on the pavement VERY hard to produce a gash measuring several inches. This fact alone discredits all those screaming this was a simple and unprovoked hate crime. If the facts prove Zimmerman killed Trayvon and the court rules that he did not act in self-defense then I hope the book is thrown at Zimmerman but I do know one thing… this was not a racially motivated killing. The aftermath was racially motivated in order to further the agenda of news outlets, race-baiters, and yes… President Obama. Sorry guys… YOUR president.
April 8th, 2012