Skip to comments.(Vanity) Connecting the Dots: The Media's Myths about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
Posted on 03/27/2012 1:57:28 AM PDT by dangus
MYTH: George Zimmerman disobeyed orders not to pursue Trayvon Martin
REALITY: After being told, "you don't have to do that," when Zimmerman answered that he was pursuing Martin, Zimmerman quit pursuing him. The 911 respondent asked because he could hear Zimmerman breathing heavily as he was running. After Zimmerman agrees to stop pursuit, his breath immediately returns to nomal. (Recordings are available on Wikipedia.)
MYTH: Martin was fleeing from Zimmerman when he was shot. Jesse Jackson alleged Martin was shot in the back of the head; former Governor Jeb Bush characterized Martin as "someone who has turned their back."
REALITY: Martin was on top of Zimmerman, pummeling his head into the concrete. Witnesses confirmed this, but police didn't need to take their word. Martin had considerable amounts of his own blood on him, having received a broken nose, and multiple lacerations to the back of the head. Zimmerman's assertion that Martin came up to him is unproven, but uncontradicted.
MYTH: Are you serious? A little kid like Martin couldn't possibly have attacked and pummeled Zimmerman!
REALITY: The photos released by the family of Martin were several years old. The "little kid" was 6-foot-three, much lighter than Zimmerman, but towering over him.
MYTH: Martin should have retreated.
REALITY: That Martin had already evaded Zimmerman is made plain by Zimmerman's call to the police. So how did they end up in another encounter? Zimmerman complained that Martin attacked him. What's the alternative theory? That Zimmerman pulled his gun on a fleeing Martin? If so, how did they end up brawling? That Zimmerman was so much faster than Martin, despite being several inches shorter and much pudgier than him, that he caught up to Martin despite Martin's fleeing? More likely, Martin waited until Zimmerman was off the phone with police, and then ambushed him, as Zimmerman alleges.
MYTH: No matter what, Zimmerman didn't need to kill Martin.
REALITY: Zimmerman's head was being smashed on the concrete. He's probably somewhat lucky he's not a drooling vegetable. Even so, Zimmerman claims the gun came out because Martin had tried to take it from him. This is consistent with the state of the gun as it was found: The chamber was empty, despite the gun being fully loaded, apart from the one round which killed Martin. This suggests that something prevented the bullet from being replaced in the chamber, as would likely have happen if Martin had been grabbing the barrel.
MYTH: Martin was just an innocent kid, who had never been in trouble.
REALITY: Martin had received a lengthy suspension from school; he was a likely drug dealer. Martin certainly didn't deserve to be killed for criminality. But he was suspended when the school found him with an empty baggie containing traces of marijuana. The fact that he was not high actually hurts his case, since it means that the marijuana was likely dealt to someone, rather than having been for personal use.
MYTH: Zimmerman was simply a racist, Republican, tea-party white supremacist with no reason to confront Martin.
REALITY: Zimmerman, an Hispanic registered Democrat, son of Virginia judge, and trained in law enforcement, was patrolling the area due to a rash of thefts. Martin was seen shortly after dark, on a warm night, wearing a darkly colored, hooded sweatshirt, not the "angel white" hoodie that's been in the press. He did not confront Martin, but did attempt to approach Martin, before Martin, at first, ran away.
MYTH: This would never have happened, if not for Florida's gun rights.
REALITY: If Zimmerman had been unarmed, maybe he would never have been so bold as to attract Martin's ire, but maybe he would have ended up dead, as that tends to happen when your head slams into concrete too many times.
MYTH: Boy, the media blew it.
REALITY: The media might not have been aware of how soundly its race-baiting narrative would be disproven, but they certainly knew Martin was no longer the little kid that he was in the photos they still use, and that Zimmerman was not the white supremacist they made him out to be. They knew that Jackson's and Bush's characterizations were false, but published them without correction. They harped on the fact that Martin was "unarmed," but made no mention of the brawl, which renders that fact senseless.
It’s also a myth what the two parties looked like. Recent picks show the story and should included in your list.
George’s picture was “whitened up” - reverse OJ - and is an unflattering mugshot from 7 years ago. Trayvon’s childhood pictures are used to make him look more innocent and non threatening.
Add the info on the stolen merchandise Trayvon had at school. Where did he get it?
>>>because it does NOT fit their political purpose
Sorry; got a “D” in college business law examination because I left out the “NOT”. Still painful to recall.
Just to add: “the media blew it?” Hardly, the media intentionally waited a month before blowing up this story. I suspect that’s because they knew how much harder it would be to debunk the story which, in reality, didn’t quite fit their needs.
But, you realize......the truth is irrelevant at this point; its all about the narrative of the white opressor/racist class in the U.S. and the innocent black man. Its all about........the 15%....... because everything in the U.S. is all about the 15%. And its all about, the poor opressed and persecuted innocent black people for whom we are all to feel regret and to aussage white guilt, whites are supposed to vote for their president to prove whites are not racists. And, if its at all possible, its about rolling back concealed carry, castle doctrine and stand your ground laws such that progress can be made in disarming the evil, racist white people.
What a friggin’ crock!
Zimmerman did retreat, after losing visual contact. Martin chose to approach Zimmerman to adminster a beating.
Nevermind, I see your point - the MYTH is ....
Yeah, I'd change "ambushed" to "sucker punched." But all of that was at Martin's initiative, including approaching Zimmerman with the intention of administering a beating, asking "do you have a problem?" then saying "You do now!" as his slammed Zimmerman hard enough to knock him down.
There are myths, and then there are damned lies. HLN network, with its hyperventilating, attention-seeking show “hosts”— like that shrew Nancy Grace— is engaging in obscene lying.
Someone needs to file a lawsuit against those people for spreading misinformation and fanning flames of racism.
I'd change it, just to keep the subject from becoming one over the definition of "ambush." Some people will successfully change the subject from Martin's savage depravity, to whether or not a person who is aware you are there can be ambushed.
We will have none of that truth stuff here. /s
Excellent post though.
Excellent run down. We are being screwed by the democrat media.
The media was so full of lies, and the truth of Zimmerman’s counter-claims would be so easy to prove, I presumed his lawyer and the police department were telling the truth. Only a fool makes easily disproven lies. Or someone with the media able to cover up their lies for them. But this does not look like a man who had been recently having his head smashed in:
Thanks for that link.
I hope you can post articles about that or that article.
They tortured and raped that couple for 2 days and then brutally murdered them. And the media didn’t report that story because the perpetrators were black and the victims white.
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