Skip to comments.Are old photos of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman deceptive?
Posted on 03/31/2012 4:35:23 AM PDT by tobyhill
When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.
Both photos are a few years old and no longer entirely accurate. Yet they may have helped shape initial public perceptions of the deadly shooting.
When you have such a lopsided visual comparison, it just stands to reason that people would rush to judgment," said Kenny Irby, who teaches visual journalism at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The most widely seen picture of Martin, released by his family, was evidently taken a few years ago and shows a smiling, round-cheeked youngster in a red T-shirt. But at his death, Martin was 17 years old, around 6 feet tall and, according to his family's attorney, about 140 pounds.
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The news media in this country is going to be so distraught and angry when avg Joe is going to be able to report on events accurately, without bias, and news corps will buy the stuff.
Who provided the "visual comparison?"
The media gave us Barack Obama and now they are fanning the flames for race riots with a few photos and narrative.
wow - MSNBC is doing a report on this subject like they had NO IDEA that people are influenced by photos.
Does anyone know the physical characteristics of Martin? I had a conversation with a guy yesterday insisting he was 6’2” and weighed 120 pounds.
“Both photos are a few years old and no longer entirely accurate. Yet they may have helped shape initial public perceptions of the deadly shooting.”
Well holy sh*t. You guys at AP are a bunch of Captain Einsteins aren’t you? How many of you did it take to figure that out?
I checked the Orlando Sentinel for the earliest reports of the shooting. The earliest one I found was February 29 and had a picture of Trayvon at 17 and in a Hoodie. Wonder when the parents started to get Promotional Professional Publicity advice and when. Subsequent articles show pictures provided by the parents of the twelve and younger Trayvon.
Stole your pic. It will come in handy
Are these Rights to those who use if for propaganda purposes, who create false truths, or even use it to incite hatred/violence against a group or individual?
Do these Rights trump a persons Right to be Innocent until proven guilty?
America has a long history to our very founding regarding these Rights. But, they came into existence to support both the citizen and the press to be able to inform ourselves of the ....truth. When that intent is violated and infringed upon is it still a protected Right?
Is showing a person as a child, when they were clearly a young man at the time of an incident a breach of the public trust in the press? Does such reporting lead to the public’s perception being false regarding the individual?
Does showing the ‘alleged’ in an orange jumpsuit, instead of the picture of them grouped with his family create a false perception?
Is this really protected Rights? Or do “We the People” deserve better.
Oh, so now they a ting like they could be absolved for their complicity in the electronic beat down of Zimmerman.
Nice try liars.
You screwed the pooch on this, big time.
Why is "entirely" in there? Oh, that's right. The 12 yo and the 17 yo are both black and both have eyes and ears. Same is true for his baby picture.
So the article acknowledges that the pictures are not accurately depict both men. Yet, it doesn’t provide more recent ones.
I get it now. It’s not the racists in the press that are at fault, it’s the evil pictures that caused the lies to be published. NBC was innocent as the driven snow when they cut the part out of the recording where the dispatcher asked Zimmerman the race of the suspect. The pictures made them do it.
Yes they are.
I’ve read multiple reports Martin was 6-3 and Zimmerman 5-9.
The police report said Martin was 6-0 160.
Trayvon Martin special prosecutor imposes news blackout
7:23 p.m. EST, March 29, 2012|
By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case on Thursday imposed a news blackout, saying her office would no longer respond to questions about the investigation.
Angela Corey, state attorney in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, has done several interviews since her appointment one week earlier, including an appearance on CNN and interviews with the Orlando Sentinel and Miami Herald.
But Thursday evening, her media relations manager released a statement, saying Corey’s office would no longer comment about the case.
That happened 24 hours after Sanford released security camera video showing suspect George Zimmerman walking into police headquarters with no obvious signs of injury.
Jackelyn Barnard, Corey’s media relations specialist, was quoted on clickorlando.com, the website of WKMG-Channel 6, Orlando, complaining that the video should never have been released.
Her Thursday night email to journalists said that leaks in recent days had divulged certain details about the manslaughter investigation that should have remained secret.
Corey was imposing the blackout, the email said, “to protect the integrity of the case.”
he is 6’2” or 6’3”... weight between 160 and 190 pounds...
he loses weight in every article.
7’1” 98 lbs.
Not making fun of the young man but rather of the endless misinformation.
The initial police report lists him as 160 lbs.
I found this lastnight. I sent it to Hannity.
Except for the large contusion on the back of his head from having it slammed into cement, as can be seen a few comments up thread. Nope, no bias here. BARF.
“Are old photos of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman deceptive?”
Ahhh, that’s a rhetorical question, right?
Obama looks like Trayvon’s dad.
>>wow - MSNBC is doing a report on this subject like they had NO IDEA that people are influenced by photos.<<
Or like they just now discovered this.
The police report is just an estimate, Martin wasn't carrying identification.
OTOH his mother was quoted as saying he was 6'3" tall.
My guess is when the issue got on the White House / Media Matters radar and they decided to exploit it to gin up the base for the election.
Al Sharptonge was on yesterday saying all the new photos of Trayvon out now are fake. He even showed the one in the white tee shirt and gold teeth, said it wasn’t him.
Beyond all his lies, I think he really is too stupid to know what is obvious to everyone else.
That was taken from his license, no?
From my obsessive reading, Martin’s ID from 2 years ago said (IIRC) 6 feet and 160 pounds. So in two years he most likely got a bit bigger.
6’3” and 160+ lbs.
Here is the information on the special prosecutor/news BLACKout. (isn’t that racist? WHere’s AS?)
Guess the MSM needs to get up to date on street slang.
BOth Skittles and AZ tea are also slang terms for drugs.
It will be interesting to find out from the convenience store if Martin had actually purchased Skittles and AZ Tea from them, and if he had such goods on his person.
(What are Skittles anyway, candy?)
AP, cited on MSNBC, asks a rhetorical question. Thanks tobyhill.
The photo they ran with that story was doctored. Original vs. amateur Photoshop job:
Thanks, filed in my Zimmerman/Trayvon folder.
The Obama lapdog media is inciting a lynch mob for “Whitey Zimmerman”. An election Obama’s likely to lose cannot be tolerated to occur without chaos surrounding it. - Simple.
Innocent until proven guilty goes by the wayside when convenient.
If they are going to write an article about old photos and current photos, why in the world would they not show the current pics to finish making the point?
Describing a picture is not the same as showing the picture in context of the article.
Just another case of the MSM trying to counteract bias charges without really showing their shameful and shoddy work.
They would be even less accurate for a growing child ... like Trayvon.
They are trying to wash all that blood off their hands after a week of black race hate incitment.
Is that with, or without the Skittles and Arizona Tea?