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Trayvon Martin Story Destroys Last of Media’s Credibility
Red State ^ | 4/3/2012 | Leon H Wolfe

Posted on 04/03/2012 7:42:28 AM PDT by IbJensen

I don’t really know what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. What I do know is that this story has resulted in at least one homicide – the self-inflicted homicide of the media’s last shreds of credibility. And it isn’t just conservative blogs that are noticing – even straight news sources have begun to notice the shame with which the media has covered itself during this entire sad saga.

The Washington Post reported Friday that NBC’s egregious editing of Zimmerman’s 911 call will be “internally reviewed,” which is as close as you will ever get to an admission of a very serious screw up from a major news organization.

The most stunning admission yet came from something called a Touré, which is apparently an MSNBC contributor. Touré apparently got tired of being on a television channel no one watches so he went on Piers Morgan last week to take Piers to task for the journalistic crime of getting both sides of the story:

You know, at NBC, in the hallways, we were laughing at you today,” Touré told Morgan. “We wouldn’t take [Robert Zimmerman]. Standards and Practices at NBC wouldn’t let him get through door. And you had him on the air and allowed the hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands or whatever number of people watch your show listen to what he had to say.

This is the first time I can remember an alleged news figure explicitly stating that his network had a policy against allowing one of the major players in a national news story to give his side. My favorite part of Touré’s hysterical rant was his indignation at the fact that people would hear what Zimmerman had to say. One thing is clear – the way the media has been covering this story so far validates that Touré really was telling the truth. Journalistic Standards and Practices apparently don’t allow for any coverage of the Trayvon Martin story that would suggest that the race pimps who are currently hustling this story don’t have it right.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dsj; lamestreammedia; trayvon; trayvonmartin
The 6’2 1/2 inch tall, hooded black person with a mouth full of gold teeth and a record of being caught with a backpack full of ladies jewelry and a screwdriver is somehow an innocent angel in media eyes?

Now it’s racism to use critical thinking when looking at all the facts and circumstances? Zimmerman is 5’9″ . How does this pudgy hispanic come off as more powerful and bigger than the 17 year old football player?

Just like the race-pimps and his family trying to say he was going to go to college to be an aerospace engineer, while the facts show that he was shipped out of Miami because he had been suspended 3 times. Kinda hard to get a college degree when you can’t even graduate H/S isn’t it? Spewing racist rhetoric while ignoring what few facts we do know appears to relegate the lame stream media to a dumpster.

1 posted on 04/03/2012 7:42:39 AM PDT by IbJensen
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Drag this out until October. It's the hottest Halloween costume! $$$

2 posted on 04/03/2012 7:44:42 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: IbJensen

Well, remember the pictures of Trayvon show him as a cute innocent looking 13 year old, not as the 17 year old football player. We’re supposed to think that Zimmerman took down a small 13 year old. They intentionally used the young Trayvon pictures to push this story.


3 posted on 04/03/2012 7:46:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: IbJensen
. . . the self-inflicted homicide of the media’s last shreds of credibility.

From your keyboard to God's ears. I wish I could be as optimistic as you, but I can't.

It is, however, a step in that direction.

4 posted on 04/03/2012 7:47:12 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: IbJensen

Do we know what a “Toure” is in the first place?

Who is this guy, where did he come from, how did he get a gig at MSNBC, and why should we listen to what he has to say???

Is “Toure” even his real name? What name is on his driver’s license?

And, how is he so famous that he can go by one name? Is he really as famous as Elvis or Madonna and use only one name??

What does it say about me if I don’t know who this “Toure” is? Am I out of it in keeping up with who the talking heads on TV are????


5 posted on 04/03/2012 7:50:20 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: IbJensen

Frankly it went out the window when they spiked the Monica Lewinsky story, but whatever.


6 posted on 04/03/2012 7:56:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IbJensen

Conservatives long ago figured out they couldn’t trust the MSM. Independents have begun to figure out they were duped by the media as relates Barack Obama.

Left-leaning individuals need constant affirmation of their now demonstrably failed world-view, and that’s the market the MSM now serves.

The attempt to re-sell Barack Obama to this country in 2012 will limit their market further.


7 posted on 04/03/2012 7:57:14 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The media’s creibility was long gone before Monica’s ex-boyfriend stained the scene. Any trace amount the fifth-column media might have been had was evaporated back in their (non)reporting of the 1960 Presidential campaign and subsequent JFK incompetence and debauchery.


8 posted on 04/03/2012 8:08:22 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Its about POWER and the re-election of Obama—that’s it. If racism is here its Black racism on “White” (the Zimmerman fellow is a Latino) They did everything they could to turn Zimmerman into a Monster and the Black kid into an Angel. See the new cover of People Magazine? Little black angel at 11 is smiling back at us. Even Hitler was cute as a child.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 8:14:51 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: IbJensen

Is this from the Media that brought us “But resist, we much… we must… and we will much… about… that… be committed”?


10 posted on 04/03/2012 8:32:22 AM PDT by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: wayoverontheright
The leftist tendency of the old networks goes back to the days of Edward R. Murrow, who led a smear campaign against Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s. The older family-owned newspaper chains, like those of the Hearsts, the McCormicks, and the Chandlers, were either taken over by media conglomerates or passed through inheritance into the hands of the liberal offspring of conservative founders. Ditto for the old three networks; their founders, like William Paley and David Sarnoff, were nonideological businessmen, but their heirs, usually Ivy League educated, as were the family-owned print media, were doctrinaire liberals. Liberals have dominated the university journalism schools since the end of World War II. The college-educated journalists slowly replaced the old school "college of hard knocks" newspaper men. Many of the old school were conservative (Walter Winchell), reactionary (Westbrook Pegler), or libertarian (John T. Flynn), though, of course others were not (Edward R. Murrow as an example).

Since 1990, the liberal near-monopoly of the mass media has been challenged, but not broken, first by conservative talk radio, then by Fox News and later by the Internet, bloggers, and social media. It is far harder for the MSM to spin the Trayvon Martin-Zimmerman situation as easily as they did 20 years earlier with racial confrontations such as Rodney King.

11 posted on 04/03/2012 8:34:38 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“Its about POWER and the re-election of Obama—that’s it.”

Yes you are correct. They are stoking a race war because in their little pea brains they think that will “motivate the base”.

They are too stupid to realize that the kind of racial unrest they are fomenting will actually have the mushy middlers running to the polls as fast as their legs will carry them to vote Obama and Holder out.


12 posted on 04/03/2012 8:45:33 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: IbJensen

13 posted on 04/03/2012 8:46:54 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: jocon307

“They are stoking a race war because in their little pea brains they think that will “motivate the base”.

It WILL motivate the black racist base—the ones who drank his koolaid last time around will be all too willing to do it again as long as they keep getting free stuff and are free from prosecution from black on white crime while being protected by holder and the doj.


14 posted on 04/03/2012 8:50:45 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: IbJensen

15 posted on 04/03/2012 8:51:54 AM PDT by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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To: IbJensen

The media caused us to lose the war in Vietnam.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 9:03:16 AM PDT by pterional
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To: All

First you must have some credibility to shred it.


17 posted on 04/03/2012 9:09:09 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: IbJensen
“We wouldn’t take [Robert Zimmerman].

What does Bob Dylan have to do with the Trayvon Martin story?

C'mon, editors. Get it right.

18 posted on 04/03/2012 9:15:04 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
What does Bob Dylan have to do with the Trayvon Martin story? C'mon, editors. Get it right.

Oops. Robert Zimmerman was George's brother. I like BBQ sauce on my crow.

19 posted on 04/03/2012 9:16:36 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Well, remember the pictures of Trayvon show him as a cute innocent looking 13 year old, not as the 17 year old football player. We’re supposed to think that Zimmerman took down a small 13 year old. They intentionally used the young Trayvon pictures to push this story.

And.....the picture they use of Zimmerman, makes it look as if he is wearing an orange jumpsuit. a la The Graybar Hotel.

20 posted on 04/03/2012 9:16:46 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: evets
credibility, credibility
21 posted on 04/03/2012 9:25:59 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Not to worry -
The football player bit was a lie as well.

He hasn’t played in 2-3 years. That is why there is no current football shot.

They lied about his size, used photos for age, his sports, his suspensions - both number and reason, etc.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 9:53:19 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think it went out the window with coverage of the Tet Offensive in 1968.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 9:56:56 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: IbJensen
"...Standards and Practices at NBC..."






24 posted on 04/03/2012 10:00:11 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Do we know what a “Toure” is in the first place?”

From Sekou Toure, one of the post-colonial-era leaders in Africa who were lionized by American black liberationists and Western liberal elite, even as they looted their countries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_S%C3%A9kou_Tour%C3%A9


25 posted on 04/03/2012 10:00:24 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: Drew68

LOL...you caught it before the next post, so it doesn’t count! (Isn’t that an unwritten rule?)


26 posted on 04/03/2012 10:02:48 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Wallace T.; pterional
Great synopsis. Michael Savage had an excellent segment on his show last night which went a little further into the history of journalism. Originally, it was a profession of the working class, a check and balance if you will, on the elite ruling class.

Most of the people who went into journalism were from no-name colleges if they had a degree at all. Much of it was hard, investigative work. Most of it was quite routine and not all that exciting. Typically, a new reporter was assigned to a beat ranging from the mundane (obituaries) to the semi-exciting (police blotters). They would get better assignments only as they proved themselves. Just one or two sloppy stories could result in a demotion back to a beat or even being terminated and cast into the outer darkness of a freelancer where they would have to spend the majority of their time trying to sell an article or photo essay.

Editors who let sloppy stories slip through would often share the blame and the penalty. That's why they would constantly question sources, tone and insist on crosschecks.

Today, journalists get elite assignments not because they earned them, but because they graduated with elite Ivy League credentials, have the right contacts, attend the same parties and run in the same social circles with the same politicians they are supposed to be reporting on. The closer you get to the centers of power (state capitals, Washington, New York), the more true this is. While you may occasionally find honest journalists on the fringes, most of them aspire to eventually join the elite and understand the only path there is to toe the party line..

This is why their power needs to be broken in the place where it is most vulnerable-- by shattering their credibility.

27 posted on 04/03/2012 10:33:11 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: freeangel

Yeah, but the black base is going to vote for Obama anyway. I’m not 100% sure about the black racists base, I’m not sure the “hoodie army” can be motivated to go to something as bourgeois as voting.

But how many white votes would it cost them? Even guilty white libs don’t want rioters on their doorsteps, or their grandparents door step.

I’m not saying it would make actual liberals vote against Obama, but it would not play well with anybody except the extremely extreme left.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 2:34:21 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Vigilanteman
Great synopsis. Michael Savage had an excellent segment on his show last night which went a little further into the history of journalism. Originally, it was a profession of the working class, a check and balance if you will, on the elite ruling class.

Most of the people who went into journalism were from no-name colleges if they had a degree at all. Much of it was hard, investigative work. Most of it was quite routine and not all that exciting.

I am satisfied that the root of the problem is found in the Associated Press (and any other wire service). If you report for a member of the AP you want your story to go national, not just local. So you please other journalists by promoting what journalism as such, inherently desires. Circulation? Of course. Influence? Most definitely. Those are the motives which explain the behavior of journalism. Including its leftist bias. Notice that I did not mention “objectivity” in that little list. Let’s face it, actually attempting objectivity is hard work, and it doesn’t allow you to pat yourself on the back about actually being objective.

IMHO the sovereign remedy for wire service journalism’s bias is to be found in a simple lawsuit, and a big verdict. George Zimmerman has cause for a libel action against NBC for editing his 911 call to fit journalism’s template. But it isn’t just NBC, it is the entire journalism establishment baying in chorus with it. And the AP, which was found to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act back in 1945, is the enabler which creates the unified chorus. Sue them all, for publicizing the Black Panthers’ terrorist bounty on George Zimmerman without condemning it. Sue them for their very socks, and demand the abolition of the AP as an organization of news outlets. Let the AP publish news if it wants to, but destroy the monopoly which is the membership of the AP.

Remember, it’s not just George Zimmerman; all Republicans are the real target. Democrat George Zimmerman has been anointed an honorary Republican - a white hispanic in the code of the NYT. Otherwise this incident would be lost in the shuffle of scores of black men killed each month in America. But since those homicides are so predominantly black-on-black crime, they do not fit a Democrat template and are strictly local stories if they are that.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
manson

Charles Manson

hitler

Hitler

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Stalin

Joseph Stalin

arafat

Yasser Arafat

Clinton

Worst of All!!!

Bill Clinton

30 posted on 04/03/2012 6:56:07 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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