Skip to comments.Media botches Trayvon Martin coverage [nails DBM, PMSNBC, Sharpton etc...]
Posted on 05/01/2012 8:07:34 AM PDT by kevcol
I was also leery of journalists and TV personalities like Al Sharpton and his MSNBC colleagues setting up as prosecutor, judge and jury. Even if you didn't know about Sharpton's previous misadventures he became famous due to his outrageous conduct during the 1987 Tawana Brawley rape hoax the network's permitting him to report about a public event in which he'd enrolled as an active participant violated every known rule of journalistic ethics.
A festival of bad reporting, speculation and mind-reading from the outset, the Zimmerman-Martin affair has turned into a classic example of what University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls a "consensual hallucination."
Needless to say, no corrections were forthcoming. Instead fresh outrage was manufactured over murky video footage of Zimmerman being led into police headquarters in handcuffs, seemingly unmarked after being treated by EMS technicians.... Not only the Rev. Sharpton, but Big Ed, Lawrence O'Donnell and their guests repeatedly portrayed it as the linchpin of their case. Zimmerman had clearly lied about Trayvon assaulting him. Therefore there was no self-defense. Case closed.
So when ABC News published a contemporaneous photo of Zimmerman with blood streaming from two wounds on the back of his head on the day of his bail hearing, a naïve observer might have imagined that an attitude adjustment might be in order. No chance. Sharpton ignored the photos altogether; the rest gave them short shrift
(Excerpt) Read more at arktimes.com ...
**I also believed, as I’ve written, that “untrained individuals like Zimmerman have no business packing heat, nor confronting strangers they deem suspicious. Trouble didn’t come to George Zimmerman; he went looking for it. At minimum, he acted like a damn fool.”**
Let’s deconstruct the above in light of what IS known.
“untrained individuals like Zimmerman have no business packing heat”. FAIL! Presstitutes can’t remove a citizen’s Second Amendment rights.
“At minimum, he acted like a damn fool.” Last and final FAIL! ‘TutieBoy assumes that any act other than submission to crime and felony attack is the act of a “damn fool”.
There is nothing laudable in what this presstitute wrote. At best, he is attempting to cover his previously “rabble rouser” writings due to fear of possible litigation.
“..nor confronting strangers they deem suspicious.” FAIL! The presstitute had no knowledge that Zimmerman so did. Looks like Martin attacked Zimmerman.
“Trouble didn’t come to George Zimmerman; he went looking for it.” FAIL! Multiple robberies in recent past should cause increased awareness of strangers. Worst part of ‘Tuties line is that it appears Martin was not followed. Visual tracking was attempted and failed, then Zimmerman returned to his truck and was attacked by Martin on the way.
Does the time line support the possibility that Tracy Martin made the Serino claim after Shyster Crump briefed her?
The possibility exists, but note that Crump didn't need to be involved before the Martin family (and the father's girlfriend) were making inaccurate statements. For example, I the family's statement about Trayvon leaving to buy Skittles for his nephew at halftime of the NBA All-Star game was made before Crump got involved as far as I can tell (Martin was killed more than thirty minutes before tip-off of the All-Star Game, much less halftime). In addition, the father's girlfriend was interviewed on TV the day after the shooting claiming that Trayvon was just sitting on his porch when he was shot. I can find that clip if you want it badly.
Incidentally, I made a mistake with my use of the feminine pronoun. Tracy Martin was Trayvon Martin's father, not his mother.
Thank you. That's what I meant. The 200 pound weight for Trayvon simply appeared on blogs; the police report estimated his weight at 160 pounds after seeing the body (although, seeing it in a prone position, the office estimated his height at 6'0")
As for the bus driver, the source of everything was a February 21 tweet by Trayvon's cousin:
"Yu ain't tell me you swung on a bus driver."
There's nothing else I can find. No response. No tweets from others. No suspension related to it (that anyone will admit). I don't say something happened; I don't deny something happened.
From that tweet, people are posting that Trayvon punched a bus driver in the face. "Swung on," if the cousin got the story correct, doesn't even mean that Trayvon connected, or where he hit him if he did. That's why I say the story about Trayvon punching a bus driver in the face is spotty.
Thanks. The updates on that website have been an excellent resource for determining the initial source of a lot of information. One of those updates is where I watched the interview with the witness to Zimmerman's beating by Martin. He was interviewed on TV the day after the shooting (although he didn't show his face) and clearly stated that the man in red was on the bottom being beaten, calling for help, and that the man in red asked him to get help, not that the media seemed interested in that. He went inside to call 911 and heard the 'pop' of the gun while he was on the phone with 911.
However, that website doesn't address all of misleading factoids that were initially spread by the media because they aren't essential to make the points leading to the conclusion of each excellent Update.
belated bump to refind.
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