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ABC News Zimmerman Video Re-Visited ... Agenda Become More Clear
The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2012 | Sundance

Posted on 12/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PST by Uncle Chip

As you may remember, on March 29th we were reviewing another “exclusive” ABC release of George Zimmerman at Sanford Police Dept, when we noticed something odd, the video was/is actually a recording of a monitor. Initially we thought that meant it was not an official release. We were wrong.

ABC was given a digital Hi-def copy from the outset.We now know that ABC was the first to possess a digital copy of the actual CCTV recording. But they chose instead to use a lesser quality, and far lower definition, video. (This is what they aired)

Here’s the story:

On March 28th ABC’s Candace Smith (seen left) was the first to gain posession of the video.

On 3/28 she asked SPD for the video, the police department was initially not going to release it since the area covered by the camera view was considered a secured area and not subject to release without a judge’s order.

However, an attorney working for the city, Lonnie Groot, who was tasked with reviewing all the requests for information, agreed to release it since it was actually on the city’s servers.

Ms. Smith was provided a direct hi-def copy DVD; But for some reason she was unable to get it to load through their equipment (or so the story is told). Sources indicate she was quite agitated, and so, trying to meet a deadline, she went angrily to City Hall. Once there she raised quite a stink about SPD, not giving her and ABC suitable material, nor actually fulfilling the request.

The city played her copy on their equipment and showed her it worked.

Apparently, she was pushing to make a deadline to go on air and asked if she could just video the material from the city’s monitor. The request was granted. The video was filmed with a small minicam similar to the one held in this picture (above).

So yes, even though ABC had actual physical custody of a direct copy in High Def, the first airing to hit the public airwaves on March 28th was video of a video. Again, Ms. Candace Smith was the first to gain access to this video. Subsequently, more media copies were made for all the requests that followed.

If you recall, all the commentary about that video were framed to a narrative ”showing no injuries, no blood etc,” this mantra was repeated several times throughout the initial showing and then picked up by other media outlets using the EXACT same footage.

Here is where the agenda shows, and it appears that ABC may have intentionallly played this video using a ridiculous low resolution on purpose so that no identifying injuries could be noticed. After all, this was the main point of their reporting on the “exclusive”.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman
And after 6 days of airing the blurred video, ABC got caught in their lie and had to aire the real video. That's when they started claiming that they had re-digitized the video of George Zimmerman to make it clearer. ABC reported Matt Gutman added to that lie claiming that the video had been further “clarified” by Forensic Protection Inc.

These scoundrels have no shame.

1 posted on 12/13/2012 7:08:14 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Just when I think the American MSM can't sink any lower, they manage it with ease and conspiracy.

May they all rot in Hell.

2 posted on 12/13/2012 7:17:30 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Zimmerman should amend his defamation complaint to add ABC as a defendant.


3 posted on 12/13/2012 7:17:47 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Uncle Chip
I never saw it, but I believe Ricky Gervais made a (bad) movie a couple of years ago about living in a world in which no one understood the concept of lying. He could tell a woman: "You must sleep with me now, or the world will end" and she would do it. He said it -- so it must be true, right?

I think the Left believes they live in that world. They can say anything:
We have a grainy video and it proves Zimmerman was not injured
We have a Youtube video, and that's why the Libyans attacked our embassy in Benghazi
We have a doctored birth certificate, so Obama is eligible to be president.

They can say anything, and they are sure that the public will buy it. This game cannot go on forever.

4 posted on 12/13/2012 7:18:17 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I pray the jury awards him a trillion dollars !


5 posted on 12/13/2012 7:21:06 PM PST by Jahoohio
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To: Uncle Chip

The racist who claimed z was guilty, seem to be as scarce as public pay telephones in smart phone stores.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 7:22:26 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: reagandemocrat
"Zimmerman should amend his defamation complaint to add ABC as a defendant."

Speaking of which, if Zimmerman is found guilty, does that impact his suit against NBC? Is that NBC's only defense, hoping that Zimmerman is found guilty?

7 posted on 12/13/2012 7:27:34 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: Jahoohio

I agree with you, but on the other hand at the rate the Fed is going, a trillion dollars might not be worth very much in the near future.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 7:28:52 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Anyone interested in a good fictional exposition of how the MSM does these things, see Tom Wolfe’s “Ambush At Ft. Bragg” in his book, `Hooking Up.’


9 posted on 12/13/2012 7:29:29 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: CatOwner

Even if he is found guilty, NBC can’t get around the fact that they edited the 911 transcript to make it appear that Zimmerman volunteered the information that the suspect was black, i.e. that he was a racist. But in fact the 911 operator asked him about it, which was edited out. A whole different picture emerges, independently of whether (or not) he was justified in shooting Martin as he did.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 7:31:48 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: reagandemocrat
Zimmerman should amend his defamation complaint to add ABC as a defendant.

The MSM was out to get Zimmerman - he should sue all of 'em.

11 posted on 12/13/2012 7:35:38 PM PST by GOPJ (Detroit should be renamed 'Michael Mooresville'...)
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To: CatOwner

Zimmerman won’t be found guilty. There’s still am important piece of evidence for which no report has surfaced. I believe the firearm malfunction alone will prove him innocent.


12 posted on 12/13/2012 7:38:20 PM PST by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Navy Patriot

they have been lying communists since before Walter Duranty, why stop now..


13 posted on 12/13/2012 7:38:33 PM PST by Reverend Wright (1990 Budget Agreement: learn from other's mistakes)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“This game cannot go on forever. “

To quote Eric Blair, who seems more prophetic every year:

Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are
creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that
the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a
world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not
less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will
be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they
were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world
there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.
Everything else we shall destroy—everything. Already we are breaking down
the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We
have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and
between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend
any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends.
Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from
a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual
formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm.
Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except
loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of
Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a
defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we
are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no
distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no
enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be
destroyed. But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be
the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing
subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory,
the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a
picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.

Unless we stop the progressives before they reach critical mass, I fear that this game can indeed go on forever. The quote from O’Brien covers so much of what is actually going on, from the destruction of our cultural heroes like Jefferson and Lincoln to the displays of raw power we have recently seen, and the suggestions that some of our leader are motivated by hate. Consider Benghazi and the way the story is going down the memory hole, and the way the first World Trade Center attack apparently never happened since 9-11 was the “first attack by terrorists on our soil”. The trivialization of sex.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 7:40:48 PM PST by DBrow
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To: CatOwner

Good question. Depends on what “conviction” means.

Generally a conviction destroys the civil case.

Here however, if Zimmerman gets convicted because the jury pool was tainted by the false MSM coverage, then his damages go through the roof. (And more important, it would be great grounds for appeal and eventual reversal of the conviction). So ultimately there wouldn’t be a conviction in the criminal case, but a multi-billion dollar award against NBC, ABC, et al, ad nauseum, in the civil case.


15 posted on 12/13/2012 7:50:37 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Uncle Chip
Even if they claim technical difficulties in airing the high definition video, the reporterette saw the high definition copy on the equipment it was made on.

So it proves that she knew the narrative they were presenting was false. She just reasoned that the low-grade video would allow them to get away with lying.

16 posted on 12/13/2012 7:57:41 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Is this the video where ABC strategically placed a logo to block the view of Zimmerman’s head?


17 posted on 12/13/2012 8:00:15 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: meatloaf

Elaborate please. I never heard of the weapon malfunctioning.


18 posted on 12/13/2012 8:05:51 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Bfl


19 posted on 12/13/2012 8:07:17 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: reagandemocrat; CatOwner
Found not guilty or not in state criminal court or civil court, Eric Holder has the option of trying him in federal court on civil rights charges. It's happened before.
20 posted on 12/13/2012 8:19:05 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: Jahoohio
I pray the jury awards him a trillion dollars !

Instead of a check, he could ask to have it given him in new (single?) coin of the realm?
Coin Week The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

Notice: there are actual no plans to mint a $trillion$ coin.

21 posted on 12/13/2012 8:20:34 PM PST by BlueDragon (I sang Dixie as he died The people just walked on by as I cried...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

According to the police, Trayvon was shot once in the chest, one shell casing was found on the ground and the magazine was still full. This is not how semi-automatics work. When a semi-automatic weapon is fired, the bullet travels out the barrel, the slide cycles backward ejecting the empty shell and another round is drawn from the magazine and inserted in the chamber ready to fire. So each time the trigger is pulled, a shell is ejected and another round is placed in the chamber until the magazine is empty. At that point, the slide remains locked in the open position, waiting to be cycled manually. If the stories are being reported accurately (and given the news media’s consistent lying in this case that’s certainly not a given), then this is not normal behavior.

There is a way to fire a round without cycling the slide. If you put a hand on the slide to hold it in place and then pull the trigger, you can prevent the normal cycle. In that case, the magazine would remain full.

If Trayvon was grabbing the gun, this could explain the situation.


22 posted on 12/13/2012 8:25:30 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Uncle Chip

ABC also used the lower resolution video so they could continue to characterize Zimmerman as a white male.


23 posted on 12/13/2012 8:31:51 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Graybeard58

Yeah, Rodney King comes to mind. But I think Zimmerman would have to be acting in a governmental capacity for Civil Rights charges to apply.


24 posted on 12/13/2012 8:37:14 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: ClearCase_guy

I have never kept a magazine full. Just my preference.


25 posted on 12/13/2012 8:45:59 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: reagandemocrat
Zimmerman should amend his defamation complaint to add ABC as a defendant.

Yep.
I hope Zimmerman goes after every last one of these scumbag Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms.

26 posted on 12/13/2012 8:57:51 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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A little bit more about ABC's Candace Smith:

Howard University is the latest school to join ABC’s “ABC News on Campus” program, the network announced Tuesday.

The program — started in 2008 — creates bureaus at universities around the country, staffed with journalism students who work with ABC News producers to report local stories, some of which are featured across ABC News platforms — many appear onABCNewsOnCampus.com.

Candace Smith, a senior broadcast journalism major, has been named Howard University’s bureau chief. Smith interned this summer with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City; she previously interned at Fox-owned WTTG in Washington.

27 posted on 12/13/2012 9:49:19 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Red_Devil 232

Zimmerman got off one shot. The KelTec he had, failed to chamber another cartridge. It did not jam. That means something prevented the slide from cycling. Zimmerman would have had a very difficult time racking the slide with Martin on top of him if the first shot hadn’t been so lethal.

Either Martin had his hand on the slide when the gun was fired. It was jammed between the two bodies. Or Zimmerman limp wristed the gun when it was fired allowing it to move so much the recoil that would have normally cycled the slide and chambered another round caused the gun to flop around.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 12:09:33 AM PST by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: ClearCase_guy; et al

There is a way to fire a round without cycling the slide. If you put a hand on the slide to hold it in place and then pull the trigger, you can prevent the normal cycle. In that case, the magazine would remain full.

If Trayvon was grabbing the gun, this could explain the situation.

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Another possibility would be Zimmerman bracing the rear of the pistol against his body which would prevent the action from fully cycling.....


29 posted on 12/14/2012 12:10:23 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Nothing so vexes me as a Democrat above ground. Enforce the Bill of Rights.)
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To: Uncle Chip; All

This case just becomes a bigger travesty

Good that Zimmerman hired the Beasley Law Firm for his civil cases. The discovery in his civil actions are going to be even more revealing....heck they may even find which Correctional Facility DeeDee (Witness 8) was picked up from for her Apr 2 deposition...

And, all Floridians, make sure to primary out Gov Rick Scott and AG Pam Bondi in 2014. They put in SA Angela Corey when the Seminole SA Wolfinger would not play along with the Black Racists. They can end this travesty by pulling Corey...but refuse to do so

Meanwhile, my county goes bankrupt paying for this travesty


30 posted on 12/14/2012 5:08:50 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: CatOwner

Speaking of which, if Zimmerman is found guilty, does that impact his suit against NBC? Is that NBC’s only defense, hoping that Zimmerman is found guilty?


Not necessarily.

If he were to be convicted (as long as his trial is in Seminole County, with Seminole residents on jury, he will not be convicted)...and his case was overturned on appeal based on certain factors (like media slander that prevented a fair trial)....the media is not off the hook.

NBC will most likely settle out of court...especially if the Duval SA continues to pursue criminal charges and does not drop the case. The longer the criminal case goes on, the more it is kept in the news, and the more damage is done to Zimmerman


31 posted on 12/14/2012 5:13:34 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: Uncle Chip

Too bad we don’t have Candace Smith investigated by the FBI to see if she might have a racist background. All leftists have a trail of racist hate expression. They use racism to advance their agenda whenever they can possibly twist it to their purposes.

The racists pigs who did this as “news” are responsible for many innocent whites being attacked by mobs of blacks and and individuals. That is addition to what they did to Zimmerman. They ran a race hate rally nationwide.


32 posted on 12/14/2012 6:57:00 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: ClearCase_guy
According to the police, Trayvon was shot once in the chest, one shell casing was found on the ground and the magazine was still full.

Which seems more likely: that a semi-auto firearm would cycle well enough to completely eject a round without stove-piping, but not enough to strip a round from the magazine, or that a firearm with e.g. a ten-round magazine would be described as having a "fully loaded" magazine if it had nine in the mag and one in the chamber [I don't remember the actual capacity of Mr. Zimmerman's pistol]? While I suppose certain firearms might possibly short-cycle as described, and Mr. Zimmerman might have had such a weapon, it seems more likely that the language of the report was chosen to make clear that the firearm could not have been fired twice since it was last loaded, than to describe an unusual malfunction mode.

33 posted on 12/16/2012 10:49:00 AM PST by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I SMELL B$

Even IF that story were true, why didnt they play the HD video and hour later when they got back to the station?

why did they NEVER play it until recently? but instead keep playing the lo-res version?

I hope zimmerman OWNS the station when he is through with them


34 posted on 12/16/2012 10:59:17 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: ClearCase_guy
According to the police, Trayvon was shot once in the chest, one shell casing was found on the ground and the magazine was still full.

Which seems more likely: that a semi-auto firearm would cycle well enough to completely eject a round without stove-piping, but not enough to strip a round from the magazine, or that a firearm with e.g. a ten-round magazine would be described as having a "fully loaded" magazine if it had nine in the mag and one in the chamber [I don't remember the actual capacity of Mr. Zimmerman's pistol]? While I suppose certain firearms might possibly short-cycle as described, and Mr. Zimmerman might have had such a weapon, it seems more likely that the language of the report was chosen to make clear that the firearm could not have been fired twice since it was last loaded, than to describe an unusual malfunction mode.

35 posted on 12/16/2012 12:20:19 PM PST by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: supercat
I don't have a link, but I thought the shell casing remained in the weapon, indicating the slide did not cycle when the round was fired.
36 posted on 12/16/2012 12:44:52 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi
I don't have a link, but I thought the shell casing remained in the weapon, indicating the slide did not cycle when the round was fired.

What I quoted said the empty casing was on the ground. If the casing were stove-piped in the gun, then that would represent a relatively common malfunction. In that scenario, the number of rounds in the magazine would depend upon whether Mr. Zimmerman topped off the magazine after loading the chamber; unless the report gives a number of rounds, however, I wouldn't rely upon the term "full" to distinguish between the topped-off and non-topped-off scenarios (with a ten-round magazine, a gun with nine in the mag and one in the pipe would often be considered "fully loaded", whether or not it would be possible to top of the mag and re-insert it while keeping a round chambered).

37 posted on 12/16/2012 1:27:24 PM PST by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: supercat
I had the impression the case was still in the chamber. It made me think that Martin may have had a hold of the weapon when it fired. I never have heard if that was confirmed by prints, etc.
38 posted on 12/16/2012 1:36:19 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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