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As George Zimmerman Prosecution Implodes, A Media Invested In His Guilt Grows More Shrill
Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 07/02/2013 1:42:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

“It’s dangerous for America the way were doing this as a trial in the media with the whole nation as jury.” This observation about the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 by MSNBC host Touré was as true when he made it, in March of last year, as it is today. Too few, it seems, have taken his advice to heart.

Since the Zimmerman trial began, the instant analysis of the nationally televised case – meriting near wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news outlets – has not been favorable to the prosecution. State witness after state witness has had their credibility impugned or introduced reasonable doubt that Zimmerman’s actions may not meet the threshold necessary to convict him for second degree murder. And as the state’s case against Zimmerman grows thinner, the tone of those in the media who have invested a significant portion of the last 16 months in an effort to indict him in the court of public opinion has grown more caustic.

This phenomenon began on June 28 after the prosecution’s star witness and Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, took the stand to testify that she was on the phone with the deceased teen when fatal fight with Zimmerman began.

Her testimony was nothing short of a disaster for the prosecution. She was combative, she was reprimanded for being contemptuous of the proceedings, she admitted to reversing assertions made in deposition, and she introduced the fact that Martin had racially profiled Zimmerman (disclosing that Martin had used the slur “cracker” to describe him).

It was then that the media commentators invested in Zimmerman’s guilt went on the defense. MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor – one of the first media commentators to don a hooded sweatshirt to protest Martin’s unnecessary murder....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; media; msm; msnbc; nancygrace; notguilty; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; racheljeantel; television; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman; zimmermanmedia
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They seem to think today's testimony by the detective will turn it all around against Mr. Zimmerman.
1 posted on 07/02/2013 1:42:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crackers unite!...


2 posted on 07/02/2013 1:43:16 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What do we need with the jury system when we have the media to determine the outcome.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The detective who, while hostile to Zimmerman, corroborated his version of events?


4 posted on 07/02/2013 1:46:44 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the MSM and the Admin have been spoiling for a nationawide race riot from the start on this....

Given the low information anture of the populace, they may get it....

Sadly....


5 posted on 07/02/2013 1:47:00 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Prosecution is now trying base their case on conjecture and speculation. Really hoping for idiocy.


6 posted on 07/02/2013 1:47:22 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

How many crackers could a crackerjack crack if a crackerjack could jack crackers?
Yeah, it’s creepy.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 1:47:34 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I haven’t forgotten that it was the media who creatively edited the 911 call from Zimmerman to make it appear that his only concern was that Martin was black.


8 posted on 07/02/2013 1:48:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
GZ *will* serve a long time somewhere.It may be in Florida,it may be at Leavenworth.Osama Obama’s son,after all,deserves nothing less.
9 posted on 07/02/2013 1:49:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There seems to be two trials going on. One in the courtroom that just got going and the one the media has been conducting ever since the act of self-defense.

Same thing is happening to Paula Deen.

Who voted the media judge and jury?

10 posted on 07/02/2013 1:49:23 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those who are prone to believe Zimmerman is guilty base their opinion totally on the idea that Zimmerman was the ‘aggressor’. Facts to the contrary are moot.


11 posted on 07/02/2013 1:50:11 PM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: GraceG

Bingo, these talking heads have been ginning up the brothers for 2 weeks now. I fully expect that when the not guilty verdict comes down all holy heckoly is going to break loose in all the the big cities.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 1:50:26 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: GraceG

And incite riot for ratings for pure debased self-interests.


13 posted on 07/02/2013 1:50:40 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Might as well make it into a reality show where America can phone in votes after each testimony who they believe.

14 posted on 07/02/2013 1:50:47 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why does the media always preface Martin with the Honorific “teen?” Wasn’t he a man, legally?


15 posted on 07/02/2013 1:51:20 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Slyfox

When will Obama issue an Executive Order declaring Zimmerman guilty.


16 posted on 07/02/2013 1:51:22 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

He’s a Hispanic, if Obama is Black. That’s the cold hard truth here.

Just heard a female substitute host on KFI in Los Angeles... only caught the end of her comments and she asked, “Is Zimmerman a pathological liar?”

The guest said, “Well, the best way I have heard him described is timid.” Of they went on that rant...

Why is Zimmerman thought to be lying? He gave a police interview the very next day before he had an attorney. The police believed his story.

This is such B. S.


17 posted on 07/02/2013 1:52:30 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Slyfox
There seems to be two trials going on. One in the courtroom that just got going and the one the media has been conducting ever since the act of self-defense.

Your very wording here indicates that you have yourself prejudged his innocence. You may very well be right, but don't get all self-righteous about someone doing the same on the other side.

18 posted on 07/02/2013 1:52:40 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe that the jury will be so afraid of riots and great bodily harm done to them if they find Zimmerman Not Guilty ,as the evidence proves, that they will find him guilty and get out of town quickly.

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
July 2, 2013

Supporters of Trayvon Martin are threatening to stage riots and looting if George Zimmerman escapes a conviction,

http://www.infowars.com/trayvon-supporters-threaten-riots-looting-if-zimmerman-aquitted/


19 posted on 07/02/2013 1:52:58 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: GraceG

Was it the Left and black people buying those 80 million firearms and all that ammunition since November 2008?


20 posted on 07/02/2013 1:53:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: fwdude

Nope. He was 17, still legally a minor.

Thought the other day how you could make people’s heads explode by referring to him as a “boy,” which implies youth and innocence, exactly what they’re going for with “teen.”


21 posted on 07/02/2013 1:53:53 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Ingtar

If an officer as down having his head pounded into the sidewalk, I’ll bet that detective would have gotten religion instantaneously. Because it was a citizen protecting himself, “Oh we can’t have that.”

I’m so tired of dip-sticks.


22 posted on 07/02/2013 1:55:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Sherman Logan
Your very wording here indicates that you have yourself prejudged his innocence.

As our legal system does, until proven guilty in a court of law...

23 posted on 07/02/2013 1:56:55 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: BitWielder1

You’ve just identified the future of American justice.
Add in a cheering studio audience, a big wheel for the defendant to spin for his “sentence,” and you’re there...


24 posted on 07/02/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: DoughtyOne; AngelesCrestHighway; Georgia Girl 2; GraceG; KeyLargo

George Zimmerman’s Black Ancestry is Revealed
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876811/posts

George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876692/posts

George Zimmerman Has ‘Black Roots’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2876518/posts


25 posted on 07/02/2013 1:57:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

SALTINES!


26 posted on 07/02/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Thank goodness that FL is a CCW state.


27 posted on 07/02/2013 1:58:58 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Sherman Logan

We’ve pretty much had access to the information for months. I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch by this point to think he’s innocent.

We know Zimmerman’s head was being pounded into the sidewalk. What more do we need to know, to realize he was defending himself?

I couldn’t convict the guy on that alone.

There would be no justifiable act for Martin using what could easily have been lethal force. End of story.


28 posted on 07/02/2013 1:59:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Could it be the prosecutor is intentionally blowing the case because he doesn’t really believe in Zimmerman’s guilt or in the charges?

The federal government (Barack and Holder) practically ordered the state and local governments to charge Zimmerman.

(If Obama had a son he would look like Trayvon)

Barack and Holder are also responsible for getting the media stirred up and turning this into a racist circus.


29 posted on 07/02/2013 1:59:34 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Red Steel

And incite riot for ratings for pure debased self-interests.

The MSM gets a Ratings payoff and gets to live longer on borrowed time, and the Administration get a Crisis they won’t let go to waste....

It is WIN-WIN for those who seek to destroy....


30 posted on 07/02/2013 1:59:35 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Steel
I'm thinking that the prosecution received their marching orders when this thing blew up in the press. In looking over the facts they realized they had been given a soup sandwich of a case. The locals had gotten it right in the beginning and the prosecution was now stuck between the ole rock and hard place.

So what to do? Lose the case without throwing in the towel. And that's what their doing.

31 posted on 07/02/2013 2:00:24 PM PDT by Wingy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Over the last few days I noticed he is no longer referred to as just “Trayvon Martin.” Now he is referred to as “Unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin.” The Obamedia are really working to subvert the justice system on this one.


32 posted on 07/02/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: JimRed
It does not.

You are presumed innocent till proven guilty. That is quite different from prejudging innocence as a fact before the trial even begins.

Look, I believe he probably did act in self-defense, but if your criticism of the media is that they prejudged him, not that they prejudged him as guilty rather than innocent, then you shouldn't prejudge him yourself if you want to be consistent.

33 posted on 07/02/2013 2:01:09 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Georgia Girl 2

No.

Only in the big cities still restricting second amendment rights.
The lesson of the Korean Shop owners will prevail elsewhere.


34 posted on 07/02/2013 2:02:28 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: GraceG
I think the MSM and the Admin have been spoiling for a nationawide race riot from the start on this....

Given the low information anture of the populace, they may get it....

Sadly....

Sadly if we are to return to the Republic and Constitution we have all but lost, there, it appears, will have to be blood spilled, let us pray that unlike George Bush the first, we see it thru till the win is assured.

35 posted on 07/02/2013 2:02:44 PM PDT by SilverMine (ever member of congress should be horse whipped)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Have you seen this?:

http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2013/07/zimmerman-prosecutor-indicted-for.html

What’s this about?


36 posted on 07/02/2013 2:04:56 PM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: DoughtyOne
We know Zimmerman’s head was being pounded into the sidewalk. What more do we need to know, to realize he was defending himself?

I don't know exactly what happened that night, but I can certainly give you a scenario where his actions would not constitute self-defense, even if his head was being pounded into the pavement.

If Zimmerman assaulted Martin, a felony, he cannot later claim self-defense if he is losing a fight he started himself. Self-defense cannot be claimed in commission of a felony.

Otherwise, if a perp attempted to mug an innocent citizen, then won the ensuing gun fight, he could claim self-defense and walk.

I'm not claiming that's what happened last year, only that being in the process of losing a fight does not necessarily make lethal action self-defense under the law. Nor should it.

37 posted on 07/02/2013 2:06:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: griswold3

it’s a stupid made-up phony baloney plastic banana “indictment” by some group that has zero legal power and which only makes them look like loons


38 posted on 07/02/2013 2:07:22 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The really nasty tactics are yet to come, I’m suspecting.


39 posted on 07/02/2013 2:08:17 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They seem to think today’s testimony by the detective will turn it all around against Mr. Zimmerman.

Shepard Smith started to make a noose


40 posted on 07/02/2013 2:08:25 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Sherman Logan

Ans you write like someone who hasn’t been watching the trial, following the evidence and the recordings of the investigations and police interviews. Those who have heard the tapes of the interviews, saw for themselves the behavior and probity of the witnesses and are in the process of making up their minds. As one who has watched, listened and thought about what I have seen its a very straightforward case.


41 posted on 07/02/2013 2:12:10 PM PDT by JayGalt
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To: Georgia Girl 2
That underlying threat is what the prosecution is counting on for a conviction. The message, which they must never say out loud, but will be conveyed to the jury in a multitude of small indirect ways is simple:

"If Zimmerman walks, all Hell will explode and many people will die. Put him away for a couple of years, and things will stay calm. Isn't the freedom of this one man, who was probably a bit over overly aggressive, worth it to keep the peace?"

This, in a nutshell, is their entire case and they know it, the media knows it, and the defense knows it. What's more, reasoned to an all female jury, it's probably going to be quite effective. These women will rationalize their decision as noble in ways aimed at promoting universal peace and harmony. I mean, tough luck on Zimmerman, but hey, sometimes sacrifices have to be made.

The defense only has one chance and it is not "reasonable doubt about guilt", it's "overwhelming proof of innocence".

I am not sure if they have reached that level.

42 posted on 07/02/2013 2:12:18 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Sherman Logan

Well, in your premise Zimmerman would have had to walk up to Martin and assault him. Can you explain where you heard that theory? Nobody has charged that, not the police, the prosecutor, or the woman who is now being charged with falsifying the warrant that resulted in Zimmerman’s trial going on now.

In fact a detective just got off the stand saying that Zimmerman’s story seemed accurate.

The prosecutor has had amply opportunity to call any witness he wants, that could reveal your premise. Has he?

Will he? I don’t think there’s a prayer he will.

We’ll see. Could be you’re a sage.

I do appreciate the point you’re making. It’s a solid point. I don’t think it applies here.


43 posted on 07/02/2013 2:13:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: JayGalt

I think y’all are forgetting that the media has very good reasons to hope for an acquittal.

It will prove the continuing racism of America and its judicial system. And provide excellent ratings for the ensuing riots.

Living roughly 1/4 mile from the hood myself, I am not looking forward to it.


44 posted on 07/02/2013 2:15:10 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: GraceG
Given the low information anture of the populace, they may get it....

...or they may be too busy watching some hip hop reality show.

45 posted on 07/02/2013 2:15:58 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: sauropod

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46 posted on 07/02/2013 2:16:28 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope the jurors do the right thing. Don’t know their demographics or make up, but just hope they decide with intelligence, integrity, and look at the facts no matter where it leads and won’t be worried about what blacks may do if things don’t go “their” way.


47 posted on 07/02/2013 2:17:28 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: KeyLargo; 2ndDivisionVet

KeyLargo ~:” Supporters of Trayvon Martin are threatening to stage riots and looting if George Zimmerman escapes a conviction,

http://www.infowars.com/trayvon-supporters-threaten-riots-looting-if-zimmerman-aquitted/";

I think that we all accept the media has a “libTurd bias “.
This case is being decided in the courtroom and in the public eye , encouraged by the obama media .
Yes , the media are looking for rateings , but they are the doing the Obama (community organizer ) job for him too.
The media made this a racist legal case ; not the police !
Now they are pumping this for all its worth , acting as race-baiters !

Think this is an accident ?
At the same time the FED government is trying to take lawful firearms away from lawful citizens and disarm them .
At the same time some State legislatures are passing bills to criminalize , and even confiscate lawful firearms .
At the same time, the FED has over-ordered ammunition , thereby causing an ammunition shortage .
At the same time that we have moved from a freedom loving people and in a few short years have moved into a ‘police state’(CIA/DHS/FBI/IRS/,etc)
At the same time that we have an Attny General of the U.S. Government offer perjured testimony to Congress and the American people.
At the same time that the Director of NSA offers Congress the “least untruthful answer ‘ to his testimony.
And now we are seeing all this race-baiting in the media !!

An accident ?/ coincidence ? ... I think NOT !
I didn’t think I was a conspiracy theorist .. but now ?
(Its time for me to put on my tinfoil hat )


48 posted on 07/02/2013 2:17:38 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sherman Logan

Considering the evidence and witnesses have totally supported Z, it seems your comment is complete spin, so much so it’s speeding up the rotation of the planet.

Please stop before we all fly off.


49 posted on 07/02/2013 2:18:26 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sherman Logan
It isn't "someone"...

It's the MSM....!!

The left's "we got your back" buddies.

50 posted on 07/02/2013 2:20:37 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Sic semper evello mortem Tyrannis)
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