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Mark O’Mara: Before I Knew Him, I Thought George Zimmerman Was Racist
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matthew Sheffield

Posted on 07/14/2013 2:18:41 PM PDT by Kaslin

Thanks to the media’s habit of showing beatific, outdated photos of Trayvon Martin, many Americans who only casually followed the trial of George Zimmerman incorrectly believed him to have been younger than he actually was at the time of his death. In a Friday interview, Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney, Mark O’Mara admitted that he was one of them.

Speaking with CNN correspondent Martin Savidge, O’Mara denounced what he called a “wonderfully created and crafted public relations campaign” by the attorney for Martin’s family, Benjamin Crump and his allies. According to O’Mara, had they not injected a racial element into the story, Zimmerman would never have been tried.

Such was the power of the narrative of a bruising white man deliberately gunning down a small boy out of racial malice that even O’Mara, a seasoned defense attorney very familiar with media sensationalism, bought into it.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bencrump; blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; markomara; msm; omara; preconceived; racism; sttrayvon; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/14/2013 2:18:41 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They should do a survey having the 12 year old pict and the 17 year old picts and a few of non trayvon people. Ask people to point out the correct pict of Trayvon that is closest to his death. Bracket it with questions on how closely they followed the trial. If they think zimmerman was guilty etc. Then publish those results. That will neutralize the propaganda.


2 posted on 07/14/2013 2:23:54 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Kaslin

goes to show the media isn’t biased anymore

biased is far to weak a word to describe a bunch of foaming mouthed liberal zealots doing everything they can to push an agenda.


3 posted on 07/14/2013 2:26:06 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (If the republican party wants to be the democrat lite party then they don't need my vote)
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To: Kaslin

It happens to the best of us.

For myself the ‘facts’ being presented didn’t make sense from the very beginning. On the other hand I did know what Sanford is like. In the ‘hood’ in broad daylight the Blacks would run out and stop cars driving through to offer their ‘goods’.

On the other hand I am very pleased that he realized that he had been manipulated by a very clever ‘campaign’ to discredit GZ and earn a handsome payday for the Parents and Attorneys representing them from Insurance payouts, endorsements, Products, etc.

As we now know, it’s quite an industry, the ‘Race Baiting” Industry that is.


4 posted on 07/14/2013 2:33:20 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Cubs Fan

The media is the PR firm for Satan.


5 posted on 07/14/2013 2:34:05 PM PDT by Waywardson (I did not vote for that pro-abortionist candidate!)
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To: Kaslin
One of the most powerful bits of evidence of GZ’s probable innocence was,when told by a cop very shortly after the event that he thought the incident had been filmed,his immediate response was “thank God”.That's the response of a guy who clearly...instinctively...knows that he did nothing wrong.
6 posted on 07/14/2013 2:41:48 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Kaslin

Can’t wait for Mark’s book to come out. Just watching him in court tells me his book will be a major hit.


7 posted on 07/14/2013 2:45:33 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: Kaslin

I have never seen a picture of Trayvon at his real age next to a picture of a younger him. Wonder why that is?


8 posted on 07/14/2013 2:53:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve heard the pundits say it was right to run this through the system (even though it was initially found to not be criminal) - but how does George Zimmerman get his life back? What does the state owe him for this?


9 posted on 07/14/2013 2:53:51 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: Kaslin

And here is what is sad about that. We have had a full year of dispelling the myths of the scheme team narrative. A year ago many still did not know that they were myths — but now they do and yet they still hang onto the myths as their hatred grows.


10 posted on 07/14/2013 2:55:09 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Kaslin

This is a ‘must watch’


11 posted on 07/14/2013 3:07:26 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Kaslin

I’m surprised O’Mara was fooled by the media. Perhaps he’s being generous.

I have a simple rule with the MSM that never lets me down; everything they say is a lie. Everything. Always.


12 posted on 07/14/2013 3:17:42 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Walkingfeather

Are there any polls out that shows what percentage of Americans support the verdict? If it’s more than 50% I doubt they’ll ever show it unless they can spin it.


13 posted on 07/14/2013 3:24:30 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: Flick Lives

O’Mara is a liberal Democrat. He’s anti-gun and anti-self defense in general and anti-stand your ground in particular. He also pulled some very shady stuff with this case. Sherrie Zimmerman is facing perjury charges because O’Mara TOLD her and George not to include the defense fund in their asset statement. He has never done the honorable thing and claimed credit for that mistake. He also handled the $200,000.00 dollars from the Zimmerman defense fund in a highly unusual, perhaps unethical, manner. More is at this website which hopefully doesn’t violate FR TOS:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/03/13/why-mark-omaras-ideology-and-prior-mistakes-matter-legal-integrity-counts/


14 posted on 07/14/2013 3:37:38 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Kaslin

Somebody made a good point by noting that no one was worried that whites or Hispanics would riot if Zimmerman was acquitted.


15 posted on 07/14/2013 3:40:37 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Gay State Conservative

He shot him in self defense. If that punk would not have attacked him George Zimmerman wouldn’t have shot him. It’s as simple as that


16 posted on 07/14/2013 3:50:16 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

https://twitter.com/JulisonCom

Ryan Julison @JulisonCom 23 Mar 12

Julison Comm is proud to be a part of International Media Coverage in support of Travon Martin’s family.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-usa-florida-shooting-trayvon-idUSBRE8320UK20120403

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton wanted George Zimmerman arrested. They believe he stalked their son because he was black, and they were outraged that Sanford police had accepted Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

Lee, the police chief, would contend under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that police could not arrest Zimmerman without evidence to contradict his story. Martin turned to Patricia Jones, his sister-in-law.

An attorney herself, she knew whom to call: Benjamin Crump, the state’s best-known civil rights attorney, based in Tallahassee. Crump and law partner Daryl Parks had previously gained renown representing the family of a black teenager who died in a boot-camp-style youth detention center in 2006, winning the boy’s family $7.2 million in damages from the state of Florida and Bay County.

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During a break in the hearing, Crump noticed messages from Tyrone Williams, another attorney he knows, and Jones. They urgently asked for his help. Soon Jones put him in touch with Tracy Martin.

“I told him to believe in the system,” Crump said of that first call. “I really believed they were going to arrest Zimmerman. I said, ‘He’s a neighborhood watch person with a gun. Of course they are going to arrest him just for that.’” “Then 48 hours passed and they still hadn’t arrested him,” Crump said. “After that we just had to do what we had to do.”

He took the case pro bono. Realizing he needed a lawyer who knew Sanford and Seminole County, Crump turned to Natalie Jackson, a former Navy intelligence officer who founded the Women’s Trial Group, which specializes in cases for women and children. Her mother lives in Sanford.

Now Crump and Jackson needed a media strategy. On March 5, Jackson brought in Ryan Julison, a publicist who had worked with her on a number of high-profile cases. After speaking with Tracy Martin, Julison said he also took the job for free and went to work pitching the story to national media.

Crump knew from his experience on the boot-camp case that publicity could force officials to act, but it would require persuading two people who had never stood before a television camera to withstand the spotlight.

“I got on the phone with Tracy Martin and I told him, ‘It’s not going to be any fun, but this is the only way to find justice,’” Julison said. “You are going to have to bare your soul and express your emotions and your inner grief.” Martin and Fulton agreed. There was only one problem. At first, the media weren’t interested. Julison pitched the story to a long list of media contacts.

Eventually, on March 7, Reuters published a story titled “Family of Florida Boy Killed by Neighborhood Watch Seeks Arrest.” The next day, CBS News aired a segment on “This Morning,” and by 10 a.m. a crowd of reporters gathered at Natalie Jackson’s law office for a news conference with Ben Crump and Tracy Martin. A media firestorm had begun.


17 posted on 07/14/2013 3:56:22 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Gay State Conservative

One of the most powerful bits of evidence of GZ’s probable innocence was,when told by a cop very shortly after the event that he thought the incident had been filmed,his immediate response was “thank God”.That’s the response of a guy who clearly...instinctively...knows that he did nothing wrong.


Wow, I never heard that until now! That is what I would say if I had just been forced to shoot some one.


18 posted on 07/14/2013 4:03:33 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: maggief

Crump mis-pronounced “annals of history” as “anals of history” last night. A Freudian slip or just ignorance from the purported best civil rights lawyer in Florida? Go, Florida!


19 posted on 07/14/2013 4:06:01 PM PDT by Bravada (Wherever I Stand, I Stand With Israel!)
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To: VerySadAmerican
The MSNBC poll asking "Do You Agree With The Jury's Verdict ?" is currently running at 59% to 41% "Yes"with 20,000 votes cast !
20 posted on 07/14/2013 4:06:34 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Kaslin

Makes you wonder how many stories that we read in the local newspapers are nothing like what occurred of the actual events. Yellow journalism to something much worse.

The media is just plain unethical to all those who portrayed the lies of this case. Beginning with the photo comparisons that ran on the news.


21 posted on 07/14/2013 4:58:38 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: A_perfect_lady
Somebody made a good point by noting that no one was worried that whites or Hispanics would riot if Zimmerman was acquitted.

C3P0: No one worries about upsetting a droid.

Solo: That's because a droid doesn't rip people's arms off when they lose. Wookies are known to do that.

22 posted on 07/14/2013 5:03:52 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Christie at the beach
Makes you wonder how many stories that we read in the local newspapers are nothing like what occurred of the actual events. Yellow journalism to something much worse.

Here's how I generally phrase it to people who are too trusting of the media:

Everyone, it doesn't really matter how much they might know about anything else has some one subject that they know quite a bit about. They can be a functional moron as far as everything else in their life is concerned, but there's generally something they are passionate about that they know front and back.

Once you do determine what that particular subject is, ask them one simple question. "If you've ever heard that particular topic reported on in the media did they generally get the facts right, or were they completely off base?" In almost every case the latter is the case. Next, you drive it home. "If they are so completely off base about (X), then why in the world would you trust them about anything else?"

You can pretty much make the same case if they've ever been personally involved in a case that got any kind of media attention, whether substantial or not. Chances are, the press gets just about everything of importance wrong. The bigger the story, the more likely the story is 90% propaganda and 10% truth.

The press is by far more dangerous to us than just about anyone imagines. Rush's rather pithy quote about "random acts of journalism" is far closer to reality than just about anyone would like to believe.

23 posted on 07/14/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Cubs Fan

This appears to be no minor mistake. It’s full on wickedness. But, paradoxically, wickedness brings on so much blindness that being able to discern something in the midst of it seems to take a heroic effort.

God does care, though. The cross of Christ would never have had to be furnished if it wasn’t needed.


24 posted on 07/14/2013 5:50:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Christie at the beach

The media’s hugest temptation is driven by the love of money, as well as the pride of influence. Sensation sells, and so the most benighted point of view will be relentlessly hawked if it gets eyes.

The answer does not lie in the political sphere. There is no salvation in politics. It lies in the theological sphere and specifically with personal relationships to God. Only God can get people out of the tangles they create for themselves.


25 posted on 07/14/2013 5:53:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: zeugma

People can not generate reason in and of themselves. God has to issue the call “let us reason together.”


26 posted on 07/14/2013 5:55:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin
MOM blisters the media at 28:35
27 posted on 07/14/2013 6:05:02 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Flick Lives

Mark Twain said “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you read the newspapers you are misinformed.”


28 posted on 07/14/2013 6:09:15 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: 1066AD

If msnbc is showing 59% then it’s probably 80%. The only ones pissed about this verdict are the extreme blacks, the race hustlers, the idiot whites and the white commentators. And that’s so they can keep their jobs. Which brings the question, why does Marsha Clark get on these shows about Trayvon? She “persecuted” a black man.


29 posted on 07/14/2013 6:31:43 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: zeugma

Everyone I know who’s ever been interviewed for a paper, including me, will tell you the “reporter” got it all wrong.


30 posted on 07/14/2013 6:37:34 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: Kaslin
Here is a hint,

Everything on the MSM is a lie wrapped around a conspiracy. Everything. It is their modus operandi.

31 posted on 07/14/2013 6:45:54 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: MtBaldy

I hope Zimmerman didn’t sign the rest of his life away to O’Mara. Since he was found not guilty he can write a book, make a movie, whatever. But, I doubt Hollywood would be willing to write Zimmerman a check. They’ll probably make the movie about Trayvon and write his parents a check. And they won’t have to pay Zimmerman because they’ll take it all from the news.


32 posted on 07/14/2013 6:46:06 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t be distracted. The Federal government is going to use sleight of hand, to keep our attention focussed on riots and demonstrations like the ones in Oakland, San Francisco and elsewhere, to try and give Boehner and Cantor breathing room to force amnesty for illegal aliens down our throats. DON’T LET THEM DO THIS!!


33 posted on 07/14/2013 10:22:30 PM PDT by Piranha (We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.)
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To: Christie at the beach

I have been directly or peripherally involved in several news stories. In every case the reporter/ette was only interested in how to incorporate my answer to her questions into their already constructed self serving narrative. As a result I don’t believe anything I read/see/hear in the mainstream media without independent objective verification. They are generally not very bright and view everything through leftist colored glasses.


34 posted on 07/15/2013 6:37:14 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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