Skip to comments.Zimmerman case hurt media's image
Posted on 07/29/2013 10:29:18 AM PDT by Zakeet
A Pew Research poll this month revealed that less than a third of Americans believe journalists contribute "a lot" to societal well-being. That's more in a continuing stream of bad news for the media.
Unfortunately, the press has done little to improve that image with its coverage of Trayvon Martin's death. Instead, reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it, igniting racial tensions rather than focusing on what many see as serious gaps in our gun and self-defense laws.
At every turn the media seemed to willingly pull facts out of context to sensationalize the story and amplify the racial angle:
The first publicized photos depicted a 14-year-old Martin, three years younger and smaller than at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman was shown in an orange prison jumpsuit. These were, at the very least, prejudicial to public understanding.
When Zimmerman's 911 calls were released, NBC inexplicably edited the tape, stringing together separate statements in order to portray Zimmerman as saying: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."
A CNN analysis suggested that Zimmerman had used a racial epithet under his breath during that 911 call. The network later retracted the allegation.
Instances such as these could easily be attributed to simple error if that error did not consistently fall in one direction. No reports featured tape improperly edited to cast Zimmerman in a good light.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of Americans no longer trust the media to report the news "fully, accurately, and fairly." Distorted coverage of Martin's killing has done nothing to improve that trust.
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
It wasn't easy to get the public to trust us even less ... but we managed!
Yeah and king hussein didn’t help the divide either. Well, he helped widen it. So, when is he gonna have the (so called) parents of st. trayboi up to the white house?
There is a serious gap in our gun and self defense laws.
When the media and the government can take a case with literally no credible evidence of being anything other than self-defense, and do to the man who defended his own life what they’ve done to George Zimmerman, I’d call that a serious gap.
Vermin getting their image hurt? Seems hard to do.
And they don’t care
Nothing inexplicable at all about it. They believe GZ was a bad guy and were willing to lie to prove it.
Has the media ever taken the side of a law abiding citizen? They always seen to side with the criminal - and glorify them.
Interesting link. Thanks
They’re still incorrectly referring to GZ’s call as a ‘911 call’. He called the non-emergency number.
There are still enough fools out there that do believe the media and those are the people they preach to. They know the rest of us turn them off in disgust.
...reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it, igniting racial tensions rather than focusing on what many see as serious gaps in our gun and self-defense laws.
Who are these "many" who supposedly "see" so-called "serious gaps in our gun and self-defense laws?" It's obviously more leftist extremism trying to masquerade as "news."
Marxists never learn from their stupid mistakes.
Right for the wrong reason. Thinking Americans understand the right to self-defense and that this right is not granted by government. The focus should have been on the facts -- SYG was not a factor and Zimmerman acted in clear-cut self-defense -- rather than on Obamaesque race baiting.
I don’t believe the Inquirer report that only 60% of Americans don’t trust the media.
:: A CNN analysis suggested that Zimmerman had used a racial epithet under his breath during that 911 call. The network later retracted the allegation. ::
Isn’t this the same network that agreed to report/publish only positive news concerning the Saddam Hussein regime in trade for access to the tyrant leading up to and during Enduring freedom?