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Zimmerman case hurt media's image
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 29, 2013 | Matthew Reavy

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.

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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.

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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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; media; msm; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; racism; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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It wasn't easy to get the public to trust us even less ... but we managed!

1 posted on 07/29/2013 10:29:18 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
They got caught doctoring the 911 tapes. No wonder people don’t trust them.
2 posted on 07/29/2013 10:32:05 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Zakeet

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?


3 posted on 07/29/2013 10:32:34 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Zakeet

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.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 10:33:55 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Zakeet

Vermin getting their image hurt? Seems hard to do.


5 posted on 07/29/2013 10:34:10 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Zakeet
ABC News Accused of Dishonestly Editing Zimmerman Juror to Take 'Got Away With Murder' Out of Context
6 posted on 07/29/2013 10:34:10 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: dhs12345

And they don’t care


7 posted on 07/29/2013 10:34:45 AM PDT by uncitizen (Barack Obama hates white people)
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To: Zakeet
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."

Nothing inexplicable at all about it. They believe GZ was a bad guy and were willing to lie to prove it.

8 posted on 07/29/2013 10:35:00 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Zakeet

Has the media ever taken the side of a law abiding citizen? They always seen to side with the criminal - and glorify them.


9 posted on 07/29/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: uncitizen

Ya. True.


10 posted on 07/29/2013 10:37:03 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: TexasCajun

Interesting link. Thanks


11 posted on 07/29/2013 10:37:26 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Zakeet

They’re still incorrectly referring to GZ’s call as a ‘911 call’. He called the non-emergency number.


12 posted on 07/29/2013 10:38:24 AM PDT by Bob
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To: dhs12345

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.


13 posted on 07/29/2013 10:41:37 AM PDT by uncitizen (Barack Obama hates white people)
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To: Zakeet
Holy Crap in your nest Batman!
Hell this is a pretty damn honest story. I find it hard to believe it comes from a big city, main stream newspaper.
14 posted on 07/29/2013 10:42:41 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Zakeet
...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.

15 posted on 07/29/2013 10:43:17 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Zakeet
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.

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.

16 posted on 07/29/2013 10:45:59 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Bob
It's the media...FACTS mean NOTHING!!!!!!!!
17 posted on 07/29/2013 10:46:28 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Zakeet

I don’t believe the Inquirer report that only 60% of Americans don’t trust the media.


18 posted on 07/29/2013 10:47:25 AM PDT 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: dhs12345
font face="courier"> Senior Staff at MSLSD evlautaing the Oportunities of this case prior to forwarding talking points to revrant al sharpton


19 posted on 07/29/2013 10:47:52 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Zakeet

:: A CNN analysis suggested that Zimmerman had used a racial epithet under his breath during that 911 call. The network later retracted the allegation. ::

Really?
Shocking!
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?


20 posted on 07/29/2013 10:48:29 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Zakeet

Nope. The media’s image is so low that it would have to raise 1, 000,000 years at the speed of light to get it to the bottom of hell.


21 posted on 07/29/2013 10:49:16 AM PDT by sport
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To: Zakeet

The Zimmerman case didn’t hurt the media’s image. Instead it confirmed the media’s corrupt and advocacy image for the blacks and dems for those who have seen it’s biased reporting for years.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 10:51:25 AM PDT by falcon99
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To: dhs12345

This is why they’re still butt-hurt over the verdict. They keep on trying to create outrage or something. Denial.


23 posted on 07/29/2013 10:52:42 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Gotta question for you. Did Trayvon Martin first go to his Dad’s girlfriend’s condo, drop his goodies off and go back out and confront George Zimmerman after the initial meeting?

A friend of mine says he didn’t. I didn’t follow the medias rendition of this nor did I follow the case here...I just don’t give a damn, really.

I would like to know if the little thug could have stayed indoors and would have been alive today or did he go back out and start a fight?


24 posted on 07/29/2013 10:52:53 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Jeff Winston

Amen!


25 posted on 07/29/2013 10:56:35 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Zakeet

Bttt


26 posted on 07/29/2013 10:59:12 AM PDT by digger48
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To: uncitizen
And they don’t care

No they don't care, but hopefully, this will hurt them in the pocketbook. Hopefully, because of their perfidy, their income will go in the toilet. They will become even less relevant than they are now. THAT will be a beautiful thing to behold.

27 posted on 07/29/2013 11:11:05 AM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: Mark17

They are more concerned with spreading their lies than they are about profitability, unfortunately for our country.


28 posted on 07/29/2013 11:14:52 AM PDT by uncitizen (Barack Obama hates white people)
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To: bigfootbob; Uncle Chip

There was a four-minute gap between the time Martin reached the condo and the time the attack on George Zimmerman began. It’s known that Martin came back to confront Zimmerman, so Martin could have simply gone inside and stayed alive.

Pinging the master of the Zimmerman live threads for his thoughts and hopefully better details.


29 posted on 07/29/2013 11:15:29 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Zakeet

“Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” -Richard Salant, former president of CBS News


“We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage, by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” - Richard Cohen, Senior Producer, CBS Political News


“We are gratful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directores have attended our meetings and respected their promises of descretion for almost forty years.

It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government.” -David Rockerfeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, in an address to a meeting of The Trilateral Commission, in June, 1991.


“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth: to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

-John Swinton, highly respected former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, at the New York Press Club, 1953, when asked to give a simple toast before the New York Press Club, stunned a roomful of admiring peers into total silence with the preceding remarks (as reported in the January, 1993 issue of The National Educator, and also quoted in the book “Pure Sociology” by Professor Lester T. Ward)


“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” -Thomas Jefferson


30 posted on 07/29/2013 11:16:11 AM PDT by Main Street (Stuck in traffic.)
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To: Zakeet
When Zimmerman's 911 calls were released, NBC inexplicably deliberately edited the tape, stringing together separate statements in order to ...

There. Fixed it.

31 posted on 07/29/2013 11:17:37 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: dhs12345
font face="courier"> Senior Staff at MSLSD evlautaing the Oportunities of this case prior to forwarding talking points to revrant al sharpton


32 posted on 07/29/2013 11:18:11 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Zakeet

Contrariwise.

I think they were enormously successful. Racial dissent has never been higher.


33 posted on 07/29/2013 11:18:35 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Zakeet
rather than focusing on what many see as serious gaps in our gun and self-defense laws.

...aaand they're still doing it- pushing an agenda in a story that is modestly self-critical of the media pushing agendas.

The bright spot is that my opinion of the mass media at large couldn't get any lower- so there's really no harm done.

34 posted on 07/29/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Lol.


35 posted on 07/29/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Zakeet

No, the msm hurt their already damaged image.


36 posted on 07/29/2013 11:35:26 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: dhs12345
the MSMs bigger WINDFALL ever


37 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:27 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Zakeet

How can their image sink lower than it already is?


38 posted on 07/29/2013 11:37:58 AM PDT by I want the USA back (We live in a fascist dictatorship, thanks to half the public having its head up its a$$.)
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To: bigfootbob; Colonel_Flagg

According to Witness 8, the state’s and scheme team’s star witness, Martin ran, walked, skipped to his daddy’s girl friend’s townhouse which was 70 yards from where he then went back and threw the first punch.

That was undisputed and repeated by her over and over again in interviews, depositions, and in court.

As a matter of fact that was one of the three critical pieces of evidence that the jury relied upon for their Not Guilty verdict — the other two being the pictures of his injuries and the 911 tape of the screams.


39 posted on 07/29/2013 11:44:57 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Jeff Winston
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.

The Grand Jury process is supposed to protect the citizen from just this kind of abuse.

For some reason in Florida this Prosecutor was able to bypass the Grand Jury and take Zimmerman to trial for murder with out a Grand Jury indictment; this is a violation of Zimmerman’s Fifth Amendments rights.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

40 posted on 07/29/2013 11:49:49 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Zakeet

media putting their collective lips on obammy’s ass is what brought me to the conclusion that they are ALL SCUM.


41 posted on 07/29/2013 11:57:32 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Zakeet
Zimmerman case hurt media's image

Let's see: The MEDIA has people such as Chrissy "Leg Tingles" Matthews, Rachel Madcow, Georgie "Paid klinton apologist" Stephanopolous, among others. How could the image of the media be any worse?

42 posted on 07/29/2013 12:00:29 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (A Quiet Rage is Building All Across America!)
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To: Uncle Chip; Colonel_Flagg

Thanks.


43 posted on 07/29/2013 12:07:26 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Zakeet

Thanks for this post because it re-itemizes and exemplifies the lying agenda driven protection not only in their coverage of the Zimmerman trial but consistantly the so called media has given the socialists which have taken over the Democrat party.

If there is any doubt it was made clear at the Democrat pary 2012 convention where they decried any reference to God or Our Creator and whom when I refer to them since as the hyphenated Demo-Com party. If that was done in the last century the media would be all over them. Alas today it’s not even being refered to by the RINOS or the GOPES (GOP Elite Snob(s)) running todays Republican so called opposition party as a concern. While the regime in power has declared war on Christian religious beliefs.

Worse yet this media are accomplices in a travesty of justice. Miss-reporting and falsifying and supporting reports that a security worker murdered a black youth for no reason because he refused to be questioned as the security working was on his rounds. Unquestionly reporting racial claims eminating from the President himself and subsequent spokespersons aligned with the regime. Most calling for his execution and placing his life and family in serious jeopardy.

That cullminated and continues with murders of happless whites at the hands of black youths throughout the country.

Not reporting the person working security was of mixed race (including black) in a secured setting of mixed race (including blacks)of working pay check to paycheck owners of modest dwellings. Who on private right of way legally questioned and released a visiting youth on his return to a local address. As the Neighborhood watchman was returing to his vehicle was attacked by the youth who had the security worker pinned to the ground screaming for help. The youth got killed in the struggle over the gun the security person had in his wasteband.

What the media furthur refuses to do is to draw into the aims of the regime or even speculate about the resettlement pogrums socialist use against those who oppose them

Instead.they’ve allowed the regime to organize and use the threat of racial conflict should there be any investigation that would lead to a deserved impeachment.


44 posted on 07/29/2013 12:09:43 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Zakeet
It didn't "hurt their image" ... it "exposed their soul".

Hurting their image implies that it created an inaccurate view of them that in some way was detrimental. Showing who they really are is actually benign.

45 posted on 07/29/2013 12:19:08 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Mark17
"No they don't care, but hopefully, this will hurt them in the pocketbook."

Do they really not care?

They are so far in the tank for progressives they probably think they are doing the right thing.

Aren't they the 4th estate of government?

They are so agenda-driven for the left they cannot see truth if it bites them in their liberal asses.

They see themselves as superheroes trying to get the masses to realize what they should really think all for the betterment of society. The betterment as progressives see it.

I know this - I took a few j-school classes at university and saw a huge crest of people - professors and student - who felt they had a purpose - a purpose to educate the masses to a thinking that would be better for them and for the social world as they saw it.

Its one reason they hate talk radio - too much truth versus their agenda-driven drivel.

46 posted on 07/29/2013 12:22:12 PM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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To: Zakeet
...rather than focusing on what many see as serious gaps in our gun and self-defense laws.

Nice try, but no cigar. Pretending to be objective about the media's dishonesty, while being dishonest.

47 posted on 07/29/2013 12:22:37 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Main Street

Ditto and then some.


48 posted on 07/29/2013 12:26:23 PM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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To: Uncle Chip

One other question...where was the drink & skittles found? By the body or condo?


49 posted on 07/29/2013 12:31:48 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Uncle Chip

Thank you, UC. I had recalled that too but I knew you’d have a better grip on the testimony than I did.


50 posted on 07/29/2013 12:40:07 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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