Skip to comments.Bending the Trayvon Martin Tragedy To Fit
Posted on 07/31/2013 6:11:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist.
NBC News was the most egregious offender on this score. Producers edited Zimmerman's 911 call to make it sound as if he were targeting Martin because of his race. The "Today" show ran audio of Zimmerman saying, "This guy looks like he's up to no good ... he looks black." Those ellipses hide the fact Zimmerman said "he looks black" only after the operator asked him to describe Martin. (NBC has apologized, and Zimmerman is suing.)
Any hope that the editorializing would end with the trial was naive. National Public Radio recently profiled Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother. In response to the tragedy and the trial, Fulton has become a civil rights activist, NPR reported.
It was a deferential piece, and understandably so. Who wants to add to the woman's pain? But there's a difference between deference and advocacy. In a speech to the National Urban League, Fulton said her son was killed "all because of a law, a law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held accountable and to pay for this awful crime."
And how did NPR's Greg Allen put that statement in context? He told listeners: "Fulton is one of many pushing for a repeal of Florida's 'stand your ground' law." He noted that sit-ins have been staged but that the Florida governor remains "unmoved." And that was it.
Allen then went on to report that one of the jurors told ABC News, "George Zimmerman got away with murder but you can't get away from God." We owe that revelation to ABC's interview with Juror B29, a.k.a. "Maddy." The sole nonwhite juror in the case, Maddy made that remark to ABC's Robin Roberts. The quote went viral across electronic and print media.
The only problem: It's not clear that's what she thinks. As Will Saletan of Slate magazine notes, the video was artfully edited to make it appear as if Maddy generated this thought on her own. But when you watch an unedited segment, she's repeating back a statement by Roberts, and ABC News was happy to let the misinterpretation stand.
Letting misinterpretations stand is the hallmark of the media's coverage of this story. For instance, nowhere in NPR's report did Allen mention that Zimmerman's defense team never mentioned Florida's "stand your ground" law. They argued traditional self-defense. The decision not to arrest Zimmerman in the first place wasn't about that law either, despite widespread insistence that it was.
Much has been made of the fact that the judge's instructions to the jury included the phrase "right to stand his ground," without noting that it is part of a standard jury instruction. As prosecutor John Guy declared, "This case is not about standing your ground."
This is not to say that "stand your ground" laws have no conceivable bearing on the Zimmerman case. Thoughtful critics of such laws, including President Obama, worry that they might create a climate in which people are too quick to resort to deadly force.
But that is an airy justification for the media to treat the law as if it were central to the whole controversy. Is it conceivable that NPR would let, say, a gun rights activist's wildly tendentious interpretation of a law stand without some explanation or context? Why should opponents of "stand your ground" laws get different treatment?
I think part of the answer is that the media and civil rights groups want a consolation prize. They didn't get the verdict -- or the story line -- they wanted. But they need to get something positive out of this. I certainly understand why Trayvon Martin's family feels that way. I fail to see why the media should so eagerly oblige.
Most journalists are very average intellects. But they identify most often with and see themselves as equal to their former college professors, and therefore report from an arrogantly leftist slant.
Look in the dictionary under "useful idiot" to see her picture.
All leftist minds work the same way. When this story was published, leftists immediately saw how this could be molded into something that it wasn’t.
Evil White people preying on innocent Black children. White Guilt. Reparations. Feed the race industry. Boost 0bama’s popularity. Great opportunity.
Didn’t matter that the facts didn’t fit the agenda. The media control minds and decided that they would change the facts.
Rachel Jantel said on the stand that Creepy-ass-Cracker was not a racial slur. She was telling the truth. But only half way. remember, she’s new school. People who heard cracker are Richard Pryor old school. According to the Urban Dictionary, “ass-cracker” is someone who engages in Anal Sex and she said “Trayvon’s not that way”. This was Gay Bashing aka “Whoop-azz”.
So what does that mean?
Your headline “bend to fit” reminded me of an unpublished, closely held, tongue-in-cheek unwritten Work Order sometimes resorted to by Manufacturing Engineers when confronted with a scheduling crunch.....and which might have been right at home in the DILBERT comic strip:
POUND TO SIZE, FILE TO FIT AND PAINT TO HIDE.
Yeah, where was all her concern for her son when she gave away two years after his birth? From what I understand, she made a decent living-government work, of course.
And what’s with this hedging language “appeared to”? The media didn’t “appear” to twist and spin the facts, they outright did do it.
I wish the mother of the 18mo who was shot in the face and killed, had been able to stand her ground while armed, or the mother of children who worked in a bakery to support them.
More rights for criminals, disarm the law-abiding-between that and confiscatory wealth redistribution, why bother anymore?
It what the libtard media ALWAYS does.
She's now on the payroll, because she helps with fundraising.
So, St Skittles engaged in some profiling.
First, nothing new about this story. We know how the liberal media is.
Second..."sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist."
That's not new either. The black community is always trying to make everything racial. I think their agenda is to keep this up until everyone who isn't black with cower away from accusing them of anything...(i.e., run stops signs, pull out in front of people...break into stores when they riot...cops can't say anything cause then they are profiling).
Third, T. Martin is not the only young black boy killed un-necessarily. Why "worry this bone"?
Finally, the black community and the liberal media seems to have forgotten that T. Martin said, "creepy a$$ cracker." But hey that's not racist, is it?
The Hating Whitey continues.
Jesse and Al with bigger hair and more makeup...
Goldberg is an idiot. Did he just crawl out from under a rock? This guy has spent too many hours in the DC martini lunch set. Get real jerk! This country is under COMMUNIST OCCUPATION and you’re writing columns months late about a garbage pickup in Florida manipulated by the HOMO erectus in the White Hut!
“They didn’t get the verdict — or the story line — they wanted. But they need to get something positive out of this.”
The very essence of advocacy journalism.
Yup, as plain as the nose on our faces.
Yours is the first cogent explanation of “creepy ass cracker” that I’ve seen. I had no idea that the meaning depends upon where the hyphen goes. Thus, a “creepy-ass cracker” is a white guy who looks a little off. But, a “creepy ass-cracker” is a homosexual, perhaps a predatory one.
All it does for me is make me more determined to keep my distance in every way possible, because being white, if a black person takes issue with me, I am automatically wrong and full of hatred for disagreeing.
Funny how quickly that term found it’s way into the dictionary. (have to remember the hyphen in the future).
I feel ya!
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