Skip to comments.WSB Radio & TV (ATL, GA) Refers to "Murdered Teen" Trayvon Martin in Thurs Newscasts (Vanity)
Posted on 03/22/2012 5:14:46 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
I realize there are many here who would agree with this depiction, as well as many who would not.
Regardless, I would hope that no one would accept or condone such an example of journalistic irresponsibility, to use such a term before the shooter has been arrested, charged or convicted.
I am not sure why I am writing this here, perhaps it is an opus of a kind (a sadly weak one, to be sure), but this has scared me. I will file a complaint with the FCC, for whatever good that will do, but this, along the discussion of this case here has changed me in a way that I'm not sure I understand.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the many posters who have taught me alot, made me think, made me bite my tongue, and helped me grow up. I've gotten far more from FR and Freepers than I've given, and that's humbling.
Especially Salvation and her Catholic ping list, which has been a wonderfully enriching resource.
Again, not sure why I'm posting this; I just feel compelled to. Good luck and God bless to everyone here.
In news breaks on the radio, and on the 6:00 TV broadcast, the specific term “Murdered Teen” was both spoken and put in the accompanying on-screen graphic.
Sheppard Smith has convicted the shooter. I don’t have anough information yet.
May we have both sides of the story, please?
Tried and convicted by the media.
If you are going to use a gun it is YOUR responsibility to be right in how you use it.
The other story. Last weekend gun-lawed Chicago had 50 shootings, 12 murders. Where’s the media? The media says the warm weather did it.
Racial agitation. Obama and racialist blacks and whites have set back race relations 50 years. They have inculcated the feeling in many black people that everything is “whity’s fault”. The white liberals are feeding this narrative and agitating them, just like they feed the islamo-facists narrative that everything wrong in the world is “America’s fault”.
If he were smart he'd leave the county if he still can as he is doomed otherwise. Radio here is referring to him as a "white hispanic" with an actual emphasis on the word 'white.'
You are cock-eyed optimist to really believe that journalistic standards exist today. Or, for that matter, that real journalists even exist today. JMO, YMMV, etc.
Wheres the media?
And Al Sharpton!
I’ll bet no one here knows that Trayvon Martin was “lynched with a gun.” It’s true, folks. Just listen to the outrageous commentary this evening on HLN Network.
I just heard the same description on cable’s HLN. This is the slant they’re trying to put out there.
Hah! You just heard the same thing I heard! HLN is outrageous on this issue.
That is an incredible case of journalistic malfeasance.
One thing I will say about them is they always use such mealy words as “alleged” even when there is no doubt as to what happened, yet in this case where no one seems to know what really happened and by just about any standard there is a question as to his guilt even if he did what the race hustlers are saying.
That had to be a purposeful misuse of their power. Not some error of judgement, just plain agitation.
Look, if this case would be beneficial to Obama & Holder, they would have jumped on it immediately. It isn’t and both Obama & Holder will go very, very slow in investigation and outcomes for obvious reasons. The basic fact that the alleged shooter was not arrested or even charged with a crime by the Sanford, Florida police indicates something happened there that we do not know about.
I find the facts of this case are not yet truly evident. Only time and investigation will reveal what really happened. Obama will not touch this with a ten foot pole. He will force Holder to take action and if Holder bungles it, Holder will be the fall guy not Obama. This one is fraught with political danger for Obama. The alleged shooter in this incident is an Hispanic not a White person. Obama cannot afford any attack on Hispanics!!! He must have the Hispanic vote in November, or its bye bye Obama!!!
It would be wise to stand by, and let the facts surface before rushing to judgement of anyone on either side. Sadly, certain Black Americans have acted without the facts being known. Not good for them or Obama as is now being shown as this tragic episode plays out. The left-wing radical element is having a ball. Obama is not!!!
I heard Shep Smith talking about Trayvon as a ‘little boy’
He said that this afternoon on his show. Makeing it seem
that he was just a kid, not old enough to be a gang member.
Before we string him up, would it be OK to ask some questions and include some points from the other side?
The Hispanic guy Zimmerman was the only one to volunteer for block watch. He was credited for stopping several crimes in the neighborhood by a BLACK family whom he was close to. He also has black family members. Community members stated that he was NOT the Rambo type.
Witness states the black football player ( aka the skittles carrying teen) was on top of the Hispanic guy “pummeling” him. Zimmerman’s screams for help can be heard on the 911 tapes. Police noted that Zimmerman had a bloodied nose and head and concluded it was self defense.
We can debate the wisdom of following a suspicious hooded person who entered a gated community (that he did not live in) that experienced 25 robberies/burglaries in the last year...but in the debate can we at least examine both sides?
Yes, the teen was carrying skittles, do all people get immunity for their actions when carrying candy now? What if the Hispanic guy had a Hershey bar in his pocket-would that make what he did any different?
Yes, people are claiming he was in that community to visiting his dad’s girlfriend...but does that give him the right to assault someone who asked what he was doing in the neighborhood? What if the Hispanic guy did not have a gun and the football player continued to beat him? Would you have simply laid there getting beaten and not used your weapon?
I wish this did not happen, and more evidence may well come out for and/or against the shooter. But can we hold the rope a bit so we can learn some more?
Yes, I did. It is outrageous. Did you hear the black gentleman earlier say that He was afraid that there could be race riots like those in LA— not that he supported such a thing, though.
I really feel like calling my cable provider and asking them to remove HLN and its sensationalism from the air. Those people are just out for money and reputation.
When police officers arrived, Martin was lifeless, face down on the ground, while Zimmerman was bleeding from his head and his back was covered in grass, as if he had been on the ground, the police report said.
Sanford police issued a statement Wednesday defending their decision not to arrest Zimmerman. They said that when officers arrived, he claimed self-defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony.
The police chief said Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin after he had given up his chase and was returning to his truck.(my emphasis)
A man who witnessed part of the altercation contacted authorities.
"The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, 'Help! Help!' and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911," said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.
John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.
"And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point."
I have seen it described as a “murder” in Miami, too.
The media: amplifying one political opinion.
Murder is a crime, and rightly so is determined in a court of law. WSB has decided to be that court. The concern you have is justified.
I have no idea what happened on that day. They have held it for a month to get the plan together to attack guns and class.
People without badges and uniforms should not be allowed to accost others and walking should not be considered “suspicious” by anyone. Neighborhood watch should be doing only that, watch. Not follow, not confront, and certainly not create the conditions for a shooting - justified or not.
The news keep showing the pic of the dead kid as a 120 pound 12 year old boy. Mentioning he was carrying a coke and candy, and you can see where they are going with the story.
Reality is this was no child. He was over 6 foot tall and 200 pounds, and a football player. He was shot as he was trying to beat the neighborhood watch person to death. He didn’t just punch him and leave, he had the NW guy pinned down and was beating the snot out of him.
The news folks believe if there isn’t a riot to cover, they can stir one up.
I’m trying not to convict the guy before he’s been arrested, but I was just thinking about what my not nearly as tall son would do if someone were following him in an unfamiliar area in the rain. It would all depend upon his mood and whether he ate the Skittles and drank the Arizona Tea before the confrontation. If he had already started eating the Skittles and drinking the tea, he would probably be nicer and less hostile to a stranger following him. But if he were hungry and tired, he could very well lash out and end up dead. He’s a teenaged boy. He’s very, very much of Scottish descent. He’s white though he can pass for Hispanic. Hubby will have to have a talk with son about how to make sure he doesn’t end up shot. Hubby at the same age was an angry teen. He probably would have beat the guy following him to a pulp and taken the gun from him. When I think of hubby and his survival instinct, I think of The Patriot when Mel Gibson’s character takes out all those Brits like he’s a madman. I really think it is an inherited trait though it must’ve skipped my f-i-l because he is the nicest person. His father, on the other hand, was one mean son of a gun. He was the kind of man who you didn’t cross or you would be taken on a hunting trip and never be seen again. And then there are the stories of ancestors who fought in various battles/wars.
160 lbs according to the police report. Still not the little kid the news portrays.
You have to read FR to find out the facts of this incident. None of the witness reports posted here have been reported on any of the news I’ve seen. Locally (Oklahoma) newsies are also calling it murder. Zimmerman better have a good lawyer, and let’s hope they stop the community from intimidating the witnesses. Maybe he shouldn’t have followed the guy in the first place, but once he was being beaten up, he had the right to defend himself. (And yes, Fox news is on the “murder” bandwagon too—Judge Jeanine Pierro was preaching that particular gospel this morning.)