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Rush to judgment in Trayvon Martin case
CNN ^ | William J. Bennett

Posted on 03/31/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT by matt04

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A random act of journalism from CNN.
1 posted on 03/31/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

There’s no “rush to judgment” in this case. It’s just a matter of believing what one wants to believe. The “belief” was already set and it only takes an event which can be interpreted as prejudice to trigger outrage. Take the Twana Brawley matter as an example.


2 posted on 03/31/2012 9:27:16 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: matt04

Funny they never mention their own tendency to judge first.


3 posted on 03/31/2012 9:27:38 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: matt04

it seems to me that over the past few days CNN has grown a conscience and a brain and has decided to stop participating in this exercise in black racism.


4 posted on 03/31/2012 9:27:55 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: matt04

“The Miami Herald reported that in the gated community in which Zimmerman patrolled”

MSM, just stop with the “gated community” stuff.

Just. Stop. It.

The community inside the gates is a small complex of condos, with the average price around $1000,000. Many of the units run less than $80,000.

This is NOT a rich “gated community” like the media tries to spin it.

The use of “gated community” is code by the MSM and liberals for elite, rich and white. . .in other words, racist.


5 posted on 03/31/2012 9:28:30 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: matt04
rush to judgment with little regard for fairness, due process, or respect for the terrible death of a young man.

Sorry, Tres Von, you're going to be thrown under a bus. Only a few short days ago, you were a young boy. Now, you're a young man. By the time all the facts come out, even CNN might be saying "delinquent" or "young criminal."

6 posted on 03/31/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: Hulka

That would be $100,000. . .


7 posted on 03/31/2012 9:29:41 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: matt04

Dollars to doughnuts the threat of lawsuits is what is causing some of the media to turn around. The blatant lynchmob journalism has been breathtaking, I hope the settlements are also breathtaking. There has already been one settlement already in McClain v Lee, more certainly to follow, most out of court.


8 posted on 03/31/2012 9:29:52 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (.)
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To: matt04

When the Rev Jackson says that “killing us is big business” he means that it’s big business for him....


9 posted on 03/31/2012 9:30:21 AM PDT by MS from the OC (Obama foreign policy"If you're an enemy we're sorry; if you're a friend, you're sorry" Abe Greenwald)
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To: matt04

re: A random act of journalism from CNN.

Not exactly. The author is William J Bennett, a conservative. So, in the sense that CNN actually allowed a conservative to author a commentary on their site, yes it is a big surprise.


10 posted on 03/31/2012 9:30:53 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: matt04
A random act of journalism from CNN.

No. A syndicated editorial from Bill Bennett.

11 posted on 03/31/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT by P-Marlowe
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To: matt04

Jackson said that Martin's death shows how "blacks are under attack" and "targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business." Apart from the obvious incendiary nature of such comments, what in heaven's name could Jackson mean?

a despicable lie that is completely backwards. Reality--Whites are huge multitudes more in danger of being victimized by blacks than the other way around.

12 posted on 03/31/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (if it weren't for double standards the left wouldn't have any standards at all)
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To: matt04
Editor's note: William J. Bennett

This might explain it. No liberal will admit they, "acted stupidly"

13 posted on 03/31/2012 9:31:26 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: matt04

Holy Cow! Has CNN swerved into the truth? Unbelievable! Journalists acting like...er well, journalists. This won’t last long...


14 posted on 03/31/2012 9:32:02 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: matt04

how does a teenager with drug paraphernalia have gold teeth and expensive tats? hmmmm???????


15 posted on 03/31/2012 9:33:07 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: matt04

It’s a column by William J. Bennett, the conservative author.

CNN’s journalistic integrity remains intact [ Do I REALLY need a sarcasm tag?].


16 posted on 03/31/2012 9:34:20 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Hulka

So it’s wrong to call an area with access controlled by gates a “gated community” based on property values???

It’s a community with access controlled by gates... W T F do you call that????


17 posted on 03/31/2012 9:34:59 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: matt04

Note that the author is former Reagan cabinet member Bill Bennett. I’m sure CNN will find space to denounce him as a racist bigot somewhere.


18 posted on 03/31/2012 9:35:08 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: matt04

The drive-by media - ever advancing the “innocent until proven guilty” assertion - as long as it advances Obama.


19 posted on 03/31/2012 9:36:11 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: matt04
This from CNN? One of the great water carriers for Zero? Unbelievable.

HURT: Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency
20 posted on 03/31/2012 9:37:57 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cubs Fan

Exactly. What’s astounding is that this is not only the case according to their proportion of the population, it’s also true in raw numbers. So the only “big business” is the racket of black violence on others, and the prisons the nation needs to lock them away from innocent potential victims. Can you imagine the difference in this country if just this one factor-the factor of black crime-was gone?


21 posted on 03/31/2012 9:38:35 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: matt04

“At first glance, the death of Trayvon Martin seemed to be a straightforward example of ugly, racial conflict resulting in the killing....”

Is this Bill Bennet? In any event, in what way did it look like a racial killing at first glance?

You have a hispanic neighborhood watch guy who said he was jumped, certainly confirmed by witnesses that he was losing the fight, who shot the guy he had called police about.

There were exactly two (insufficient) facts to support a racial theory 1. That the shot guy was black, and 2. That it doesn’t appear the shot guy was in fact doing anything that merited shooting PRIOR to the fight.

Pretty weak basis to have jumped to any conclusion of a racial killing.

Neighborhood watch people call the police all the time to report “suspicious” persons. Most such calls don’t pan out but it’s better safe than sorry.

MAJOR POINT: If Zimmerman wanted to “just shoot” Trayvon, he wouldn’t have been on the phone to police getting them there so they could check it out.


22 posted on 03/31/2012 9:38:35 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: matt04

Too late CNN.


23 posted on 03/31/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: matt04

The music has stopped & this time it’s ABC News without a chair. Shades of Rathergate & CBS News. Keep pushing The Myth, ABC.


24 posted on 03/31/2012 9:39:30 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: matt04

‘we found out..’

You mean you HID CNN.


25 posted on 03/31/2012 9:41:13 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: matt04
A random act of journalism from CNN.

No, it was Bill Bennett writing an editorial.

The media malpractice is massive.

Initially, there was clear disinformation reported.

Secondly, the media made ZERO effort to read the police report, interview officers, witnesses and emergency personnel who treated George Zimmerman.

It was precisely because the media ignored the FACTS of this case that criminals like Sharpton were able to distort the story to fit their narrative.

The criminality is 100% on the part of liberal journalists who, once again, thought they were going to get firearm owners, white males and conservatives.

26 posted on 03/31/2012 9:41:18 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: matt04

A random act of journalism from CNN.

Nonsense. They mention Trayvon was suspended for drug paraphernalia. How about getting caught with jewelry and a screwdriver? How about possibly assaulting a bus driver?

CNN mentions Zimmerman was Hispanic and a Democrat like those are disqualifying factors for wrongdoing. Speaks volumes about where they’re coming from. “He’s a Democrat therefore he couldn’t be racist.”

To me they’re just walking it back after they’ve realized they’ve gone too far out on the limb. They’re still the slimebag liberals they were yesterday.


27 posted on 03/31/2012 9:42:53 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Tax-chick

I grew tired of the pictures of a six, or 12 year old : )


28 posted on 03/31/2012 9:45:46 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: chris37
"it seems to me that over the past few days CNN has grown a conscience and a
brain and has decided to stop participating in this exercise in black racism."
yhea..This is real news (encouraging) or just a random act of journalism?...or a CYA;
... time will tell...or will the OBozo Media Chorus try to marginalized this article?...spike it.

29 posted on 03/31/2012 9:47:16 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Kill all the terrorists, protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: HerrBlucher

Reminds me of the Richard Jewell case who was blamed in the Atlanta bombing and the Duke lacrosse case. I noticed that they keep posting an old picture of Martin (just saw it on cover of Peoples mag.). I am surpised they have not yet started presenting baby pictures. HLN is full time covering this story. I read MSNBC actually doctored Zimmerman’s 911 call.


30 posted on 03/31/2012 9:48:53 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Williams

” MAJOR POINT: If Zimmerman wanted to “just shoot” Trayvon, he wouldn’t have been on the phone to police getting them there so they could check it out.”

Kinda shoots the “gotta shoot the black guy” all to hell.


31 posted on 03/31/2012 9:49:04 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I will wager you envisioned a community of mansions when you first heard “gated community.” That was the impression the MSM and idiots liberals wanted to generate as it played into the nonsense about the community being “exclusive” and any black person wandering the area would instantly be out of place.

Apartments and condos everywhere have gated entrances. . . but they are never called a “gated community.”

Tell me when, if EVER, a condo area was referred to in crime reporting as a “gated community.”

So why now? Why is this condo area (where the units are the same size of apartments) called a “gated community?”

The answer is simple for even the most simple-minded: the MSM and liberal race-baiters wanted to convey an inaccurate image.

If you are honest you would admit you thought something along the lines of “exclusive” rich area when you heard the term.

32 posted on 03/31/2012 9:49:15 AM PDT by Hulka
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>>>I will wager you envisioned a community of mansions when you first heard “gated community.”

How much??

You’d lose. In my world, “gated community” is any area where access is controlled by gates. Doesn’t matter what kind of housing is behind the gates.


33 posted on 03/31/2012 9:53:28 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: matt04
I will be the first to say that the entire Zimmermann/Martin moment was a tragic incident, but the medias handling of the matter makes me angry.

"I am sick of Trayvon"

The notion that Zimmermann just gunned some 10 year old black kid down for jollys offends my sensibilities.

Jesse Jazzmo and Al Sharpton offend my sensibilities

Barack Obama and Rick Santorumn offend my sensibilities.

34 posted on 03/31/2012 9:54:37 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: rusty schucklefurd

I am amazed CNN would give Bennett a platform. Good for them.

Still...it’s a rarity. Maybe they are beginning to see that they too...have become part of a lynch mob.


35 posted on 03/31/2012 9:55:09 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Cheerio

They see the way this is going and want to appear to have been impartial all along.


36 posted on 03/31/2012 9:55:43 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: matt04

It still irritates me when the newspapers (and even FNC) show the picture of Treyvon when he was 12 years old, not the 17 year old thug that he was when he died.


37 posted on 03/31/2012 9:55:59 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Hulka

>>>If you are honest you would admit you thought something along the lines of “exclusive” rich area when you heard the term.

If you were honest, you wouldn’t be trying to make this such an issue.

Facts are stubborn things. The area in question is access controlled - by gates. It’s a gated community.


38 posted on 03/31/2012 9:56:07 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Cheerio

They see the way this is going and want to appear to have been impartial all along.


39 posted on 03/31/2012 9:56:07 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: MS from the OC

Bingo


40 posted on 03/31/2012 9:56:34 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Keith in Iowa
It’s a community with access controlled by gates... W T F do you call that????

Self preservation?

41 posted on 03/31/2012 9:59:41 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution is a living, breathing document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: matt04

How far did the bullet travel? Where did the bullet strike the young man? How many rounds were fired? What position was the young man’s body in? I don’t care what Jesse Jackson feels....what are the facts?


42 posted on 03/31/2012 9:59:48 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: davisfh
Last night CNN had a special about the Trayvon case and Justice don't remember the exact title but it was a town hall type of event with Soledad Obreien who also hosted “Black in America”. Roland Martin from Cnn was on the panel and he said this was a movement and that was the important thing unike the “Jenna 6” which they hoped would be more of a movement than it was. Basically they are using this for “Social Justice” the whole show was a sham
43 posted on 03/31/2012 10:00:42 AM PDT by funfan
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To: HerrBlucher; All
“Dollars to doughnuts the threat of lawsuits is what is causing some of the media to turn around.”

BINGO!!! Out of some strange masochistic urge I've continued to watch the utterly vile, despicable, and degraded Shep Smith, a Fox News “journalist,” continue to “report” on this story. It's obvious he bitterly hates it that somebody corked his pie hole. His body language, inflection, tone and selective “reporting,” along with letting others report exculpatory facts, show how bitterly he hates having been housebroken in his reporting of this case.

44 posted on 03/31/2012 10:00:42 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Keith in Iowa

I win. You are not honest.


45 posted on 03/31/2012 10:01:57 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

Middle to lower middle class community for sure.


46 posted on 03/31/2012 10:03:38 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: rusty schucklefurd
"re: A random act of journalism from CNN.
Not exactly. The author is William J Bennett, a conservative."
that!...Bill Bennett (S of ED) from the Reagan Administration; well that explains
"the random act of journalism"...it was a paid gig from an outside source.

47 posted on 03/31/2012 10:03:39 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Kill all the terrorists, protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: Williams

Initial reports said nothing about Zimmerman’s broken nose or bashed in head. It was just a white man followed and killed an angelic looking Black kid.


48 posted on 03/31/2012 10:03:52 AM PDT by freedomrings69
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To: chris37

“it seems to me that over the past few days CNN has grown a conscience and a brain and has decided to stop participating in this exercise in black racism.”

Either that or they’re starting to try to immunize themselves against the coming defamation of character lawsuits.


49 posted on 03/31/2012 10:03:52 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: RightWingConspirator

One of the things that bugs me is that Trayvon died on Feb 26.

Barack gave himself the power to control the entire country with martial law on Mar 16 via executive order, and now here we are on Mar 31 with this dog and pony show stirring up civil unrest and division.

It is clear to me that Obama is shaping the national consciousness to his own ends.


50 posted on 03/31/2012 10:04:33 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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