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George Zimmerman Acquitted, Media Guilty
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 13, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield

Posted on 07/14/2013 5:41:55 AM PDT by Kaslin

A Sanford, Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all charges late Saturday night in the trial he faced involving the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The trial quickly became a media spectacle after supporters of Martin's family convinced the left-leaning national press that regional law enforcement authorities had declined to prosecute Zimmerman because Martin was black. Local officials insisted that Zimmerman was unlikely to be convicted of anything based on the evidence they could find. It appears that initial judgment was correct.

A brief news summary via Yahoo:

The six-woman panel signed they had reached a verdict 9:45 pm ET and filed into the courtroom around 10 pm. After the verdict was read, Judge Debra Nelson polled the jurors to make sure each agreed with the decision. She then told Zimmerman he was free to go.

Zimmerman showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

The decision from the jury was expected to spark outrage from Martin family supporters who say the teen's death was ignored by police and prosecutors for weeks because of his race. Martin was black, and Zimmerman is half white and half Hispanic. Protesters outside the courtroom began chanting for nationwide demonstrations after news of the verdict reached them.

Martin's father, Tracy, tweeted his thanks to supporters.

"Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY," he wrote.

At a press conference following the verdict, prosecutors expressed disappointment with the outcome but urged the community to remain calm.

More:

"We're ecstatic with the results," defense attorney Mark O'Mara after the verdict. "George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense."

Another member of his defense team, Don West, said he was pleased the jury "kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty."

Besides propelling the case into the national spotlight, the biased coverage of some media outlets did apparently have at least one other effect. One witness, Jeannee Manalao, stated that she had mistakenly believed Martin to have been younger than he was at the time of his death because the media had only shown older photos of the Florida teen.

The trial was marred by numerous incidents of sloppy and deliberately unfair reporting. NBC News is currently being sued by Zimmerman for editing the audio of a telephone call that Zimmerman made to 911 during the night of the altercation with Martin. In the NBC-edited recording, Zimmerman is made to sound as if he was following Martin because he was black. The false edit was first exposed by NewsBusters. It is highly likely that Zimmerman's victory today will increase his ability to win his suit against NBC.

CNN embarrassed itself by falsely claiming that on the 911 call, Zimmerman had used an archaic racial slur to describe black Americans. In fact, as even the prosecution later admitted, he had used the word punks. At least the cable news channel did not resort to fraudulent editing though.

One of the other persistent flaws in the media's coverage of the case against Zimmerman were reports claiming he was "white" when in fact, he is Hispanic, white, and also part black. For months on end, Zimmerman was repeatedly described as a "white Hispanic" even though other people of mixed race such as President Obama are never described as "white blacks."

Additionally, left-leaning media were fond of repeating false statements favorable to the prosecution such as the claim that Zimmerman got out of his car despite being instructed to remain in it. In fact, he was already out of his car when the 911 dispatcher told him "we don't need you to do that." According to Zimmerman, he turned around and tried to return to his vehicle and was subsequently confronted by Martin. Biased outlets almost always ignored the evidence which clearly suggested that it was Martin who initiated their conversation and Zimmerman's testimony that Martin initiated the violence. They also rarely reported the fact that Martin circled Zimmerman's car while he was in it, looking at him menacingly.

Additionally, viewers and readers were repeatedly subjected to hours on end of speculation and hypotheticals about how the fatal confrontation could have been avoided--but only if Zimmerman had acted differently. The speculators never discussed how Martin's father was providing almost no supervision to him, never talked about how the situation would have been prevented if Martin had not been suspended from school due to his own behavior. They also never discussed how the telephone evidence in the trial clearly indicated that Martin had more than enough time to return to his father's girlfriend's residence if he truly had been in fear of his life. Most Americans also likely were unaware of Martin's admitted love of fighting.

The public was also subjected to countless hours of ignorant pronouncements about if Zimmerman had started the fight, that would determine his guilt or innocence. Rarely were viewers ever told the truth that self-defense law in Florida is about whether the surviving person rightfully feared for his life, regardless of who started the physical confrontation.

While the public couldn't get away from information about Zimmerman's run-ins with local criminals who happened to be black, the public was rarely told about other facts about him such as that he fought successfully to get justice for an elderly black man who was beaten by the son of a white police officer, how he mentored black youth, or even that he was a supporter of Barack Obama and not some sort of far-right white nationalist.

The trial of Zimmerman would likely have remained strictly a local news story had it not been for the antics of MSNBC's Al Sharpton who was advising Martin's parents on how to gain more publicity (and also calling for Zimmerman's arrest) while simultaneously serving as a commentator for the Democratic network. Despite criticism from other media outlets, MSNBC never told Sharpton to choose between his dueling roles even though it harmed their overall reputation.

In the end, it is regrettable that Trayvon Martin died that fateful night. What is also regrettable is how America's elite news media willingly went along with a smear campaign designed by racist frauds like Al Sharpton who were looking to boost their own fortunes at the expense of an innocent man. George Zimmerman is not a perfect man. But he did not deserve to become a real-life version of Emmanuel Goldstein.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: blackkk; communityorganizer; florida; georgezimmerman; msm; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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1 posted on 07/14/2013 5:41:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
NBC altered 911 tapes.

NBC altered 911 tapes.

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2 posted on 07/14/2013 5:43:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin
http://www.gzdefensefund.com/donate/

3 posted on 07/14/2013 5:44:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Kaslin
Bert, a Freeper, has the best post of EVERYTHING I've read here. He wrote:

For the record, Trayvon got justice....... he’s dead

4 posted on 07/14/2013 5:44:33 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Kaslin

Six Brave Ladies did the Right Thing.


5 posted on 07/14/2013 5:45:06 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Kaslin

Well what do ya know! There is justice after all. TM got what he deserved and now GZ is owed an apology and a lot of money from a lot of people who tried to screw him.


6 posted on 07/14/2013 5:47:04 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: no-to-illegals

They did indeed


7 posted on 07/14/2013 5:47:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: JoeProBono

8 posted on 07/14/2013 5:48:29 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: JoeProBono

Great picture


9 posted on 07/14/2013 5:48:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Jury finds Zimmerman not guilty, indicts prosecutors, and convicts media.


10 posted on 07/14/2013 5:49:10 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Diogenesis

I’d be betting there’s a whole new pucker factor at Brian Williams’ house this morning.


11 posted on 07/14/2013 5:49:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Kaslin

I woulda shot him too.


12 posted on 07/14/2013 5:51:33 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Kaslin
. NBC News is currently being sued by Zimmerman for editing the audio of a telephone call that Zimmerman made to 911 during the night of the altercation with Martin.

Let's pray Zimmerman gets satisfaction in this case. I don't expect any of the news outlets (even Fox) to cover this. I'll have to go to Breitbart, Newsbusters or The Blaze to hear about this outcome.

13 posted on 07/14/2013 5:53:21 AM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin; bert

post 4 ping to bert


14 posted on 07/14/2013 5:54:21 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The only thing Brian Williams has ever done right...
15 posted on 07/14/2013 5:56:58 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

16 posted on 07/14/2013 5:57:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Kaslin
the public was rarely told about other facts about [Zimmerman] such as that he fought successfully to get justice for an elderly black man who was beaten by the son of a white police officer, how he mentored black youth, or even that he was a supporter of Barack Obama and not some sort of far-right white nationalist.

I wonder if Zimmerman (or Paula Dean for that matter) will be changing party affiliations in the next election?

17 posted on 07/14/2013 5:57:37 AM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The LIVE statement by the Martin family attorney sums it up:

“Trayvon Martin will forever remain in the anals of history next to Medgar Evers and Emmett Till as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all,” Crump said.

And the moron really said “anals” on live international television instead of “annals.”


18 posted on 07/14/2013 5:58:37 AM PDT by RouxStir (No peein' allowed in the gene pool.)
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To: Kaslin
... or even that he was a supporter of Barack Obama and not some sort of far-right white nationalist.

Mugged by Trayvon, and now, mugged by Reality.

19 posted on 07/14/2013 6:01:28 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: OKSooner
I woulda shot him too.

In a heartbeat. When some strange person sucker-punches you to the ground and then gets on top of you and starts banging your head into concrete, your only assumption can be that he means to either kill you or do you serious bodily harm. You don't have time to intellectualize over the finer points.

I'm reminded about a joke involving a girl named Mary Ann. It seems that Mary Ann was walking down the street one night when a big black dude came jumping out of the shadows and started ripping her clothes off. She wasn't worried. She knew she had left her wallet at home.

20 posted on 07/14/2013 6:05:18 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: EEGator

Too much makeup and way too many teeth.


21 posted on 07/14/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

You shouldn’t drink before noon.


22 posted on 07/14/2013 6:11:17 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I don’t. She’s not my type. But if you like that sort of thing, you’re welcome to it!


23 posted on 07/14/2013 6:16:10 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I was joking about drinking of course. :)

Somehow I don’t think the interest is mutual with her.

She’s probably liberal like her father anyway...big turn off.


24 posted on 07/14/2013 6:18:00 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I would like to see williams jailed for all of his crimes... along with every other media propagandist passing lies as truth.

LLS


25 posted on 07/14/2013 6:24:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Kaslin
obama was right... if he had a son he would look like trayvon... a gang banger, dope headed racist who was killed while committing the hate crime of smash and kill the cracker.
26 posted on 07/14/2013 6:28:27 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Post of the thread!

Taxman Bravo Zulu!


27 posted on 07/14/2013 6:45:01 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Travis McGee

OMG Travis..that is hilarious!


28 posted on 07/14/2013 6:54:17 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Breitbart is here.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Very well said


29 posted on 07/14/2013 6:57:02 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

And Nancy Grace is in restraints in a psychiatric ward.
I hope Taffee called her last night to say “Bon Voyage, Witch”, rhymes with.


30 posted on 07/14/2013 6:58:12 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Breitbart is here.)
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To: Travis McGee

I wish it could be that happy for Zimmerman. Now he faces the government and the media in a full force to use him for the ends. May the Lord Jesus Christ be with him. AMEN


31 posted on 07/14/2013 6:59:06 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin
MSM, Obama, Hollywood, DOJ...trying to divide this us.
Benefits the fast track centralization of government.
32 posted on 07/14/2013 6:59:30 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
MOM blisters the media at 28:35
33 posted on 07/14/2013 7:03:53 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Kaslin

I am 100% a George supporter. But how (eating prison crap) and why did he gain so much weight?
http://nationalreport.net/george-zimmerman-gains-140-pounds-preparing-for-prison-life/


34 posted on 07/14/2013 7:04:04 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Breitbart is here.)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT

I wonder if Zimmerman (or Paula Dean for that matter) will be changing party affiliations in the next elect

Is Paula a Dem?


35 posted on 07/14/2013 7:06:43 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Breitbart is here.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Is this better?

/s>

36 posted on 07/14/2013 7:12:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Diogenesis

...”NBC altered 911 tapes”...

Why is this not a criminal offense with jail time for the perp who did it?


37 posted on 07/14/2013 7:14:03 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: no-to-illegals

...”Six Brave Ladies did the Right Thing”...

Yes! They have inspired decency and honesty through their participation as jurors in this trial and they have transmitted truth to their culture and their nation through their service. This nation is starving for such heroes or heroines in this case and now, we have at least six of them. God bless them!


38 posted on 07/14/2013 7:18:40 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: LibLieSlayer

No, I don’t want to see him in jail. Free speech and all that. Now HE would probably like to see all of US in jail for things that WE say...

Still. I want to see these upper-class liberals ruined economically. Lose their jobs, their networks, newspapers, magazines whatever having no viewers/readers. Bankrupt.

Probably the biggest mistake they make on a daily basis is to think that they are intellectually and morally better than the Great Unwashed in Flyover Country. Not having to work for a living, doing things you’d rather not do but have to because you and your family have to eat; facing the trials and tribulations of the average man is something they don’t have to worry about or have completely forgotten.


39 posted on 07/14/2013 7:20:14 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Mountain Mary

Stress and depression. Prison feeds you the required calories, the stress and depression take care of the rest.


40 posted on 07/14/2013 7:23:33 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange (As as)
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To: jazzlite

Amen ... my full agreement. Six Ladies have stood up to say .... Enough!


41 posted on 07/14/2013 7:26:14 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Kaslin

No, she’s still got that Joker grin. And too much makeup. But if she’s your wife or sister, I apologize for any insensitivity.


42 posted on 07/14/2013 7:27:37 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin
The trial was marred by numerous incidents of sloppy and deliberately unfair reporting. NBC News is currently being sued by Zimmerman for editing the audio of a telephone call that Zimmerman made to 911 during the night of the altercation with Martin. In the NBC-edited recording, Zimmerman is made to sound as if he was following Martin because he was black. The false edit was first exposed by NewsBusters. It is highly likely that Zimmerman's victory today will increase his ability to win his suit against NBC.

CNN embarrassed itself by falsely claiming that on the 911 call, Zimmerman had used an archaic racial slur to describe black Americans. In fact, as even the prosecution later admitted, he had used the word punks. At least the cable news channel did not resort to fraudulent editing though.

The press was judged in this trial - they were found wanting...

43 posted on 07/14/2013 7:29:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (Department of Justice organized rallies against George Zimmerman.)
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To: JoeProBono

Wonderful - please post on every Zimmerman thread - it’s that good. Thanks so much...


44 posted on 07/14/2013 7:31:18 AM PDT by GOPJ (Department of Justice organized rallies against George Zimmerman.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

...”In a heartbeat. When some strange person sucker-punches you to the ground and then gets on top of you and starts banging your head into concrete, your only assumption can be that he means to either kill you or do you serious bodily harm. You don’t have time to intellectualize over the finer points”...

Example of head injury from the Mayo Clinic:

“By Mayo Clinic staff

Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. The degree of damage can depend on several factors, including the nature of the event and the force of impact. Injury may include one or more of the following factors:

Damage to brain cells may be limited to the area directly below the point of impact on the skull.
A severe blow or jolt can cause multiple points of damage because the brain may move back and forth in the skull.
A severe rotational or spinning jolt can cause the tearing of cellular structures.
A blast, as from an explosive device, can cause widespread damage.
An object penetrating the skull can cause severe, irreparable damage to brain cells, blood vessels and protective tissues around the brain.
Bleeding in or around the brain, swelling, and blood clots can disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain and cause wider damage.”

And, of course, you can also die from head injury. I cannot see how anyone knocked to the ground by a large stranger who begins to pound that person’s head on the sidewalk would not feel in mortal danger. They do not call guns “the great equalizer” for nothing.


45 posted on 07/14/2013 7:35:28 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: jazzlite

if i was on that jury my first words would hv been... NO we will not vote with emotions as the prosecution has requested. we will vote on rule of law.
the audacity of them to even ask.
btw the note taker jurist probably took item by item and showed the ever changing story line.


46 posted on 07/14/2013 7:35:54 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Kaslin

I make a habit of not following “Crime Stories” in the media, but this is the best article I’ve read on this case. The author deserves a lot of credit for his excellent writing.


47 posted on 07/14/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been offically denied)
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To: no-to-illegals

“Six brave ladies did the right thing”

Maybe some here will re-consider some of the unkind things written about women jurors.
For that matter, women generally.


48 posted on 07/14/2013 7:42:16 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice
Amen ... All Americans should be celebrating but no all will. Those not celebrating have lost their way. Yes, FRiends, Six Brave Ladies Stood Up and Said ... ENOUGH!
49 posted on 07/14/2013 7:46:50 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Donnafrflorida

You would have been a great juror.


50 posted on 07/14/2013 8:00:14 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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