As I somewhat suspected, the circumstances surrounding the Trayvon Martin Scandal have gotten murkier over the past week.
Remember, the media started by saying that Zimmerman was white. It turns out that he was actually Hispanic. They issued a correction. The story then read like this.
The 17-year-old, who is black, was walking to a friend’s home in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., when a neighborhood-watch volunteer*, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, spotted him. Zimmerman, whose father says identifies as Hispanic, called the cops to report a suspicious person. They told him not to follow.Martin was carrying only an ice tea and the Skittles he’d just bought at the store. The two had a struggle that no one saw. Hearing shots, neighbors called 911. In one call that’s hard to listen to, a woman anxiously says she can hear someone calling for help while in the background, a terrified, wailing voice pleads, “No! No!”
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, but he said he did so in self-defense. The shocker of this case so far is that the Sanford police say they don’t have enough evidence to dispute Zimmerman’s claim and arrest him. Martin’s mother told the Today show Monday morning that her son was killed “because of the color of his skin,” and his parents want the FBI to investigate. With these facts, you can see why.
Later we find out that multiple did see the fight, and it seems like even more people are seemingly coming out of the woodwork. Here is what the witness identified as John said.
“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,” he said.Martin was wearing a gray hoodie, while Zimmerman was wearing red.“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point,” John said.
It was also reported that Zimmerman’s injuries were consistent with that report. You would think that would leave well enough alone. Even if Zimmerman is guilty, you can’t prosecute someone if you don’t have evidence. But then the media found the all important tape showing Zimmerman at the police station!
Nevermind the fact that the video clearly conflicts with the earlier narrative was that Zimmerman was never arrested because the racist police didn’t care. The video makes it apparent they didn’t arrest him because he willingly went to the station wearing handcuffs and stayed there until the DA decided there wasn’t enough evidence.
It’s hard to go with the whole racist cops angle when they actually wanted to charge him with homicide, ya know, but most likely in the friendliest and most racist way possible. But back to the video. Here is the headline MSNBC and many others posted (and continue to post) for the video:
No visible injuries on Zimmerman tape
Booyah! No visible injuries on the grainy tape. I mean, why wouldn’t he have injuries? It’s not like paramedics cleaned him up at the scene? Why would the media believe a pesky little thing like that even if it was clearly in the police report.Even worse, someone took twenty seconds on photoshop to actually look at the video, and discovered a little problem with the media’s bold headlines – there actually was a clearly visible injury on the tape.
Woops, so you would think that a full two days after people spent ten seconds doing actual reporting and figuring this out, MSNBC and others would change the headlines?
No, of course not! Why would they change the narrative to promote accuracy? That doesn’t sell soap does it? And *technically* it is true – there aren’t visible injuries on the blurry tape unless you do a little bit of reporting and try to find out the truth. But again, why bother when the truth doesn’t support the story you’re trying to sell?
I don’t want people to take this post the wrong way. I’m not Zimmerman’s lawyer. I’m not convinced that his actions were justified. No one really knows (probably not even Zimmerman himself) what happened that day. Anyone pretending differently is lying to you. But I’m deeply troubled that it seems that fringe sites are the ones doing the actual reporting of facts (local Florida stations have been great), while the mainstream media has consistently been inaccurate and occasionally fraudulent in this story. Lets review what was reported by them:
- Zimmerman reported as white, then turns out he is Hispanic.
- Martin was reported to be much smaller than Zimmerman, but while he weight a reported 140lbs to Zimmermans 200 lbs, he was 6’3 to Zimmerman’s 5’9.
- Trayvon’s picture – which I will only say, if it was used on a match.com profile might be considered a tish outdated. Zimmerman’s mugshot looks great though doesn’t it? He’d get tons of winks.
- Originally said there was no witnesses, when in fact police have multiple witnesses corroborating Zimmerman.
- Said police did not investigate or arrest Zimmerman, which though formally true, they did bring him to the station in handcuffs for questioning.
- They continue to say there is no evidence of injury in the video, even after enhancement proves otherwise.
- Continually quotes that Trayvon’s girlfriend says it is him crying for help, even though Trayvon’s father has disputed this.
Remember, this is from the people whose sole job is to give you information! There’s no way to say they haven’t failed you. None. They’re terrible, dishonest, and pushing their own agenda.
I realize many bleeding heart liberals will read this and think I’m a racist. But I implore you all to look at the people who are selling you a story.
Let’s suppose you have a friend named Tom, and an enemy named Max. One day you and Tom meet for coffee, and Tom tells you all this awful stuff about Max, and how you’re better than Max because Max is irresponsible, he crushes butterflies for no reason, scratches up RedBox movies out of spite, and keeps his great aunt in a dog kennel. You hear all this, and you’re like, “Fuck yeah Tom! Max is the worst! Thanks for telling me, Max is so awful!”
But then later on, you find out that Max uses Netflix, doesn’t have a great aunt, and runs a butterfly conservatory. You confront Tom, who shrugs and says none of that matters because Max is still a really bad guy.
Now this may be true. You’re still perfectly welcome to hate Max. But at this point you also have to hate Tom.
If you want, you’re more than welcome to still support Trayvon. You can push for more investigation if you think that justice requires it. But at this point, you’ve got to start hating the media. Either that, or admit you’re so biased your opinion doesn’t matter.