News media bias in the case of
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

The case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was a clear example of biased news reporting for the sake of sensationalism and higher ratings.  This page is a spin-off product from the Media Bias page and the page about specific examples of bias.



Update:
Florida university to award Trayvon Martin a posthumous honorary degree.  At its commencement ceremony on May 13, Florida Memorial University will present a posthumous honorary degree to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager killed by George Zimmerman five years ago.  The private university announced Wednesday [5/3/2017] that Martin's parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will accept a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical science with a concentration in flight education on behalf of their son.

Travyon Martin will receive posthumous degree in Florida.  A university will award Trayvon Martin a posthumous Bachelor of Science Degree in aviation five years after the black teenager was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in central Florida.

Driver who shot at George Zimmerman's vehicle convicted of attempted murder.  Jurors also found Matthew Apperson, 37, guilty of shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm, local news organizations reported.

12 Fake News Stories from the Mainstream Media.  [For example,] George Zimmerman's edited 911 call:  The media was very interested in keeping the George Zimmerman — Trayvon Martin story hot, fresh, and outrageous, eagerly stirring a bubbling pot of racial paranoia for political and ratings reasons.  A great deal of the early reporting about the Trayvon Martin shooting could be classified as "fake news."  Who can forget the widely circulated images of Martin as a baby-faced child, even though reporters knew that wasn't what he looked like at the time of his death?  The nadir of fake news in the Zimmerman-Martin story was reached when NBC News deliberately, maliciously edited a recording of the call Zimmerman placed to 911 on the night of the February 2012 shooting, to make it sound as if Zimmerman was obsessed with Martin's race.  NBC reporters even tried to convince viewers Zimmerman used a racial epthet.

Lies have consequences.  Trayvon Martin wasn't some innocent little lamb minding his own business who was shot dead for no other reason than he was black.  But you guys in the Enslaved Press peddled those lies nonetheless.  You even went so far as to call the shooter a "White Hispanic" in order to perpetrate the fiction that whites were indiscriminately shooting black "children" for no reason.  NBC, your own network, doctored the 911 tape to make it sound like George Zimmerman called the police because Martin was black.  You idiots in the Enslaved Press used an old photograph of Trayvon Martin from when he was a little boy, rather than a more current photo of him to further push the lie.  From the White House, Barack Obama continued to push the false narrative that Trayvon Martin was an innocent victim of "gun violence" killed only because of the color of his skin.

Zimmerman Case Aftermath Continues.  How much does it cost taxpayers to prosecute the transparently innocent?  Tens of millions.  How much does it cost after the predictable trial loss to defend against the unethical conduct within the case?  You are about to find out.

George Zimmerman: Obama Stinks.  It was bad enough that George Zimmerman was attacked, his head beaten into the pavement by a man who was bigger than him, which forced him to kill his attacker to defend his own life.  Then he became the target of an unending propaganda campaign by a race-obsessed media, aided and abetted by the President of the United States himself.  But Zimmerman's not taking this one lying down.

Never Before Outlined Details Of False Racially Constructed Case Against George Zimmerman.  [Scroll down]  Part of that prior outline highlighted three law enforcement officials who were trying to get George Zimmerman arrested despite the investigative evidence that showed Zimmerman was acting in self defense.  Those people Serino cited were Sargent Arthur Barnes and officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins.  However, previously unknown was how racially motivated their efforts were. [...] Sgt. Barnes and officer Perkins are black; Villalona is married to an African-American man.  All three "Law Enforcement Officers" were working behind the scenes, on behalf of the black Sanford community, the Black Grievance Industry and the local NAACP, to insure that Zimmerman was arrested.  Sgt. Barnes was in frequent and continuous contact with Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, giving him information about what was going on.  In turn, Tracy would then relay this information to attorney's Benjamin Crump, Daryl Parks and Natalie Jackson.

President Obama Honors Third Anniversary Of Notorious Burglar, Thief and Knock-Out Participant's Death.  [Scroll down]  It was that M-DSPD internal affairs investigation which revealed in October 2011 Trayvon Martin was searched by School Resource Officer, Darryl Dunn.  The search of Trayvon Martin's backpack turned up at least 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a man's watch, in addition to a flat head screwdriver described as "a burglary tool".  When Trayvon was questioned about who owned the jewelry and where it came from, he claimed he was just holding it for a "friend".  A "friend" he would not name.

The Liberal Circus.  [Scroll down]  The Trayvon Martin controversy descends from the purportedly preteen of released photos who was shot down in cold blood by a white vigilante into doctored NBC tapes, airbrushed photos, the New York Times' invented rubric "white Hispanic," the president weighing in on Trayvon's shared racial appearance, girlfriend Rachel Jeantel's explanation of Trayvon's violence as a sort of homophobic act of [violence] [...]

DOJ Set to Announce No Charges Against George Zimmerman.  While the public waits for a Justice Department announcement over two separate investigations spurred by the summer shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the department announced today [2/24/2015] it is closing its investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

ABC (above) says the announcement was made on the 24th.  CBS says it was Monday the 23rd.
No federal civil rights charges expected in Trayvon Martin case.  Three years after teen Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., setting off a national debate on race and gun laws, the Department of Justice announced Monday [2/23/2015] it had concluded that there is not enough evidence to bring civil rights charges in the case.  Attorney General Eric Holder called the case "a devastating tragedy," in a press release.

Justice Dept. Won't Charge George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Killing.  The Justice Department on Tuesday [2/24/2015] closed its investigation into the shooting death three years ago of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager in a hoodie who became a symbol of racial profiling and expansive self-defense laws, without filing hate-crime charges against the gunman George Zimmerman.

Overview of the Zimmerman case:  When you are constructing a ruse — based on faulty and imperfect details — control becomes the primary factor.  Everything must be controlled.  In 2012 anything not specifically controlled by those who are shaping events is considered a "risk".  That "risk" is why a Grand Jury was never used in the Zimmerman case.  The facts and the grand jury were a risk because they specifically ran counter to the claims being advanced.  That's also why you never saw the results of the FBI investigation into the Zimmerman case — because that investigation showed there was ZERO substance to the claims being made.  It would be entirely possible to write a book on all of the legal and political maneuvers made in 2012, 2013 just to avoid the facts of the Zimmerman case reaching sunlight.

Trayvon 2.0 Redux — Comparing Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin Similarities.  While the two shooting events are separated by two and a half years, Trayvon (Feb 2012) Mike Brown (Aug 2014) the similarities are quite remarkable.  One of the key aspects that aligns both narratives is the appearance of the attorney for both families Benjamin Crump.  The second key aspect is the way the media portray both events.

Progressives and Blacks.  Sometimes I wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white progressives and their black handmaidens.  After CNN's Piers Morgan's interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said:  "Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated.  She's a smart cookie."  That's a remarkable conclusion.  Here's a 19-year-old young lady, still in high school, who cannot read cursive and appears to be barely literate.  Morgan may have meant Jeantel is smart — for a black person.

Now The Brutal Bias From The Orlando Sentinel In The Zimmerman Case Makes Sense.  [Scroll down]  At the time I was directed to contact Rene Stutzman by author Jack Cashill who was privy to the back story we were discovering.  It was around the time we discovered Trayvon Martin had been expelled — not suspended — from Krop Senior High School, which came as a consequence of having his police engagements diverted to alternate discipline methods.  The trail of provable evidence from inside the Miami-Dade School Police Department was not a matter of opinion, it was fact.

ABC Still Corrupting Zimmerman case.  In a perverse bit of post-trial agitprop, ABC News somehow recruited the one woman of color on George Zimmerman's "all white" jury and twisted her words to reflect the presumed editorial position of ABC News.

Did Zimmerman juror really apologize for verdict or was interview deceptively edited?  [Scroll down]  The Department of Justice seized the gun used during his fight with Tayvon Martin, despite the "not guilty" verdict.  Many citizens felt that act violated Zimmerman's civil rights.

MSNBC Is Now Rev. Al Sharpton's Personal Fiefdom.  It was just another day at the office when Sharpton held a rabble-rousing rally for Trayvon Martin in the afternoon and then covered it on his show hours later.  But Saturday's rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington was the most dramatic conflict of interest yet.  Sharpton organized the rally (with Martin Luther King III), and MSNBC aired huge chunks of it live, including all 20 minutes of Sharpton's screaming keynote speech.

ABC News Accused of Dishonestly Editing Zimmerman Juror to Take 'Got Away With Murder' Out of Context.  According to all reports, Juror B29, the sole nonwhite juror on the George Zimmerman trial, said the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder.  But Slate's William Saletan says not so fast, and accused the network on Friday of deceptive editing and manipulation to get the answers they wanted.  According to Saletan, the juror — identified only by her first name, Maddy — has "been framed as the woman who was bullied out of voting to convict Zimmerman."  But, he said, that's simply not true.  Saletan said she stands by the not guilty verdict.

WaPo Buries Lede On Zimmerman Juror: She Called Trial A 'Publicity Stunt'.  The headline of the July 25 piece blares what the left-wing commentators have been screaming for days:  "Zimmerman got away with murder."  It's juicy.  It's eye-catching, but it paints a two-dimensional portrait of how the juror, who calls herself Maddy, feels about the case.  In fact, Maddy, a mother of eight of Puerto Rican heritage — bursting once and for all the "all-white jury" meme in the liberal media — said in a televised interview that she thought the trial was a "publicity stunt," and probably shouldn't have been convened the first place.

The Media Fail to Start a Race War.  You have to wonder:  Do the mainstream media really want blacks in this country to riot because a jury of his peers found George Zimmerman "not guilty" of the charges against him?  That's certainly the impression I get from the coverage of the trial and its aftermath.

Channeling King Henry II.  A properly instructed jury found Zimmerman not guilty of the charges he faced.  National headlines should have ended at this point. [... But] Cable news channels continue to play and replay events from the trial.  Some have gone to great lengths to portray the 17-year old Martin as angelic and above reproach.

How TV news failed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and American people.  In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn't get from much of the national broadcast media:  fairness.  In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn't believe the lack of balance in coverage.

The Editor says...
I wonder how the writer "couldn't believe the lack of balance" since the imbalance has been especially blatant over the last 20 years.

Defending American Principles Is Now a Revolutionary Act.  The [George Zimmerman] case was a joke, but you wouldn't know that if you only listened to the mainstream media.  The media's rank speculation, mischaracterization of the evidence and outright lies were designed to replace the strict adherence to law and the rules of evidence that for a thousand years have protected the accused from the mindless fury of the mob.

The Rev. Sharpton's already flagging posse.  Instead of inspiring more hatred, Rachel inspired pity.  Rather than the handful of viewers who watch CNN thinking of her as an ignorant bigot, a flaming liar, or worse, folk saw her for what she really was — CNN exploited.

Legal Experts: Zimmerman Suit Could Cost NBC 'Millions'.  If you look at this timeline that lists the objectively terrible media behavior in the early days of the Zimmerman case last year, you will see how crucial NBC's fraudulent editing of a 911 call was in setting a media and political narrative that falsely claimed George Zimmerman is racist.

Zimmerman lawyer to move 'asap' against NBC News.  Last night's not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police.  Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler.

More lies from the main stream media about the Zimmerman case.  The claim that Zimmerman was at fault because he pursued Martin after being told not to has absolutely no basis in fact.  It is a made up assumption that has been repeated so many times by the media that people actually believe that is what happened.  The 911 call that was placed by Zimmerman is on the web in both audio and written transcript form.  It was played numerous times at the trial.  There is no excuse for continuing to lie about the evidence.  The Chicago Tribune should know better than to continue to perpetuate lies that have fueled so much anger over this case.

The Spectacle of Al Sharpton.  MSNBC's reaction to the Zimmerman verdict was an editorial vomit.  The network chose Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry to be among its commentators.  Both predictably injected race into the discussion.  It's the only card in either one's deck.  Al Sharpton's presence as a commentator is particularly galling.  Sharpton operates as part shakedown artist, part con man, and part Hizballah-lite through his National Action Network.  He was no bystander in the Martin case.  He was among the first to turn the tragedy into a phony referendum on race relations.

Media's High-Tech Lynching Of George Zimmerman.
  •   ABC News originally claiming Zimmerman had no visible signs of injury based on a fuzzy video that later, when enhanced, clearly showed wounds to his head.
  •   CNN isolating part of a 911 call and speculating Zimmerman could be heard in the background calling Martin a racial slur, when in fact he did no such thing.
  •   Networks broadcasting photos of Martin as a pre-teen, ignoring the social-media photos of the 17-year-old smoking, shooting the middle finger and glowering at the camera with gold teeth.
Major media also ignored Martin's criminal history.  At the time of the shooting, he was visiting Zimmerman's townhouse complex in Sanford, Fla., from Miami, where he'd been suspended from school after officials found burglary tools and allegedly stolen jewelry in his backpack.  Previously, police had detained him for pot, firearms and defacing school property.  He'd also allegedly been involved in various assaults.

Jack Cashill's If I Had a Son.  The definitive account of the conspiracy to send George Zimmerman to prison for the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin is reaching bookstores today.  Jack Cashill's If I had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman is a must-read for anyone interested in race, justice and the corruption of the American mass media. [...] There are villains aplenty, and Cashill not only names names, he documents and explains the outrages that were perpetrated on a gullible public.

Zimmerman case hurt media's image.  A Pew Research poll this month revealed that less than a third of Americans believe journalists contribute "a lot" to societal well-being.  That's more in a continuing stream of bad news for the media.  Unfortunately, the press has done little to improve that image with its coverage of Trayvon Martin's death.  Instead, reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it [...]

Were Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman connected to al Qaeda?  Why is anybody in the media focusing on such absolute nonsense?  From Jody Arias to the Martin-Zimmerman trial, the American media has focused on complete and utter drivel while world financial systems are collapsing and Middle Eastern governments are exploding into flames.  Media scavengers may desperately need ratings, but that does not excuse the American people from investing their energy in two men who should not be known to anybody outside of their immediate families.

Al Sharpton: 'Some People Exploiting Differences Between Us for Their Own Advantage'.  Reverend Al Sharpton, known for racially divisive rhetoric as an activist, political candidate, and talk show host, accused conservatives Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly — who he termed "the unholy triumvirate of right-wing reaction" — of "exploiting differences between us for their own advantage" following the George Zimmerman verdict.


        "Accuse others of what you do."
- Karl Marx            

This is an original compilation, Copyright 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

And the Oscar Goes to... Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin!  Through their nakedly deceptive public speaking tours, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of Trayvon Martin, are all but ensuring that a high percentage of American black males will continue to end up in the cradle-to-prison pipeline.  By glorifying their son's lifestyle, they push young wayward blacks away from the truth and into further trouble.

How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America.  The Trayvon Martin case is one of the most visible examples of the Obama administration's deliberate poisoning of race relations; all in coordination with the NAACP, the racial grievance industry and the corrupt leftist media.  We now know that the administration had direct involvement in fanning the flames of racial discord that brought the case to the national stage.

Leading From Behind Al Sharpton.  Black leaders demanded Obama come out of hiding and stand in solidarity with the aggrieved and outraged.  Belatedly and meekly, Obama complied.  "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," said Obama.  But which Trayvon?  The one walking home with Skittles and tea?  Or the one who sucker-punched Zimmerman, decked him, piled on, pummeled him martial arts style, hammered his head on the sidewalk, ignored his screams for help and got shot by the guy he was assaulting?

Black caucus member: Blacks worth less than whites in America.  A member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said Monday night that the Trayvon Martin trial is the latest evidence that America does not value the lives of blacks and whites equally.

The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment.  Today's black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and '60s.  The Zimmerman verdict lets us see this and feel a little embarrassed for them.  Consider the pathos of a leadership that once transformed the nation now lusting for the conviction of the contrite and mortified George Zimmerman, as if a stint in prison for him would somehow assure more peace and security for black teenagers everywhere.  This, despite the fact that nearly one black teenager a day is shot dead on the South Side of Chicago — to name only one city — by another black teenager.

Video Proof: Media Fall For Hoax Racism At Pro-Zimmerman Rally.  Sunday's "Justice-For-Trayvon" march held by the New Black Panther Party was attended by a woman holding a sign reading:  "Racist and Proud."  Several media outlets incorrectly identified the woman as a "George Zimmerman supporter," and the story took off, providing the left with supposed evidence of racism among those who believe Zimmerman was not guilty.  However, an interview with Breitbart News at the Houston rally itself proved that she was an anti-Zimmerman demonstrator attempting to use sarcasm to prove her point.

It's 'Al' to the chief.  Is Al Sharpton president of the United States?  Or just attorney general?  I ask because it's not clear where the rabble-rousing rev's agenda ends and White House policy begins.  These days, they are one and the same. [...] Obama's headline-grabbing statement that "Trayvon Martin could have been me" and his attempt to justify black anger were straight out of Sharpton's playbook.

Trayvon Rallies Feature the Usual Suspects.  My sense is that the "Justice for Trayvon" rallies that were held in various cities today didn't amount to much.  One basic question is, did they even have much to do with Trayvon Martin? [...] This is exactly the same stupidity we have seen over and over from the left.  Boycott oranges!  Why?  They grow in Florida!  Boycott Coca-Cola!  Why?  Because they buy oranges! [...] Looking on the bright side, I doubt that a single orange, can of Coke, pair of shoes or box of Dixie cups will be forgone because of today's agitation.

'Justice for Trayvon' Protests Draw Small Crowds; Nation Moves On.  Nationwide rallies against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin drew small crowds, a sign that Americans had largely accepted the verdict and that race relations are not nearly as frayed as Al Sharpton's National Action Network had sought to indicate.  The flagship rally in New York only drew a crowd of "hundreds," while a rally in Newport News, Virginia struggled to draw two dozen.

The Obama Administration's Race-Baiting Campaign.  The first thing to remember is that, with the Obama administration, there are no coincidences.  The attorney general of the United States is engaged in a shocking extrajudicial publicity campaign.  Eric Holder is prosecuting George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion because he knows he wouldn't have a prayer of convicting him in a court of law.

Obama goes full race-baiter.  I'd like to hear from some representatives of the Hispanic community.  How do they feel about President Obama driving a wedge deeper and deeper between blacks and Hispanics?  Is he just arrogant enough to think that the Democrats can count on their votes in 2016, no matter what?  Is he right?  Why is it okay to make a Hispanic guy an Enemy of the State for defending his own life against an attacker?

I am not Trayvon Martin.  Not just because if confronted by a local Latino homeowner, I'm not likely to pick up a fight with him and beat him until he shoots me.  I am also not Trayvon Martin because if I were shot and killed by any person, regardless of race, color or creed, you would never hear Obama talking about it because I look nothing like his son.  Lacking the Black Privilege that turns a death into an opportunity for race baiting, I would just be another statistic.

Sharpton praises Obama remarks ahead of Trayvon protests.  The Rev. Al Sharpton Friday called President Obama's surprise remarks on the Trayvon Martin murder and its impact on American blacks "significant and much needed," saying they helped prepare the ground for protests Mr. Sharpton is helping to organize around the country this weekend.  "I think he has set a tone for both direct action and needed dialogue," Mr. Sharpton said in a statement after the president's very personal remarks about how he reacted to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Florida trial last week.

'Stand Your Ground' Against the Left.  This administration has a disturbing propensity for manipulating tragedy and doing all in its power to jab sharp objects into open wounds.  To Holder and the president, the isolated events involving Trayvon Martin, which have not been publicly replicated anywhere else in America on any regular or reported basis, serve as yet another excuse to launch sweeping radical attacks on the rights of all Americans.  They loathe the ability of citizens to protect themselves against the left's predators, whether social or political.

Zimmerman Verdict Not The Big Race Event Media Claim.  Only about a quarter of the public closely followed the Zimmerman trial, yet the media treat it as the event of the century.  They, like their professional agitator cohorts, thrive on racial animosity.

The 4 Most Unhinged Responses to the Zimmerman Verdict.  The recent George Zimmerman acquittal drew predictable responses from the race-obsessed left:  death threats directed at Zimmerman, his family and the jurors; protests with signs provided by and promoting Communist organizations; violence and vandalism; and of course community organizing by race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson.  But it also brought forth a few particularly irrational reactions.

Here's another reason to get rid of the UN:
Jesse Jackson Urges U.N. Human Rights Council to Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting.  The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition, wants the United Nations' human rights watchdog brought into the debate over the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  Various parts of the U.N. human rights system have in the past weighed in on the Feb. 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old, criticizing Florida's "stand your ground" law and, in one case, calling for "reparation for the victims."

America, Forever Racist?  How did this story merit consideration as national news?  Why was the death of Trayvon Martin a thousand times more newsworthy than any other person shot on an American street?  Answer:  because Al Sharpton and other race-hustlers wanted it that way.

Now Obama and Holder are stuck.  African-American leaders such as Roslyn M. Brock, Chair of the NAACP, have begun to urge the prosecution of Zimmerman under the [federal hate crime] statute.  But Obama and Holder are caught on the horns of a dilemma.  If they prosecute Zimmerman, the trial will make crystal clear that he is a racially tolerant man while Trayvon Martin was a bigot.  This is not a good outcome for their racialist politics.

NBC's Sharpton Plans Protests In 100 Cities.  During MSNBC's 11 am hour, above a chyron that read, "More Marches, Protests Planned in Coming Days, Weeks," MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton said that he and his National Action Network are "mobilizing" protests in 100 cities.  Sharpton made clear that the protests were meant to pressure the Justice Department into taking legal action against George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Attorney Crump Denies Connection To Astroturf 'Dream Defenders'.  Trayvon Martin's family's attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks appear to have connections to an Astroturf activist group that led protests, marches and other civil disobedience that forced the removal of Sanford, Florida's police chief, the arrest of George Zimmerman and even led chants calling for nationwide protests after the "not guilty" verdict was announced in criminal case.

Zimmerman's lawyers: He might seek "compensation" from the prosecution.  The feds are pretending that they might prosecute Zimmerman for violating Martin's civil rights, but they won't.  They probably can't win and the combination of racial tensions and perceptions of double jeopardy (which is what a federal prosecution would smell like, even though it's technically not DJ) makes the whole thing too politically risky for O.

Ann Coulter slams media 'Mississippi Burning' narrative after Zimmerman verdict.  "[I] tweeted out 'hallelujah,' because this was a media-led mob, and an innocent man almost went to prison for 30 years because of, well, Al Sharpton stirring up hatred and creating a narrative for which there was never any evidence and after this long trial there is still never any evidence," Coulter said.  "What George Zimmerman said happened — the evidence only supported that.  There is certainly no evidence that he stalked someone, that he tracked them down and picked him out either because he was black or because he was wearing a hoodie."

Why Sharpton is Actually Delighted by Zimmerman's Acquittal.  The reason I believe this to be so is because an acquittal puts Sharpton in his element.  An acquittal gives Sharpton an opportunity to be the center of the media spotlight to tell the world that America is still a racist country.

The Zimmerman Verdict is Still a Win for the Race-Baiting Left.  Yes locking up Zimmerman would have been a nice prize, but Zimmerman, the beleaguered White-Hispanic Obama supporter, was just the means, not the end.  The end was to make the case that the justice system is racist and needs more control and supervision by Fed.gov.  And that mission has been accomplished.  Zimmerman's acquittal, if anything, aids it.

Why is Joshua Chellew less important than Trayvon Martin?  [Scroll down]  Courtesy of Top Conservative News, which notes:  ["]If the races had been reversed, this would be the biggest news story in the United States.  It would have knocked the Zimmerman trial out of the news.["]  Yep.  Or, if Chellew had been able to defend himself against one or all of them, he'd be the new George Zimmerman.  We'd be seeing baby pictures of his attackers.  Al Sharpton would be marching.

Zimmerman Trial is this Year's Duke Lacrosse Case.  It's becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case — until Al Sharpton got involved.

The Role of the Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/10/2013] that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.

Trayvongate: Newest Obama Scandal is 17 Months Old.  Welcome to Trayvongate, where the President of the United States used both the bully pulpit, the Department of Justice and sly media manipulation to gin up charges of racism in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting.

Department of Justice reportedly organized pro-Trayvon Martin protests.  According to documents released earlier today by the anti-corruption, conservative organization Judicial Watch, a little-known division of the Justice Department sent agents to the central Florida port city of Sanford in order to deal with community relations after Trayon Martin's fatal shooting last year.  "Records obtained by Judicial Watch in response to local, state and federal public records requests show that the so-called peacekeepers are part of a large and growing division within DOJ called the Community Relations Service (CRS)," the group reported.

Docs: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests.  A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.  The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Newly Released Documents Detail the Department of Justice's Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin protests.  Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that the Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.  Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012.  According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.

Taxpayers Helped Sharpton Stir Anti-Zimmerman Anger.  The Obama administration spent thousands of federal dollars to help the Rev. Al Sharpton pressure the state of Florida to railroad George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting case.  The Justice Department not only met with Martin's parents and the notorious racial arsonist Sharpton, as we reported earlier this week.  It even helped them organize rallies against Zimmerman, who trial evidence shows shot Martin in self-defense.

President Obama vs. George Zimmerman: America Loses.  As the Zimmerman prosecution falls apart, the country faces the threat of race riots.  A case that lacked any evidence of malicious murder was wrongfully brought to court under political pressure.  And our president, who instigated this mess, is floating above it all, having moved on to other things.  Will Obama speak out to avert the racial violence he set in motion?  Unless he sees some political advantage, the answer is no.

Zimmerman's Pointless Trial.  George Zimmerman will be found not guilty if his attorney connects the dots in his closing argument and the jury is fair.  Then the professional race-baiters can go to work spreading disharmony.  The trial concerns whether Hispanic (Peruvian) Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, whom we are constantly reminded happens to be Black.

Sharpton, Martin Attorney Question Zimmerman Jury Selection: Can Mostly-White Panel Give 'Equal Justice?'  Following jury selection in the George Zimmerman murder trial, which features almost all white jurors for a racially-charged case, MSNBC host Al Sharpton asked Benjamin Crump, the attorney of Trayvon Martin's family, whether the trial would be fair.

The Editor says...
Black "community leaders" have been trying to achieve "equality" for at least 75 years, but now they appear to say that a black man can't be given a fair trial without a black jury.  This appears to be a claim of black supremacy, because a mostly-white jury isn't good enough.

Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit 'Irresponsible And Unethical'.  Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBC's Hardball where fill-in host Michel Smerconish asked him his opinions of the arrest warrant issued and carried out for alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George Zimmerman.  Dershowitz called the affidavit justifying Zimmerman's arrest "not only thin, it's irresponsible."  He went on to criticize the decision to charge Zimmerman for second degree murder by special prosecutor Angela Corey as being politically motivated.

The Trayvon Martin Case and the Growing Racial Divide.  The problem with the race establishment is not its acrimony per se, but (a) that the acrimony is frozen in amber around 1960, with no acknowledgment of some 50 years of federal action and three new generations of Americans, and (b) the inordinate time invested in blaming "them" rather than spent on introspection on how to achieve parity with a majority culture in the manner of other minorities' successes.  Or at least that is how I perceive the growing anger at the Sharpton/Jackson/Black Caucus nexus.

Rev. Al Sharpton: The Race Hustler as Kingmaker.  Imagine if David Duke were now a Republican Party kingmaker, and Mitt Romney and other presumptive candidates had to go to his organization's events, seek his endorsement, and stand by his side — just as he was presiding over rallies seeking mainstream support for George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's shooter.  Yes, everyone knew Duke was once a Ku Klux Klan leader and had only slightly cleaned up his racist act, but now he came on as a non-partisan fighter for justice on behalf of aggrieved white males, and when he spoke, wore pinstripe suits, especially when presiding over his own TV talk show.  If that scenario existed, every news anchor and reporter, and every single Democrat and liberal, would blast the Republicans non-stop.

Charge against Zimmerman reeks of unprofessionalism.  Over the last several weeks, the shooting of Trayvon Martin has been front and center in the mainstream media and on talk shows, both conservative and liberal.  The focus of the coverage has been on the supposed racial divide — fueled in part by the involvement of the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers and other "experts" like former heavyweight champion and convicted felon Mike Tyson. [...] Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the media frenzy over the incident has been incredibly disingenuous.

Black Activist to Trayvon's Parents: 'Get Off the Stage' and Let Us Politicize His Death.  A well-known, mainstream media-vetted college professor named Dr. Boyce Watkins states that it's time for Trayvon Martin's parents to "step to the side," out of an apparent fear that "being honest" could negatively affect the race-baiting political agenda that Obama allies like Al Sharpton have carefully crafted.

Eric Holder Praises Left-Wing Activist Al Sharpton.  Attorney General Eric Holder praised left-wing activist Rev. Al Sharpton at the opening of the National Action Network (NAN) convention on Wednesday [4/11/2012], and also stressed that the Justice Department is conducting a thorough investigation of the fatal Trayvon Martin shooting that "will examine the facts and the law."  Sharpton, president of NAN and host of MSNBC's Politics Nation, has led several rallies demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, who reportedly shot Martin on Feb. 26.  On Mar. 30 in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting occurred, Sharpton pledged that his group would "move to the next level if Zimmerman isn't arrested."

Sharpton Calling for Civil Disobedience.  Contrary to the polite and peaceful demonstration the NAACP had planned, if local law enforcement doesn't obey the commands of the mob and immediately arrest George Zimmerman, Sharpton has upped the ante to include "civil disobedience."  Full-time racial agitator, part-time preacher of the Gospel Al Sharpton calls his plan "mov[ing] it to the next level" and, trust me, he's not talking about his hairdo.

Manipulating Death: The Nation's Grievance Industry.  It was no surprise that the racial opportunists soon mobilized and descended on Florida, raising the stakes of the game.  The dead teenager and his family became pawns in the agendas of Al Sharpton, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, and the Congressional Black Caucus, among others.  George Zimmerman may soon find himself explaining his actions in court, but Zimmerman is small potatoes to the activists.  Beyond Zimmerman's hide, the larger aim is to indict America for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Dem Reps Sponsor Resolution Blaming 'Racial Bias' For Trayvon Shooting.  There is little to no evidence that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because Martin was black.  But that hasn't stopped members of the Congressional Black Caucus from sponsoring a resolution linking Martin to gun control and lamenting supposed racial profiling of the teenager.

Those Inciting Violence Over Martin Tragedy Must be Prosecuted.  The recent tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin understandably stirred up great debate over self-defense laws, citizen patrols, gun rights, and racial profiling.  But despite the fact that the actual details of the case are still in dispute, several celebrities have called for a vigilante response.  The question here is whether the right of Free Speech would protect these actions.  The answer is, according to the US Supreme Court in the seminal case Brandenburg v. Ohio, Free Speech rights do not protect persons from words bringing harm to others.

Wearing A Hoodie Doesn't Make You Hoodlum, But Wearing One On The House Floor Makes You A Disgrace.  "Just because one wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum," Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) declared as he donned a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor — at which point the session's chair called the sergeant-at-arms to enforce the House rule on decorum.  In a theatrical stunt to comment on the controversy surrounding the shooting of hooded Trayvon Martin, Rep. Rush pulled a hoodie over his head and went on a rant.

Bobby Rush: 'Lynched' on the House Floor by Mississippi Republican?.  When Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor as a stunt to publicize his opposition to the handling of Trayvon Martin's death in Florida, McClatchy News Service cooed, "For the 65-year-old former 1960s Black Panther Party activist, an act of civil disobedience never felt so good."  But Washington Post columnist Lisa Miller inflated the stunt way beyond its significance — comparing it to lynching — with a white Republican congressman from Mississippi, Rep. Gregg Harper, as the alleged metaphorical hangman for pounding the gavel and calling Rep. Rush out of order.

Al Sharpton Declares Civil Disobedience Will Escalate if Zimmerman Remains Free.  In an interview with Orlando Sentinel reporter Arelis Hernández this morning, the Rev. Al Sharpton warned that an escalation in civil disobedience and economic sanctions would be imminent unless Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was apprehended immediately.  "I will speak about how the National Action Network will move to the next level if Zimmerman isn't arrested," Sharpton told Hernández, adding that he will "elaborate on this plan Saturday" when thousands are expected to demonstrate.

Obama Campaign: Republicans "Politicizing" Trayvon Martin's Death.  This is what's called "projection".

The Editor says...
It's the old Karl Marx strategy:  "Accuse others of what you do."  And if all you need is a five-second sound bite, it works.

Race Relations Are Much Worse Under Obama.  If you're a white person who voted for Barack Obama believing that his election would usher in a post-racial era in America, you must be very disappointed.  Race relations have in fact never been more volatile and the nation is now sitting on a time bomb as we draw closer to another election.  Whose fault is it?  Race-baiting demagogues like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are feverishly trying to exploit the recent killing of a young black man in Florida for their own selfish agenda to boost their fading relevance.  Typically they have jumped to conclusions before all the actual facts have been uncovered.

Mob Rule Trumps Rule Of Law In Trayvon Martin Killing.  A Democratic ex-Black Panther congressman is escorted off the House floor for disrespecting the institution by wearing a hoodie.  Dividing Americans is no way to react to violence.

What if Your Son Doesn't Look Like President Obama?  On several occasions during the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has said some unhelpful things.

Jesse: Trayvon Proves 'Blacks Are Under Attack'.  No matter whether [George] Zimmerman is charged or convicted, a tragedy occurred.  But is Jesse Jackson right, that the death of Trayvon Martin suggests "blacks are under attack," presumably by racist non-blacks?  True, black men, especially young ones, stand a much greater chance of being murdered than white males.  But almost all murders involve a victim and a killer of the same race.

Obama's Big Trayvon Lie.  This absurd "we're all guilty" mentality is just another way for liberals to escape the bottom line conclusion:  individuals, not societies, are responsible for the acts they undertake. ... The left doesn't care about George Zimmerman.  They care about everybody who opposes President Obama and the liberal agenda — which is why Obama inserted himself into this story in the first place.

Ex-NAACP big rips Al & Jesse for handling of Trayvon Martin shooting.  The furor over the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin is being "exploited" by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to "racially divide the country," a civil-rights leader charged yesterday [3/26/2012].  Martin's "family should be outraged at the fact that they're using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions," the Rev. C.L. Bryant, a former NAACP leader, said of the 17-year-old hoodie-wearing black youth who was shot dead by a mixed white-Latino neighborhood-watch volunteer.

Oh, incidentally...
Registered Dem Killed Trayvon.  The individual at the center of the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting is a registered Democrat.

Shades of Sharpton.  We seem to be in the "sentence first, verdict afterwards" phase of the Trayvon Martin affair.  Speaking outside of his New York City headquarters, Al Sharpton said that it is important to show "sustained indignation" over Martin's death.  Has that cretin ever beat the drums for a cause that had truth or justice on its side?  If so, I don't remember it, but I suppose there's always a first time.

George Zimmerman's lawyer vows appeal in suit against NBC.  The lawyer in George Zimmerman's defamation suit is vowing to appeal the ruling of a Florida judge who yesterday tossed the litigation from her courtroom.  Judge Debra S. Nelson wrote that Zimmerman "shall take nothing by this suit" even though NBC News in multiple broadcasts had shortened a police call in a way that inaccurately depicted Zimmerman as volunteering racial information about Trayvon Martin on the night of their fatal encounter in February 2012.

George Zimmerman, Media Malpractice, and NBC.  Zimmerman had sued NBC for manipulating the substance of his famous call to a police dispatcher to make him sound like a racist.  In firing two employees and apologizing publicly, NBC all but admitted its guilt.  What saved NBC a major payout was Nelson's ruling that Zimmerman was a "public figure."  According to Nelson, Zimmerman made himself a public figure by "voluntarily injecting his views into the public controversy surrounding race relations and public safety in Sanford."  He did this a year before the shooting.

Judge rules against George Zimmerman in NBC lawsuit.  A judge on Monday [6/30/2014] ruled against George Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit he filed against NBC Universal over edited 911 calls made after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012.  In the ruling, Judge Debra S. Nelson said, "There are no genuine issues of material fact upon which a reasonable jury could find that the Defendants acted with actual malice."

George Zimmerman Lynching Further Unravels.  George Zimmerman has been the subject of the most transparent and vicious media and law enforcement lynchings since the FBI tried to blame hero security guard Richard Jewell for the 1996 Olympics bombing carried out by Eric Robert Rudolph. [...] Despite erroneous media claims, George Zimmerman's next-day account tracked well with both the physical and medical evidence recovered at the scene of the shooting and with the recording of the non-emergency call he made the night before.  An underreported fact of the investigation:  the almost foolishly transparent way Zimmerman cooperated with police, refusing to obtain an attorney until long after he'd completed his interviews and follow-up interviews with the Sanford Police's investigators.

NBC Affiliate Aired Edited Zimmerman 911 Call Days Before Today Show Did.  According to a report from South Florida TV News, the person allegedly responsible for the misleading edit to George Zimmerman's 911 call was a local reporter/producer named Jeff Burnside, and he has been fired by Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ. [...] The report says that a producer at the network level, who failed to check the tape because it came from an affiliate, was also fired.

Report: Correspondent at NBC Affiliate Created Fake Zimmerman Recording.  According to the journalism news site Poynter.org, [Jeff] Burnside did not create any of the altered clips which ran on NBC's television programs.  Instead, he created a clip of his own that aired on the WTVJ programs.  Poynter has spoken with Burnside and confirmed that he has indeed been fired.

Who Is Responsible for NBC's Zimmerman Edit? We Have a Name.  I wrote earlier that there is no way that NBC's Zimmerman edit was an accident or error, as the network claims.  I base my position on nearly 20 years of editing video and audio.  NBC's Zimmerman edit was deliberate, done in a network editing studio at the specifications or orders of a producer who in turn answers up a chain of command that ends with the executive producer of the show that aired it.  That show was the Today show, the highest-rated morning news show on the networks, and one of NBC's prime products.

NBC = New [Baloney] from Capus.  First, a quick recap of what NBC News did to George Zimmerman's 911 call:  Zimmerman answered a police dispatcher's direct question about Trayvon Martin's identifying characteristics, and NBC altered it to make it sound like Zimmerman said Martin was up to no good because he was black.  And we're supposed to believe NBC made an innocent mistake.

NBC's latest editing 'mistake' follows a history of similar mistakes.  NBC announced on Friday [4/6/2012] that the "seasoned" producer who edited sound of the 911 call between George Zimmerman and a 911 dispatcher was fired. [...] Unfortunately, this is not the first time an edit or circumstance like this occurred at one of the NBC networks.

That 'Inadvertent' Editing at NBC.  Why should we believe a network that commits serial transgressions against decent journalism?

Editgate: a one-time thing that NBC News did over and over.  NBC News made that dishonest edit, then claimed it was an innocent mistake and the perpetrator had been fired, but wouldn't say who and wouldn't say how everybody else at NBC News somehow missed it. [...] I knew about the multiple instances of this same "mistake" at NBC Miami, but I didn't realize the Today Show had made the same "mistake" the week before.  If Steve Capus didn't know that, why not?  If he did know that, why is he pretending it only happened once?

MSNBC's Year Of Apologies.  It has been a fateful year for the cable news network MSNBC.  It seems every month, another host — or even the network itself — is forced to apologize for reporting a factual error or overstepping the bounds of responsible commentary.

NBC News and the Death of Truth.  Not only did NBC edit the audio, but also edited Zimmerman's quotes as published on its Internet site, helping to foster the false belief that Zimmerman had singled out Martin because of his race.  Yesterday [4/25/2012], NBC News fired a producer/reporter at its Miami affiliate — the second such reported firing in connection with the deceptive edit [...] This would seem to suggest that NBC News is sacrificing low-level personnel — throwing "fresh meat" to "right-wing bloggers" — in an effort to evade corporate responsibility for an unethical deception that inflamed racial tensions in the Martin case.

Second Firing in False Zimmerman 911 Edit.  There has been a second firing at NBC over the misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call.  A report published yesterday [4/25/2012] afternoon by the Miami Herald identifies reporter/producer Jeff Burnside as the individual responsible for the edits which appeared in an NBC6 news story on March 19th and again on March 20th.

How Many Deceptive NBC Edits Before Steve Capus Is Fired?  Well, we know the answer isn't five.  Though it won't speak the truth of why out loud, even the New York Times admits the NBC News brand is in trouble, and late yesterday Reuters gave us another example as to why:  ["]Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky sought a mistrial before his conviction for child sex abuse on the grounds that prosecutors showed jurors an inaccurate version of a bombshell NBC News interview with the former football coach, and the mistake may now form part of the basis for an appeal.["]

NBC Editgate: Buck Stops With Brian Williams.  In September 2004, shortly before the November presidential elections pitting George W. Bush against John Kerry, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Dan Rather presented a falsified document to the public that purported to show that Bush had gone AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard.  As it turned out, the papers were forgeries.  Rather retired under heavy pressure.  This month, NBC News broadcast a heavily edited tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case.  The tape itself was fully available.  And NBC News, as we've reported, cut the relevant portion of the tape deliberately in order to make Zimmerman look like a racist.

Media malpractice alert: ABC and NBC backtrack on Zimmerman stories.  Coverage of media coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting has now fully separated from the actual events of February 26, 2012, and become a separate story in its own right, as have political attempts to manipulate perceptions of the case.

ABC News Correspondent: Trayvon Shot 'Because He Was Black'.  ABC News has already been caught red-handed attempting to aid and abet Obama's national campaign to community organize America by inflaming racial divisions, and now a series of Tweets from ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman, one of the network's lead reporters on the Trayvon Martin story, gives us a first-hand look at the biases and preconceived notions that have sprung up in ABC's abysmal (and corrupt) reporting from the beginning.

Mother Jones Spanks NBC Over Zimmerman Edit.  When even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has to call NBC out over their outrageous editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call to portray him as racist, you know it's bad.  NBC may try to pass it off as one miscue, or mis-edit, somehow — but many will argue NBC portrayed Zimmerman precisely as they wanted to and they as well as other networks have been doing all along.

The Obama Administration's Dispensable People.  George Zimmerman, the man who claims he shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, is like Mr. Verilli — a disposable person from what should be a media-protected category.  According to prevailing orthodoxies, he is actually more deserving of special status than the average Hispanic; while, oddly, The New York Times seemed to imply that his mixed lineage as a "white Hispanic" renders him less worthy of consideration, since identity is supposed to be everything, is not Zimmerman a living embodiment of the kind of racial diversity the Legacy Media claim to cherish and promote?

Obama fails the race test.  Hearsay, rumors and opinions masquerading as facts dominate the discussion.  Acts of extreme journalistic malpractice, such as NBC's "Today" show running a 911 call tape that was edited to make Mr. Zimmerman's motive appear unquestionably racist, serve to throw gasoline on the fire.  A March 26 CNN poll showed that 73 percent of Americans think Mr. Zimmerman should be arrested, and this trial by media brings to mind John P. Roche's observation that lynch mobs will claim to be highly democratic because there is only one dissenting voice.

NBC News starts probe of edited Zimmerman 911 call.  Amid withering criticism from media watchdog groups, NBC News on Monday [4/2/2012] said it will conduct an internal probe into how and why an audio tape of George Zimmerman's 911 tape was altered to make the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer sound racist.

The Real Price of Obama's Prevarications.  The elite media have indulged Obama for the same reasons they indulged [Muhammad] Ali.  That indulgence allows them to assert their own virtue and revel in their own enlightenment.  Largely controlling the information flow, they continue to produce — fabricate if need be — racial morality plays in which their guy triumphs over some frightful species of right wing troglodyte.  They did it with Ali-Frazier.  They did it with Obama-McCain.  And now, dangerously, they are doing it with Martin-Zimmerman.

Trayvon and Zimmerman: The Structure and Elements of a Disinformation Campaign.  "Trayvon," of course, is Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was killed two months ago in Florida.  "Zimmerman" is George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.  Referring to Martin by his first name and Zimmerman by his last is just one small tactic in the national media campaign to make Martin's death an enduring symbol of white racism.  The Trayvon campaign is accurately described as "disinformation" because deception is a fundamental part of its planning, strategy, and implementation.  Leftist disinformation campaigns are common but not widely understood.  This article is intended to make them easier to recognize, and to provide a framework for additional research and investigation.

Update #21 — Trayvon Martin Shooting — The Media Retreat No Longer Subtle.  For anyone following this story/legal case you know what the local ground players in/around Orlando have been doing.  They have been systematically and methodically distancing themselves from the "George Zimmerman is Racist" narrative.  The retreat is now going mainstream.

NYT Revives 'Zimmerman Is Racist' Meme with Unverifiable Anecdote.  In an otherwise unremarkable and inconclusive New York Times report on the latest released findings in the Trayvon Martin shooting incident, the liberal rag decides to drop an unverified, practically un-sourced bomb on George Zimmerman.

The Crucial Trayvon Martin Evidence the Media Won't Repeat.  Fighters that prefer to take their opponents down to the ground to fight and hope to obtain this dominant mounted position are said to favor a style of fighting called "ground and pound."

Daily Beast Columnist Politely Calls for George Zimmerman's Lynching.  Daily Beast columnist Mansfield Frazier has turned the concept of "justice" upside down, arguing that George Zimmerman should be convicted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin merely to avoid race riots.

Geraldo Rivera: MSNBC Anchors Don't Care About Evidence, Are 'Cheerleading' for Zimmerman Conviction.  Geraldo Rivera on Friday [4/20/2012] accused MSNBC anchors of not caring at all about the evidence concerning the shooting of Trayvon Martin and instead "cheerleading for the conviction of George Zimmerman."

AP, UPI Finally Note NBC's Firing of Producer Over Zimmerman 911 Call Editing.  Breitbart.com has noted that it took about 17 hours before the dam broke, but now the Associated Press and United Press International both have stories on NBC's decision to fire a Miami-based producer over the editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call.

The Tipping Point for the National Media?  The unchanged tape is a thousand miles distant from the mangled one, and NBC has said it is sorry for "an error made in the production process."  But that is evasive mumbo jumbo.  The editing was not a technical issue of production.  It was a substantive issue of content, and the "error" happened to fit a thesis of racist homicide while making the network look like a watchdog hero.  It seems to me to have been error with a purpose.

Altered meaning of Zimmerman's 911 call.  It seems that a version of the 911 tape that we all heard over and over again of George Zimmerman calling the cops to report suspicious behavior by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin just before fatally shooting the boy was like something out of the Nixon White House — edited.

"Seasoned" NBC News producer fired, still anonymousThe New York Times, which hasn't been reporting on NBC News editing George Zimmerman's 911 call to make him sound like a racist, is finally doing so.

NBC News Fires Editgate Producer.  The NBC producer responsible for the misleading edit of the George Zimmerman's 911 call has been fired.  The producer was reportedly fired Thursday, but the firing did not hit the press until this Friday evening [4/6/2012], just before a holiday weekend.  NBC News had no comment on the firing.

Nameless Scapegoat Watch:  WaPo's Erik Wemple wonders why NBC didn't quickly come clean about its so-bad-it-seems-intentional mis-edit of the Zimmerman 911 call.  Why not immediately "go into detail on exactly what had happened and what disciplinary measures would be taken"?  I suspect the answer has something to do with the possibility of a libel suit from Zimmerman.

Now NPR Joins the 911 Call Fantasists.  On this morning's hourly news broadcast, National Public Radio joined those who have distorted key portions of George Zimmerman's 911 call in order to assign him culpability and/or racist motives in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  The distortion in this case was the claim that "Zimmerman pursued Martin after police, responding to Zimmerman's 911 call, told him not to."

NBC News President: Network Should 'Probably' Apologize On-Air for Repeatedly Running Fake Zimmerman Clip.  It's been several weeks since NBC disgraced itself by repeatedly airing doctored audio of George Zimmerman talking to a 9-1-1 dispatcher but the network has yet to apologize on the air, hoping instead that its paltry efforts of firing a lone producer and conducting an investigation into the matter but not releasing a report to the public would be sufficient.

NBC to do 'internal investigation' on Zimmerman segment.  NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the "Today" show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin.  A statement from NBC:  "We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story."  Great news right there.

NBC Deceptively Edits Zimmerman 911 Call; Implies Racist Motive.  In an NBC segment featuring George Zimmerman's 911 call on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Zimmerman is heard saying:  "This guy looks like he's up to no good.  He looks black."  The full version, though, unfolds like this...

Did NBC Air Edited Zimmerman 911 Audio To Incite?  Two days ago, Big Journalism reported on a published report by MSNBC staff and NBC News that contained an irresponsibly edited quote from George Zimmerman's 911 call which misleadingly portrayed him as racist.  It has now emerged that NBC actually aired an edited version of the call which matches the published report.

The Secret Chord.  One Tagalog word for which no exact translation in English exists is "kuryente."  It literally means "electric current," but the word can be applied to the practice of spreading sensational but faked news in order to produce a media jolt.  One newspaper translates "kuryente" as "a bum steer"; others have rendered it as "actually but not really" or "confirmed but not definite."  At any rate, the phrase applies perfectly to the storm of bogus rumors swirling around the Trayvon Martin media feeding frenzy.

MSNBC Hosts a Lynch Mob.  If racism killed Trayvon Martin, why is Al Sharpton a television host?

MSNBC's Touré Has Epic Race-Baiting Meltdown On CNN.  Piers Morgan concluded the interview saying, "I like to think of myself as a professional journalist, Touré.  I think that you are something else."

Reuters Indecisive On Zimmerman's Race.  Numerous media entities have labeled Zimmerman a "white Hispanic" and have thoroughly investigated his heritage and ancestry.  It's important for the media to do that so they can justify personalities like Al Sharpton and groups like the New Black Panthers who are determined to turn this into a white vs black 60s race war election tactic.

Playing the Race Card Again.  "White Hispanic."  That's how the New York Times, Reuters and other media outlets have opted to describe George Zimmerman, a man who would simply be Hispanic if he hadn't shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The term, rarely if ever used before this tragedy, is necessary in telling the Martin story in a more comfortable way.

Why Lots Of People Think The Media Is Wrong About The Trayvon Martin Case.  Increasingly the outrage over the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida is turning into a debate about what really happened. ... The Trayvon Martin story is just a distressing collection of disconnected facts.  The media and social justice activists have told one story with them:  of a murder motivated by racism that was covered up by the cops.  Now people are pushing back on it.

Media Labels Hispanic Man White in Shooting of Black Teen.  On Friday night [3/16/2012], a young African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot to death in Orlando by a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman.  The media immediately portrayed the death as a case of white on black racism.  CBS News, on its Crimesider website, immediately called Zimmerman a "white neighborhood watch volunteer."  Martin's parents accused the police of racism for not arresting Zimmerman.  There's only one problem:  Zimmerman is Hispanic.

Edit-Gate: NBC's Friday Night 'Nameless Producer' Dump.  Like Rathergate, Edit-Gate is a New Media-driven story pushed so hard that the mainstream media can no longer ignore it.  The result has been some action on the part of NBC News, but nowhere near enough.

The Left is Losing the Media Wars.  The leftist media overstructure — the network of committed individuals and institutions that keep the media narrative congruent with the goals of the left — is starting to self-destruct, devouring itself with headstrong recklessness, ego, and inability to understand the strength of conservatives and their ideas.  The left is taking serious casualties in the Zimmerman affair.  Two lefty media operatives lost their jobs, we learned late Friday afternoon [4/6/2012].

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