I was going to write about the Trayvon Martin case when it first broke, but decided to hold off until the facts were released. However, I’m not holding my breath on that front. I’m not going to comment on whether George Zimmerman was attacked first and acted in self-defense. Likewise, I’m not going to go into whether this was a racial shooting. This is a tragic incident where a young man was cut down in his prime, and many people are asking why. Unfortunately, the people asking those questions are the same folks that have stirred up racial tensions in the past. Additionally, the media bias involved is denying closure to this shooting.
Al Sharpton has caused trouble with his participation in a Trayvon rally and then reporting about it on his show on MSNBC. Can you say liberal bias? The New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman’s head, and Spike Lee tweeted the wrong address for Zimmerman’s home to his followers. Does “Do The Right Thing” ring a bell? This is not how facts are collected. Sadly, with all of the hysterics, I don’t think we will ever know what really happened that day when George Zimmerman followed and eventually shot Trayvon Martin.
What is clear is that the usual folks are off to the races in judgement and planning political games. Liberals are the only ones politicizing this tragedy for their own benefit. Joe Biden wants to use this tragedy as a launch pad to have a national dialogue about gun control. However, Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, has said the gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law are not points of contention in this incident. What I fear is that 2012 will be bogged down into another useless, nonsensical lecture about race by the academic elite. However, liberals seem to have a fetishistic agenda in casting George Zimmerman as a racist.
The first instance of the left’s campaign to smear Zimmerman appeared when Reuters labeled him a “white hispanic,” a curious phrase that makes my brain hemorrhage. We still don’t know with all of the hyper emotionality surrounding the shooting, but the liberal media lusts at the notion of making it one. A hispanic man shooting a black man is an incident that doesn’t grab media attention, but a white on black crime gets everyone in a frenzy. Just look at the editing of the the 911 tape which NBC ignominiously edited to make Zimmerman look like a racist.
As Katie Pavlich of Townhall wrote yesterday:
Here’s what NBC aired and claimed Zimmerman said:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good…he looks black.”
Here’s what Zimmerman actually said:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.”
911 Dispacher: “Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”
Then there was the police video which at first showed Zimmerman with no head injuries whatsoever, which prompted Bill Maher to call him a “big fat f**king liar.” However, enhanced video shows that Zimmerman does have head injuries allegedly sustained at the hands of Trayvon Martin. What’s with the editing? Is the liberal media trying to create a false incident to re-energize a core group of the president’s re-election campaign? Regardless of the motivations, the editing and misinformation concerning this tragedy are more nauseating incidents of media bias that mirror the Duke Lacrosse scandal. An interesting development, since that was, as reiterated by George Will, another instance when everyone had their own opinions about a case and everyone turned out to be wrong. Tread carefully, folks.
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