As the entire world knows, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012. Since that date, our media and our political "leaders" have deluged us with massive amounts of heat, but shamelessly little light. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) poured this not untypical bit of soothing balm on the troubled waters: "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog! He was shot in the street! He was racially profiled!" President Obama exponentially increased our knowledge of the facts by noting that if he had had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon".
Our media, tirelessly employing their investigative skills and reporting 'round the clock without the slightest hint of agenda, induced hundreds of thousands of armchair detectives and attorneys to sign a petition declaring, in their best legal judgment, that George Zimmerman must be immediately arrested.
Media biggie NBC displayed its investigative skills by editing out an important part of the first 911-call audio tape. On the original tape there was no mention of race until the dispatcher asked Zimmerman to specify:
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.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
NBC chose to present the tape edited as follows:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
It was, of course, pure coincidence that the edited version made Zimmerman appear far more race conscious, and negatively so, than anything he had actually said. When confronted with this journalistic outrage, NBC claimed there would be an "internal investigation".
Not to be outdone, rival Media biggie ABC upped the ante. Having obtained a police department video of Zimmerman being brought into the Sanford Police Department, ABC processed the video to remove image detail, then presented it on the air to show that there were no cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head. When confronted on their own outrage, ABC was more creative than announcing a mere “internal investigation”. They claimed that, having realized on their own that there was a problem, they later brought in a video expert to “process” the fuzzy version they had aired to “enhance” it until it actually did show the cuts on Zimmerman’s head.
In an unusual follow-up, NBC’s executives may have finally remembered the “fake but accurate” fiasco of 2004 [in which the acclaimed Dan Rather presented openly forged documents as “proof” that George W. Bush had not performed his duties in the Air National Guard]. Fox News recently reported that it heard from the New York Times, which has reported that it heard from anonymous sources at NBC, that the unnamed offending editor of the audio tape has been fired. NBC has refused to comment. Got that?
A couple of other points. One, did George Zimmerman go to a hospital or not? Did he have a broken nose or not? It is hard to imagine that the same media who can, seemingly any time they want, gain access to the nations most highly classified information, could not get someone at a nearby hospital to divulge whether one of the most recognizable faces in the country recently walked into the place, and/or received treatment there.
See: They are laughing at us. Skittles and Tea are druggie slang for
Coricidin Cough and Cold Tablets (dextromethorphan) and marijuana.
Of course few of us on the political right get the joke, which is not
a bad thing.
Was a package of actual Skittles and/or a container of actual tea found at the scene, or anywhere nearby? Merely a question. With the nation’s devastating fiscal problems, along with those of Europe, the prospect of turmoil, maybe even nuclear war, in the Middle East, and gas prices bouncing off $5.00 a gallon long before summer driving season, we will rivet ourselves to the crucial Trayvon questions. The media will see to it.