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Prepare yourself for an onslaught of worthless slants on the jury verdict in the Zimmerman case

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The trial of George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin is now in the hands of the jury, whose verdict inevitably will trigger an uproar of reaction from countless people who haven’t had the opportunity to hear all the evidence and examine all the exhibits.

Even before the trial was over, there were polls, scientific and unscientific alike, on the question of Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence — as if matters like this should be determined by the preponderance of public opinion.

Countless talking heads on TV have boldly predicted the outcome of the case. The right-wing noise machine has warned — with more than a trace of hopefulness — that race riots will ensue if Zimmerman is found not guilty.

Personally, I don’t know what to expect from this jury of six women. I have had neither the time nor the inclination to follow the trial closely. Nor could I or anyone who wasn’t in the courtroom assess how members of the jury might have reacted to all the testimony and exhibits. Therefore, I can’t see myself second-guessing whatever verdict is reached.

But mark my words: Many thousands, perhaps even millions, of my fellow Americans won’t be so circumspect about this matter.

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  1. expdoc

    Of course your media brethren are at the absolute heart of the problem.

    As I have long contended. Juan Williams agrees.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/11/white-hispanics-crackers-teenage-mammies-no-winners-in-martin-zimmerman-case/#ixzz2YkqNCKvV

    NBC edited a tape of Zimmerman’s call to police as he was following Martin to make him appear to be focused on Martin’s race.

    The New York Times has referred to him in unique racial terms as a “white Hispanic.” The terminology was necessary to have the story fit into a well-worn news narrative throughout American history from the Scottsboro Boys to Emmett Till to Rodney King – the black victim of white racism. Hispanic people can be as racist as black or white people in a country with a deep history of racism. But, apparently for the Times, Zimmerman’s whiteness was important. It fit their good versus evil tale of a white racist killing an innocent black man.

    The media is clearly guilty of playing on the most primitive racial divisions in our society to fuel racial animosity and boost ratings.

    In June, before the trial started, a CNN poll asked Americans if they believed the murder charges against Zimmerman were true or false. Without any courtroom testimony or evidence, but based on the racially charged media coverage, 62 percent of Americans said the charges were “probably true” or “definitely true.”

    My bet is that poll would have different results today. The trial has failed to prove Zimmerman acted with a “depraved mind” – as required for a second-degree murder conviction – or even with a racist mind. He certainly killed Martin. And the jury may decide he is guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. But what we heard in the courtroom fits with an FBI report that found race was not a factor in Martin’s shooting death.

    The strong public judgment of Zimmerman’s guilt in the poll reflected a racially weighted media telling of the story. Photos of a bloodied Zimmerman after the incident, Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense and the police decision not to charge Zimmerman all got a dismissive glance from the press and contributed to public assumptions about Zimmerman before the trial.

    Liberal and conservative news TV and radio have played to the racial theme, too. The left, notably Rev. Al Sharpton, have made the case a crusade for racial justice. The right-wing media, especially talk radio, has responded by making Zimmerman a hero. In fact, Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, created an online site that attracted more than $145,000 from people who somehow made Zimmerman into their champion, possibly their great white hero.

  2. Neftali

    Right wingers secretly want there to be race riots? Not even remotely close to true.

    My own worthless slant? No way on earth is he guilty of 2nd degree murder. However, manslaughter is a strong possibility, and probably what Zimmerman deserves.

    Even if Zimmerman is somehow cleared of all charges, he’s still a marked man. At a minimum he will probably have to move to a different state.

  3. Neftali’s comment supports my point about worthless slants on the Zimmerman case from armchair jurists.

    Neftali has not not seen all the trial exhibits or heard all the trial testimony, but he says: “No way on earth is he [Zimmerman] guilty of 2nd degree murder.”

    As for thinly-veiled hopes of racial violence if Zimmerman is acquitted, there’s this comment from the inveterate racist right-winger Pat Buchanan: [T]he public mind has been so poisoned that an acquittal of George Zimmerman could ignite a reaction similar to that, 20 years ago, when the Simi Valley jury acquitted the LAPD cops in the Rodney King beating case.”

    Buchanan will be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.

    This is the same Pat Buchanan who once wrote this lament:

    “Not until the 1960s did courts begin to use the Fourteenth Amendment to impose a concept of equality that the authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, and the Gettysburg Address never believed in. Before the 1960s, equality meant every citizen enjoyed the same constitutional rights and the equal protection of existing laws. Nothing in the Constitution or federal law mandated social, racial, or gender equality.”

  4. Craig Knauss

    Pat,

    Do you remember Buchanan’s keynote address of the 1980 Republican convention? It was so nationalist-extremist that even the Republican conventioneers were standing there with their mouths hanging open. I half expected him to finish with “Sieg heil!”.

  5. Robert

    I will say is if Zimmerman’s not found guilty of something, minimally there will be a call for marches by the likes of Sharpton and Jackson. That we know is a certainty. Let’s face it, if Zimmerman had stayed in the car and let the 911 operators make the call on who should respond, Trayvom would still be alive. I don’t think that can be disputed.

    How can a person who instigated a violent encounter, claim self defense? If that becomes the law of the land, lots of people going to antagonize people they don’t like and believe they can get away with murder. If Trayvon had come up to Zimmerman’s car, opened the door and pulled on Zimmerman to get out, then Zimmerman could claim self defense, but that’s not what happened. Zimmerman got out of his car against the plea of the 911 operator not to, confronted a man walking home peacefully, the man felt threatened and did what many people would do, fight back or stood his groun. Trayvon didn’t start this deadly encounter.

    “There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence,” Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said. “We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to act peacefully.”

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=201551993

  6. Steverino

    To her credit Judge Nelson has tried not to be another Ito but probably made mistakes that will come up in appeal.

  7. Brian Opsahl

    I see murder 2 as the prosecuter said from the begining …my opinion only that’s just what I see….if the jury of females see’s this the same way I wouldn’t be shocked.

    Zimmerman was told twice to stop pursueing him…and when he got a fight going with Trayvon and he started loosing that fight he whip’s out his gun and shoots him through the heart…that’s murder 2

  8. Carol Foster

    I did watch the entire legal procedings, including the items shown to the Jury. Yes, there were items not shown in open court that non of us have seen.
    Found the closing arguements very telling. One man, who survived the fight came with a gun.
    The other came with a sidewalk.
    That has to be the dumbest arguement ever made for why the man with the gun needed to kill the man with the sidewalk. Especially since the man with the gun chased after the man with the sidewalk and is the only one available to tell the tale.

    When O’Marasaid in closing, the young man could have run home in the four minutes, the Jury should have gotten just how wrong an idea Zimmerman’s defense team had from day one with the interview on Fox with Hanity. What that said to me was Zimmerman had the right to follow, but Martin had no right to be walking in the same place Zimmerman inhabited.
    Maybe legally there isn’t the right set of circumstances under the law for second degree murder? My hope is this Jury does the right thing, which is called Jury nuflification, and finds him guilty on that charge. Justice isn’t always the narrow written law of the land. Sometimes is common sense. The thing the DA’s office suggested the Jury not forget when figuring ths one all out.
    When the defendent is caught lying on important items numerous times, common sense should be used because the victim can’t very well tell the Jury what really happened.

  9. Brian Opsahl

    jury’s are alway’s tuff to figure out.

    I truly hope that if he is found innocent that he quitely goes’ away…and the folks on the otherside do the same.

    If he is found guilty send him away for at least 25 years.

  10. How do the gun toters feel now that Zimmerman has given up a year and a half of his life to this? A split second decision that will haunt him till he dies. Even if he is found innocent he cannot escape the noose around his neck. There will be a target on his back no matter where he goes. He will have to watch his back. He would probably like to go back and do that event in a different way, if he could.

    Not to mention the attorney fees, his loss of income, a possible appeal, a possible civil trial, the personal torment.

    For all of the above reasons, I will not carry a gun. I don’t consider myself capable to be judge and jury in a split second, and take someone’s life. I don’t wish to have that chicken hanging around my neck forever. I will take my chances as an unarmed person. I don’t walk in fear wherever I go.

    If someone already has pulled a gun out, how could I possibly pull one and shoot him, before he blasted me? I know the toters all believe they can someday be a hero, but the odds are, it’s not going to happen. More than likely they will end up like Zimmerman.

  11. Brian Opsahl

    Poor Zimmerman at least has air to breath…Trayvon..not so much..!!

  12. Neftali

    Brian – just following someone around is not proof of a motive to kill. Plus, Trayvon performed the initial assault on Zimmerman, and further got the best of him during the confrontation. So there is no way he gets murder-2. Manslaughter is more realistic. It was a quick decision in the heat of a battle. Every story I’ve read, and there have been dozens, states the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence of intent to kill.

  13. Steverino

    Much of this reminds me of Bernhard Goetz the “subway vigilante” who was only convicted for an illegal firearm. Although he became a poster boy for the NRA he now participates in NY squirrel rescue.

  14. Robert

    The jury found Zimmerman innocent. I’m shocked. What now?

  15. Robert

    Do people realize what precedent has been set now? This is not good.

  16. Robert

    Found this comment on the Huffington Post. “Way to set a precedent, Florida. Make it legal to kill the unarmed under any circumstance. ” That’s what just became legitimized.

  17. wilson

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/07/13/Media-Zimmerman-Coverage-Rap-Sheet

    Nobody wins, but no wonder the media is held in such low respect.

    “February 26, 2012 – George Zimmerman Shoots and Kills Trayvon Martin
    Zimmerman claims self-defense. After an investigation, the police agree and decide not to press charges.

    March 8, 2012 – The AP Falsely Describes Zimmerman as “White”
    The story of the grieving parents of Trayvon Martin demanding Zimmerman be arrested first achieves national attention on March 8 when CBS This Morning runs a report.
    Later that same day, the Associated Press throws the first log on the racial fire by inaccurately describing Zimmerman as white.

    March 13, 2012 – NBC’s Al Sharpton Uses MSNBC Platform to Stoke Phony Racial Narrative
    Breitbart editor-in-chief Joel Pollak:
    Sharpton devoted a portion of his program on MSNBC, PoliticsNation, to the Trayvon Martin case. He interviewed Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, who reiterated the accusation that Zimmerman was “white”: “We think Trayvon Martin didn’t know who the heck this white man was who approached him before he got killed.”
    Earlier that same day, Sharpton’s National Action Network released a statement calling for…
    …a “complete and thorough investigation” into Martin’s death. He added: “[W]e are told that racial language was used when the young man reported his suspicions to police[.]”
    The story about Zimmerman’s use of racial language was false.

    March 13, 2012 – ABC News Reporter Claims Trayvon Shot Because “He Was Black”
    About ten days before Al Sharpton and President Obama would launch the Zimmerman story into the stratosphere, Matt Gutman, an ABC News correspondent based in Miami, Florida, was already (and without a shred of evidence) laying the track for a racial narrative.
    Gutman covered the case for the network, and his Twitter feed at the time was full of falsehoods, innuendo, and irresponsible speculation. In one tweet, Gutman came right out and claimed Trayvon was shot “bc [because] he was black.”
    Gutman would also recklessly accuse Zimmerman of “stalking” and shooting down Trayvon.

    March 19, 2012 – CBS News Falsely Claims Zimmerman Is White
    A small detail that the Obama administration and the media apparently missed was that the white versus black racial narrative they were preparing to invest so much into was missing just one thing: a white person.
    Proof of this is that CBS News falsely claimed Zimmerman was white about a week before the story exploded.
    In their venomous zeal, the media and Democrats likely assumed that someone with the last name Zimmerman had to be white. But they were wrong, as Zimmerman is Hispanic.
    Never ones to back off a good narrative, rather than use this revelation to tamp down tensions or correct their reporting, the media simply made up out of whole cloth a new racial category: the “white Hispanic.”

    March 22, 2012 – Zimmerman Described as a “White Hispanic” by The New York Times
    Just in the nick of time, before the story was engineered to explode the very next day with the Sharpton rally, The New York Times put its stamp of approval on the term “white Hispanic.”

    March 21, 2012 – CNN Falsely Accuses Zimmerman of Saying “F**king Coon”
    Knowing full well the phony racial storm brewing around the Zimmerman case was about to have gasoline thrown on it the next day, CNN went to extraordinary lengths to claim Zimmerman had uttered the racial slur “coon” when he had not.
    This has to be watched to be believed.
    CNN wouldn’t officially retract their defamation until April 5th, long after it was too late.

    March 22, 2012 – NBC’s Al Sharpton Goes to Florida
    Though the police had investigated the shooting and saw no reason to charge George Zimmerman, in March of 2012, President Obama’s reelection chances looked dim. He would need the crucial swing state of Florida to win another four years, and nothing brings out the Democrat vote like a good old racial bonfire.
    With the help of thousands of dollars from Obama’s Justice Department, it was then that Rev. Al Sharpton (anchor of MSNBC’s Politics Nation) held his incendiary rally:
    At the protest, Sharpton was flanked by Martin’s parents. “Trayvon could have been any one of our sons,” he said. “Trayvon could have been any one of us.”
    He continued:
    “We are tired of going to jail for nothing and others going home for something. Zimmerman should have been arrested that night … you cannot defend yourself against a pack of Skittles and iced tea. Don’t talk to us like we’re stupid! Don’t talk to us like we’re ignorant! We love our children like you love yours. Lock him up!”
    Sharpton said that he would stay on the case.
    “We cannot allow a legal precedent to be established in this city that tells us it is legal for a man to kill us, tell any story he wants, and walks out with the murder weapon,” he said.

    March 23, 2012 – President Obama Repeats Sharpton’s Talking Point
    The day after Sharpton held his rally and said, “Trayvon could have been any one of our sons,” President Obama made huge news when he stepped before the cameras, demanded action in the Zimmerman case, and famously said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
    In just two days, a network news anchor and an American president had blasted the Zimmerman case into the nation’s top story and did so based on a racial narrative without a shred of evidence to support it. Almost every other major news outlet would now commit every journalistic sin imaginable to fabricate evidence.

    March 24, 2012 – Reuters Describes Zimmerman as a “White Hispanic”
    To keep the white versus black narrative alive, Reuters jumps on the ridiculous “white Hispanic” bandwagon.
    Many others would follow.

    March 27, 2012 – NBC News Edits 911 Audio to Make Zimmerman Look Racist
    On the storied Today Show, NBC News told America Zimmerman said this on the 911 call:
    Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
    When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:
    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.
    After the fraudulent editing was discovered by the New Media (first by Breitbart News), former NBC News president Steve Capus would claim that the edit was “a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call.”
    Eventually, several NBC producers would be fired (without being named), and Zimmerman would file a lawsuit against NBC; it remains unresolved.

    March 28, 2012 – ABC News Falsely Claims Zimmerman Wasn’t Injured Night of Shooting
    The day after NBC News released its falsified 911 bombshell, ABC News released a phony, hyped-up story of its own. Using grainy surveillance video of Zimmerman at the police station on the night of the shooting, ABC News claimed, “A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman.”
    Obviously, if true, this would go a long way towards proving Zimmerman was not in fear of his life the night of the shooting and had lied about being beaten up.
    The only problem is that the ABC News story was not true — not even close. The network didn’t bother to enhance the video before breaking the news. Had they, Zimmerman’s bloody head would have been quite apparent.
    It would take four days for ABC to retract its falsehood.

    March 28, 2012 – Boston Globe Falsely Describes Zimmerman as White
    By late March it was widely known that George Zimmerman was Hispanic. This did not stop the Boston Globe from using its pages to describe him as “a white neighborhood watch captain.”
    This error has never been corrected.

    March 29, 2012 – NBC’s Chris Matthews Contradicts Guest to Claim Zimmerman Not Injured
    By the next day, ABC’s false story about Zimmerman not being injured had already gone viral. However, some were already doing the job ABC apparently didn’t want to do: enhancing the video. A guest on MSNBC’s Hardball told the show’s host, Chris Matthews, that his enhancement did show bruises on the back of Zimmerman’s head. MSNBC even broadcast the enhancement, which clearly showed cuts and bruising.
    Regardless, during the same show, Matthews stridently claimed:
    George Zimmerman says he shot Trayvon Martin after Trayvon broke his nose and repeatedly slammed the back of his head into a concrete sidewalk, but newly released video tape of Zimmerman arriving at the police station–we’re looking at it there–appears to show no evidence of a broken nose or obvious wounds to the back of Zimmerman’s head.

    Late March, 2012 – Zimmerman’s “Black Friend” Vilified by Media
    Even though Zimmerman is Hispanic and there was no evidence of any racial motivation behind his actions, the media’s racial-hysteria was, at this point, in full bloom. To try and tamp things down, Joe Oliver, a black reporter who had worked with CNN and an Orlando television station, started doing the national media interview rounds to speak on behalf of his friend, George Zimmerman.
    The counterattack in the media (CNN, New York Times, and MSNBC, among others) was exceptionally vicious, personal, and effective.
    Oliver went away.

    April 1, 2012 – The New York Times Maliciously Edits Zimmerman’s 911 Call
    Although the NBC News malicious edit of Zimmerman’s 911 call broadcast on the Today Show had already been loudly and publicly debunked, days later the New York Times did the same thing on its front page.
    By rearranging the words of the call, the Times falsely made it look as though Zimmerman had profiled Trayvon as black:
    Here is the 911 call transcript:
    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 DISPATCHER: Okay. And this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?
    ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
    And here is what the Times reported:
    “Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood,” Mr. Zimmerman said to start the conversation with the dispatcher. “And there’s a real suspicious guy.”
    This guy seemed to be up to no good; like he was on drugs or something; in a gray hoodie. Asked to describe him further, he said, “He looks black.”
    The print edition of the story was even worse than the online edition.

    April 9, 2012 – PBS Anchor Gwen Ifill Describes Zimmerman as “White”
    Desperate to keep a non-existent racial narrative alive, during a broadcast of the PBS Newshour Gwen Ifill falsely stated:
    Martin, who was black, was on his way to a convenience store in a mostly white gated community when George Zimmerman, who”

    There is more

  18. Robert

    I have my concerns about what may happen as a result of this verdict, but I wonder why there isn’t the ongoing outrage from the Black community leaders with all the Black on Black gang killings that happen weekly, especially in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods and even in Rockford? Why are those killings that total in the 1000′s annually across the nation, not worthy of the same outrage and backlash? This is the hypocrisy that many people of all backgrounds observe and make absolutely no sense of. Therein lies the division.

    It’s the violence and high levels of crime that are so prevalent in the Black neighborhoods that causes people like Zimmerman and even people who would never react be so aggressive, to feel threatened that it may come to their neighborhood too? Most civil people want to feel safe in their every day activities.

    This is the conversation that the Black community leaders needs to explain to America.

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