(See “The Trayvon Martin Bonfire,” http://bit.ly/H28Eaf, which drew parallels between the Trayvon Martin killing and Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and “The Whitewashing of Trayvon Martin,” http://bit.ly/IZkzjK,Â which made the case for, well,Â Trayvon’s whitewashing.)
From the outset, the media coverage of the February 26th, 2012Â shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida has been skewed, biased, andÂ journalistically disgraceful.Â The prosecutionÂ has demonstrated it isÂ equivalently skewed, biased, and disgraceful.Â
Now that Zimmerman has been arrested andÂ charged with second degree murder, the whole truth is finallyÂ seeping out which should dampen the Trayvon fires but I wouldn’t count on that.Â Â
At the beginning of this racial and legal fiasco, the only surety was that Zimmerman had shot Martin, which he freely admitted.Â The hype and lies that he was a racist,Â that heÂ stalked Martin, etc.Â was just that, hype and lies manufactured by the MSM andÂ exploited by black race hustlers in order toÂ stir up racial unrest.Â Â
A reputable media would have reported the known facts in the case devoid of editorialized “news” storiesÂ designed toÂ paint Zimmerman as a bloodthirsty murderer and Martin as a defenseless youth “hunted down like a rabid dog,” according to Democrat Rep. Frederika Wilson.Â
Â Instead of objectively reporting the known truth about the case, most of the broadcast, cable, and print mediaÂ consistently distorted the facts.Â That distortion was epitomized by the MSM featuring photographs of Zimmerman looking more like a white man when he is actually half-hispanic and depicting Martin as an innocent child when he was actually full grown.
In reality, at the time he was killedÂ Martin was anything but a child.Â He was a strapping, 6 foot, 2 inchÂ 17 year old with a history of school suspensions, drug and gang associations, possession of a burglary tool, and possession of unexplained woman’s jewelry at school.Â Â
In an unorthodox move,Â on FridayÂ the shackled Zimmerman courageously waived his Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination and took the stand at hisÂ bond hearing.Â Â He said to the Martin family, “I am sorry for the loss ofÂ your son. Â I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am.Â I did not know if he was armed or not.”
TheÂ apology was immediately rejected as “self-serving” and “an outrage” by the family attorney, Benjamin Crump,Â and the prosecution described his testimony as “a media stunt.”
Zimmerman was granted bail in the amount of $150,000, a far cry from the million dollars the prosecution sought.Â More relevantly, ZimmermanÂ never saidÂ he was guilty of any crime.Â Â Â Nevertheless, indicative of the state’sÂ intent to convict him of all charges at all costs,Â the prosecuting attorneyÂ then asked him a totally unethical andÂ inappropriate question under cross examination.Â
It’s remarkable that the defendant’s attorneys didn’t strongly object to the misleading question: “After you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, did you ever make that statement to the police?Â That you were sorry for what youâ€™d done or for their loss?”Â
EquallyÂ remarkable is the prosecutor’s apparent obliviousness that no “crime” had yet beenÂ established and that Zimmerman is considered innocent under the law until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.Â
Â Now that a cell phone photoÂ has surfaced substantiatingÂ Zimmerman’s contention that Martin had slammed his head into theÂ pavement, one would hope the media would be more objectiveis.Â However, they are stillÂ as committed as the state of Florida to exonerating Martin and hanging the defendant.
The photo, taken by an eyewitness three minutesÂ after the altercation, graphically shows blood streaming from two deep gashesÂ in the back of his head, wounds that supplement neighbors’ statements that ZimmermanÂ also had a bloody, swollen nose.Â Â
ABC World News’ Diane Sawyer displayed the picture then proceeded to effectively dismiss it as exculpatory evidence that Zimmerman feared for his life before he shot Martin.Â
AfterÂ accenting that the photo merely “reportedly” showed Zimmerman’s severe injuries,Â Sawyer called on ABC’s “legal analyst,” Dan Abrams, to explain what really happened in court on Friday.Â
Abrams was dramatically incredulous thatÂ the state’s chief investigator was unableÂ to testify at the hearing as to “who started the fight,”Â suggesting the investigator was either lying or incompetent.Â Abrams followed that implicit slander by expressing his mainstream opinion thatÂ theÂ gory photoÂ meant nothing since “all” the evidence pointed to Zimmerman as the “aggressor.”
(See the ABC video and story at http://abcn.ws/HYVrza)Â Â
First of all,Â most ofÂ the evidenceÂ presentedÂ so far shows Martin as the aggressorÂ as do the statements of people in the vicinity of the shooting and the audiotape of someone screaming point to Martin and the videotaping witness who saw Martin”on top” attacking Zimmerman.
Why Abrams was so bewildered thatÂ the investigator couldn’t testify to who initiated the confrontation since no one witnessedÂ its beginning is almost as confusing as his uncertainty that streaming blood clearly proves that Trayvon Martin was attempting to murder George Zimmerman by bashing his headÂ into the ground.Â Â
When arch-leftist Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz can go on recordÂ to sayÂ thatÂ ”Everything in the [arrest] affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defenseâ€Â and denounce the prosecution asÂ ”notÂ onlyÂ immoral but stupid” if, in fact, they withheld the now-public photograph, something is amok in Florida.Â Â
When Dershowitz is able to say that a “grave ethical violation” may have been committed by the prosecutionÂ byÂ ”not playing by the rules,”Â (http://bit.ly/HY112j), Zimmerman had better heed admonitions he go into hiding when he is released on bail.Â Â
Innocence is inconsequential when the New Black Panther Party maintains its dead or alive bounty onÂ Zimmerman’s head and his home state is out to get him.Â Trayvon Martin’s bonfire is still blazing but mainly among black radicals, in the MSM, and in the Florida Office of Statewide Prosecution.Â Â Â