Will the Media Be Partially Responsible For Any Rioting After the Zimmerman Verdict?
Conservatives are constantly portrayed as being responsible for the vile acts of individuals immediately after a newsworthy event. See the Boston Marathon bombing and all of the liberals who were hoping the terrorists were white, anti-gun, anti-tax, nuts.
Rarely do liberals have their feet held to the fire for similar incidents. We’re about to dish it out to liberals for a change, revealing why the media should be held accountable for their actions and rhetoric immediately following the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin.
After all, if conservatives in the media can be blamed for all the ills in our world due to their words, so can liberals…
President Obama’s first public comments on the Martin case invoked personal imagery, stating that “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” The sentiment raised eyebrows among skeptics who viewed it as saying the tragedy bore greater importance because the victim and the President shared similar physical characteristics—namely skin color.
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin claimed that the President had “poured gas on the fire” with his remarks, while Newt Gingrich described them as “disgraceful” and “appalling.”
But also complicit in the stoking of racial flames in this particular case were some of the President’s closest allies—the mainstream media—through doctored recordings, poorly analyzed video, and a failure to report facts.
ABC News obtained exclusive police surveillance video of George Zimmerman taken on the night of the shooting, video which they proclaimed showed “no blood or bruises” on the suspect. It was a critical piece of evidence, one which the Martin family lawyer had declared “a smoking gun,”countering Zimmerman’s long maintained version of events that indicated he had fired his weapon in self-defense.
In their rush to air the video, ABC failed to perform any kind of enhancement or analysis, whether in-house or by experts. Worse, there were suggestions by some that ABC had actually gone out of their way to include a graphic in their video presentation that covered up the back of Zimmerman’s head, avoiding any scrutiny that may have resulted in visual evidence of the wounds. A report from Pajamas Media contributor Bob Owens stated, “ABC News used a strategically placed chyron (graphic) to cover up the back of Zimmerman’s head for their broadcast, covering up the video evidence that would have disproven their story “.
Owens added, “ABC News doctored the video to sell a false narrative, in a dishonest attempt to brand a man a murderer”.
Within a couple of days after the video’s release, reporters at the Daily Caller and Breitbart.com had performed their own video enhancements, concluding that there was sufficient evidence to suggest ABC had jumped the gun in assuming that there had been no evidence of a struggle, noting what appeared to be a head injury on Zimmerman.
Only after the intense scrutiny, and nearly a week later, the Orlando Sentinel quietly reported that ABC had called in the FBI to assist in clarifying the video. The clearer video was released as an exclusive and showed what were reported as “a pair of gashes or welts on George Zimmerman’s head.”
But this selective representation of a key video was minor in comparison to the case of journalistic malpractice being exercised over at NBC News.
In this particular case, NBC had obtained audio of the 911 call made by George Zimmerman the night of the shooting, and doctored it in a manner that would leave the viewer with no other option than to conclude that Trayvon Martin had been targeted because he was black. The original dialogue in the call read:
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’s edited version read:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good … He looks black.
The audio had not only been edited aurally, but had successfully edited the viewpoints of those who had heard, tainting public perception of the case. After being exposed by Fox News and media watchdog NewsBusters, NBC launched an official investigation into the incident, which eventually led to the dismissal of two reporters and a producer.
The fallout should have been readily apparent—when it comes to race, the media also exhibits radical liberal, and therefore racial bias. They were quick to launch judgments in the Trayvon Martin case, opening themselves to a slew of charges ranging from sensationalist, to bombastic, to untruthful—but most certainly, racially motivated.
Additionally, there were serious crimes that occurred post-Trayvon, some even including violence inspired by the case, and some which had a racial component. Were they also be reported?