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New tone: How culpable is the news media and the left in this crime? (Update)

I ask because I have found the coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting and death to be sensationalist and, many times, based in rumor later found to be incorrect.

Or, to put a finer point on it, the coverage of the case has been anything but objective and fact based.

For instance, the original reports that said the incident was a white on black killing.  In fact, Zimmerman isn’t white.  He’s Hispanic.  ABC then published a video from the police station claiming there was no evidence of injury.  A closer look revealed ample evidence of injury, but that meme had already traveled the world twice.  MSNBC, not to be out done, made the claim that Zimmerman uttered a racial slur that was caught on the 911 tape.  Again, when examined more closely, it appeared clear that it wasn’t a racial slur at all, but a comment on the weather.

Meanwhile, the race baiters, attracted to the killing like sharks to chum, had picked up on the story as presented by the media and converged on Sanford FL, the site of the killing, to seek “justice” for Trayvon Martin.

Well, apparently some of it was served yesterday … in Mobile, AL:

Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.

According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.

Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.

Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. "It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed." Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using "brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on."

And, according to Ms. Parker, as they were leaving something else occurred:

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said "Now that’s justice for Trayvon." Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

The left is fond of trying to blame the right for inciting incidents of violence.  The Gabby Gifford shooting is the most recent example. 

I have to wonder if the news media who sensationalized the Martin shooting and the race hustlers who inflamed the situation are willing to take the blame for this beating?

UPDATE: Ace points to two more beatings that appear to have been motivated by the Martin case.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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25 Responses to New tone: How culpable is the news media and the left in this crime? (Update)

  • “I have to wonder if the news media who sensationalized the Martin shooting and the race hustlers who inflamed the situation are willing to take the blame for this beating?”
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    Hell no, it’s all just an unfortunate result of Republican race baiting and caused by the racists policies of Wall Street and the Bush Administration and Rush Limbaugh!

  • You chide the media for its sensationalism on the subject, but apparently don’t mind using the sensational for your own purposes.

    • @tadcf No, stupid. McQ correctly noted how the Mushroom Media DISTORTED the story as part of creating a racial narrative where none existed. It was not about the sensational. It WAS about the LIES.

    • @tadcf And what would those purpose be? Noting that it had been sensationalized by people reporting sensationally and inaccurately? Explain what his purpose was, it will be interesting to see your, uh, narrative.

    • @tadcf Please provide proof of this. Oh wait, you can’t….

    • @tadcf Translation of your comment to playground speak: “Wahhh. He hit me, Mommy. Yeah, I hit him first, but he hit me too. He’s mean! Make him stop!!! It’s not fair!!”

    • @tadcf — An example, please bubblebrain.

    • @tadcf Alinsky baby, Alinsky. They gotta play by their own rules. Deal with it, or choke on it. Either way, this is the age of pushback. Did you know Obama ate dog?

  • This is all intended.

    The goal is to portray Zimmerman as guilty to the general public. They’ve made that sale already to Black Leadership. A lot of liberals bought it too. But many of us actually watching all the facts and people in the courtroom will know better. This is intended.

    They want Zimmerman to get off without a conviction with most Blacks and many whites convinced he’s guilty. The intention is to cause race riots. That’s the real goal. This is to create racial strife where there is none.

    Ultimately, the price to solve this racial tension? Re-elect Barack or there will be even more riots.

    • With a name like Zimmerman, at least that was the plan. Then the invention of a White Hispanic was an attempt to salvage the plan. The best thing that Zimmerman did was to finally get his face out in the public live. He may be half-Hispanic, but he still qualifies as a ‘visible minority’, imho. Time will tell if this undermines the overall goal of this sham trial.

      • @jpm100 I don’t think so. Oh, sure, the result would be some scattered violence, and they were OK with that, but I think the plan was more like: help Obama win re-election. But, even that plan isn’t shared across the left; Trayvon’s parents and their lawyers are working for greed, they want to be able to sue. The media and Obama administrtion are going along to win re-election by stirring up the base and also distract from boring stuff like deficits and the inability of Democrats to pass budgets and such.

    • @jpm100 By and large, this is make or break moment for blacks in this country. And they need to realize the media is NOT their friend.

      • @The Shark They need to realize that about the Democratic party and Obama administration as well.

    • @jpm100 Yeah if that is the goal it will backfire big time.

      • @kyle8 Well, I’ll repeat it here, the goal isn’t riots, it is fired up black voters in November, and more “random noise” on the news instead of serious discussion of all the things Obama doesn’t want to talk about. For the media it is about November.

        • yeah that’s what I mean, it is sure to backfire. It will get the anti-obama vote out like nothing else will.
          @Don S

      • @kyle8 ,

        These people are stuck in the 60′s and 70′s. Race riots gave the Democrats & the Left political clout in back then.

        They have a multiprong approach in my opinion. They constantly work White Guilt approach but also the threat of looming race riots to give it a sense of urgency. You see they want people to believe that electing Obama the first time wasn’t sufficient to assuage their White Guilt. They want the people who voted for him last time for that reason to feel the need to so again.

        As for looming race riots not being effective, you may be underestimating the number of people who will appease the threat of violence to ‘make it go away right now’ regardless of the later consequences.

        And I’m going to get in trouble for this, but you may be judging people by the reaction more likely out of people your age, background, gender err… I mean generation, yeah, that’s the ticket.

  • What would sell more newspapers and advertising space for the Lame Stream Media, than a nice race war before a contested reelection of a White Arab.

  • How culpable are they? Under the rules they set (for the right) 100%. And that includes Obama as well. He has this blood on his hands. After all, the kids who beat that white guy look like the son he would’ve had.

    But don’t worry, they’ll find a way to blame Palin, Rush or Bush for this somehow

    • @The Shark Or, been there, done that. ALEC & NRA, too. This whole thing is the doing of knuckle-dragging swamp-dwellers who insist on self defense as a right.

  • You left out one of the best (worst) examples: I think it was NBC that edited the tape. Actually edited the tape, to make G.Z. sound racist.