A guy named George Zimmerman might be looking for a little advice about how to handle being wrongly convicted of a high profile crime by the agenda-driven media right about now.
Zimmerman is the Hispanic Sanford Florida man who shot and killed black 17-year old suspended high school student Trayvon Martin in Zimmerman’s gated community late last month. The shooting has brought race baiters from MSNBC host Al Sharpton to the mainstream media to failed President Barack Obama out of the woodwork to inflame racial tensions surrounding the case to their own benefit.
The media’s narrative of the story is that Zimmerman, an overzealous “self-appointed neighborhood watch captain” who frequently calls police to report suspicious things he sees while on neighborhood watch (OMG!), spotted Martin walking through his gated community in a hoodie. Zimmerman called police stating that Martin – who was doing nothing more sinister than walking back to the house in which he was staying after buying Skittles and Iced Tea at a convenience store – was acting suspiciously. Martin, knowing he was being followed, calls a friend, who hears a scuffle, hears Martin crying for help, and hears the gun shot that ultimately kills Martin. A 911 tape of the incident also exists.
The media consistently refers to George Zimmerman as “Zimmerman” to give the false impression that he is a white man, possibly Jewish, and to Trayvon Martin as “Trayvon” so no listener, reader or viewer can miss the fact that he is black. The media consistently runs with a years-old picture of Trayvon Martin to play up his youth and alleged innocence while exclusively running an old mug shot to portray George Zimmerman. The media rarely mentions George Zimmerman’s Hispanic heritage, Martin’s suspension from school, or that Martin was a football player who was over 6 feet tall. They rarely mention that Zimmerman was observed to be bleeding from the nose and back of the head, or that his back was covered in grass stains when police arrived. They never explain how, if George Zimmerman stalked and then shot Trayvon Martin unprovoked, you would hear Martin’s alleged cries for help on a 911 tape. They never explain why, if he intended to murder Trayvon Martin in cold blood, George Zimmerman bothered to call 911 first.
Forget explaining these inconsistencies, the media never ever questions them. All of these things are designed to push a narrative and inflame the situation.
It seems that the mainstream media, however, is realizing something about their racist lynch mob narrative. It’s probably wrong.
ABC filed a timid report Saturday night that seems to confirm information that originally came to light late Friday.
A friend of George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., told ABC News today that the voice heard howling on the tape of a 911 call was Zimmerman’s, not the teen’s.
The man, a black friend of the family who spoke to Zimmerman tonight, told ABC News that Zimmerman was weeping for days after the shooting, which sparked protests across the country, and he insisted that Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, is not a racist.
Uh, whoops. Sorry, George. Look, I don’t know what happened that night. No one does. But I do know what has happened since: The agenda driven media has turned this unfortunate local incident into a – literally – racial federal case with little or no evidence beyond its appearance on the surface.
The original report, citing an eyewitness to the crime has a little more detail.
“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.
Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.
The witness only wanted to be identified as “John,” and didn’t not want to be shown on camera.
His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman’s claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.
“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point,” John said.
Something tells me we’ll soon be hearing as much about George Zimmerman as we wound up hearing about Jared Loughner after it was revealed that Loughner was a left-leaning lunatic cross-dresser.