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May 18, 2012

The (un)biased media

Filed under: Media — Mike Kueber @ 3:16 am
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A recent article in the Washington Post regarding developments in the Martin-Zimmerman matter provides a good example of why the media has lost all credibility with most Americans.  The Post, like most other media outlets, initially rushed to judgment against George Zimmerman based on virtually no evidence other than an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, being shot by a resident on neighborhood patrol.  Instead of accepting a police investigation that cleared Zimmerman, the media manufactured a perception that the resident was a racist vigilante and the police were after-the-fact accomplices. 

Because of the media uproar, a special investigation was ordered and a special prosecutor eventually decided that there was sufficient evidence to charge Zimmerman with Second Degree Murder.  When I blogged about whether that charge was appropriate, I suggested that we should give the prosecutor the benefit of a doubt, even though many conservatives suggested that the charge was prompted by pressure to avoid rioting in the streets.   

Although it remains possible that the special prosecutor took her action based on the evidence instead of the political pressure, the recent article in the Post reveals that there is significant evidence that supports Zimmerman’s argument of self-defense and contradicts the media suggestion that Zimmerman stalked and killed a defenseless Martin.  According to the article, Martin had an abrasion on a finger, blood under his fingernails, and Zimmerman’s blood on his sweatshirt.  Gun residue on Martin’s sweatshirt indicate the shot was at close range.  And Martin’s father told police that the person heard asking for help on a 911 call was Zimmerman, not Martin. 

Inexplicably, the article fails to report that a medical report obtained by the NY Times that revealed Zimmerman received a broken nose, two black eyes, and a wound to the back of his head from the incident.  It does, however, mention that marijuana was found in Martin’s system when he was killed.  I’m not sure how that made its way into the article, but the Zimmerman injuries did not. 

I am probably more sensitive to media bias because it generally slants in the direction of liberal causes.  But bias in any direction does damage to an institution that is important to the American way of life.  As Thomas Jefferson said:

  • [W]ere it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

But to remain a viable force for good in America, the media need to maintain their credibility.  It has not done that in the Zimmerman-Martin matter, and the result is more cynical Americans.


p.s., a similar article was published by USA Today.  It included the following additional exculpatory information, but an inflammatory headline – “Police Report: Trayvon Martin’s shooting was avoidable”:

Another witness interviewed on the night of the shooting described hearing a commotion and going out to investigate, the same report said:

“He witnessed a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help. He elaborated by stating the black male was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.’ He stated he yelled out to the two individuals that he was going to call the police. He then heard a ‘pop.’ He stated that after hearing the ‘pop,’ he observed the person he had previously observed on top of the other person (the black male wearing the ‘hoodie’) laid out on the grass.”

Serino’s report described his review of the 911 calls: “In the background I could clearly hear a male’s voice yelling either ‘Help’ or ‘Help Me,’ fourteen (14) times in an approximately 38 second time span. This voice was determined to be that of George Zimmerman, who was apparently yelling for help as he was being battered by Trayvon Martin.”


1 Comment »

  1. the cynacism is interesting however because instead of calling out the intentional mistakes by the ny times, cnn, et al, the people of the left complain about bias then call out fox. they also call out talk radio, confusing entertainment and editorial with news. the people that do this are either stupid or manipulative. i prefer stupid people…

    Comment by Q — May 19, 2012 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

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