Thank you to the Orlando Sentinel And WPTV Channel 5 (the NBC local affiliate) for being nearly alone among what, pathetically, passes as our mainstream media, to bother providing George Zimmerman's side of the Trayvon Martin incident.
The Sentinel account is here, and the WPTV account is here. Please read then, so you know both sides of the story. It will put you universes ahead of the disgraceful blob of propaganda-first, facts-later media - very much including WPTV's parent company, NBC - which seem to think they know all the answers when they don't know diddly squat about anything.
Before you do, however, let me show you there are two sides to consider, by posting this short excerpt from the Sentinel story:
Zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense. Police found blood on his face and the back of his head as well as grass on the back of his shirt.
That jibes with what Cheryl Brown's teenage son witnessed while walking his dog that night. Thirteen-year-old Austin stepped out his front door and heard people fighting, he told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.
"I heard screaming and crying for help," he said. "I heard, 'Help me.' "
It was dark, and the boy did not see how the fight started, in fact, he only saw one person, a man in a red shirt Zimmerman who was on the ground.
But none of this matters to our so-called "media, does it? Not when there is a juicy racial angle to latch onto.
For additional insight into how they - and the Professional Oppressed crowd, ever vigilant for a reason to march, protest and demand - are handling this as yet indeterminate event, here is a list of other links provided by drudgereport.com:
NBCNEWS Sharpton stokes FL town: 'Are you afraid of violence?'
MSNBC Host Finney Blames Limbaugh, Gingrich, Santorum For Death...
Farrakhan: 'Soon and very soon' there will be 'retaliation'...
More Miami schools stage mass walk-outs...
Lovely. al sharpton, the master of incitement to violence, preaching "non-violence" (sort of) to the already-excited crowd. karen finney turning it into a political attack apropos of nothing. louis farrakhan talking "retaliation" (To whom? For what? No one knows).
Why is this happening? I lay the blame entirely at the feet of our "media".
It is media who, by never calling the sharptons and finneys and farrakhans on their lunatic-fringe rants, have enabled them to act the as race-baiting opportunists they are now. It is media who have poured the accelerants on this situation with their unrelenting promotion of Trayvon Martin as an innocent victim and George Zimmerman as a cold-blooded racist killer -- before any of the facts are determined.
If all the rhetoric - again, in the absence of knowledge - leads to violence, maybe killings, over the Trayvon Martin incident? How proud these media giants should be. Because they will have been its architects.
The biggest joke of all is media portraying al sharpton as some kind of peacemaker because, after inciting the crowd, he tossed out a couple of "don't be violent" softballs:
-They let sharpton off the hook when his incendiary comments made the Crown Heights riots even worse. Eventually those riots resulted in the killing of Yankel Rosenbaum, a Jewish scholar doing nothing but minding his own business.
-They let sharpton off the hook for the torching of Freddy's Fashion Mart in Harlem, after he incited an already near-riotous crowd by attacking store owner, Freddy Harari, and racially turbocharging the situation by calling him a "White interloper". Freddy's wound up being firebombed with 8 people dead -- all of them minority.
And if his "I'll pour fire on the situation, make your anger even more intense, but don't be violent, wink wink" routine generates the kind of violence that aroused, angry mobs so often engage in, they will let him off the hook again.
After all, sharpton is a combination of Black, reliably left wing, and a source of good sound bites. So he is a protected species. As for the violence and deaths? Hey, that's great. we'll use it as our lead on the nightly news.
What a lovely memorial to a dead 17 year old child.
Let me finish by posting the following letter, which George Zimmerman's father, Robert, sent to the Orlando Sentinel.
Please read it - especially if you are still convinced that this is an open and shut case of George Zimmerman murdering Trayvon Martin based on his race, and then tell me if you're still as sure:
The tragic events of February 26 are very sad for all concerned. The Martin family, our family, and the entire community have been forever changed.
The portrayal of George Zimmerman in the media, as well as the series of events that led to the tragic shooting are false and extremely misleading. Unfortunately, some individuals and organizations have used this tragedy to further their own causes and agendas.
George is a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever. One black neighbor recently interviewed said she knew everything in the media was untrue and that she would trust George with her life. Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black or white, who came and welcomed her to the community, offering any assistance he could provide. Recently, I met two black children George invited to a social event. I asked where they met George. They responded that he was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.
The events of February 26 reported in the media are also totally inaccurate. Out of respect for the on-going investigation, I will not discuss specifics. However, the media reports of the events are imaginary at best. At no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin. When the true details of the event become public, and I hope that will be soon, everyone should be outraged by the treatment of George Zimmerman in the media.
Our entire family is deeply sorry for the loss of Trayvon. We pray for the Martin family daily. We also pray that the community will grieve together and not be divided by more unwarranted hate.
The Zimmerman family will have no further contact with the media prior to the resolution of the investigation. It would be greatly appreciated if the media would respect our privacy.
Justice comes after the facts are known. Not before. End of story.