This is a good starting point to clear up a few misconseptions regarding this case.
Reading articles on a few of the most popular media outlets it would seem like an innocent, baby faced, young teen, was viciously shot down in cold blood by a racist white supremeist who didn’t like blacks in his all white neighborhood. None of those “facts” are truth though – so why all the media distortions?
The neighborhood in question is in fact mostly non-white (51%), Zimmerman (the shooter) is hispanic/multiracial (not white), Trayvon is a 6ft 2inch man (not a baby faced boy), and Zimmerman was found with grass stains on his back and cuts on his head (indicating a struggle). Why are those fact ignored and other mis-informations propogated?
Yes, this was a tragedy. No matter how you slice it – a young man being killed and another man possibly facing charges for murder is a mess. The reporting has been horrible though – at best biased and at worse the reporting has served to boost ratings and divide the country along racial lines. What’s the end game?
When I take a quick look on a few of the “Top Articles” on CNN I immediatlely notice the agenda.
The first article reads “CNN poll: Majority call for arrest in Trayvon Martin shooting”. My first thought is “Why does what a few ill-informed CNN readers think matter anyways?” Why is this top news? Of course most CNN readers think this – had I soley relied on CNN articles I would be saying the same thing!
Don’t beleive me? Here are the last five articles on CCN regarding this case:
“Calls for justice rage on a month after Trayvon Martin’s killing”
“Monday: Trayvon Martin outrage, was this a hate crime?”
“Rallies, ‘scream-outs’ planned coast to coast in support of Trayvon Martin ”
“Congregations pay tribute to Trayvon ”
“Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. on Trayvon Marting shooting: “Justice denied is humiliating” ”
This one is the first line of the most recent article from ABC:
The attorney counseling George Zimmerman, who shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin as he was walking home from the store with a bag of Skittles…
This is the image the media pushes us:
A more thorogh investigation points to Trayvon not being quite so inncocent:
Is the Media biased? Yes.
The truth is that no one has all the facts of this case, period. Not many of us really knew Trayvon nor Zimmerman. We can’t be character witnesses or speculate on their motives. We have no idea what happened. Except for possible witnesses no one can even comment on how the whole incident occured. The case is ongoing yet people – especially the ratings whores writing for the media – are there to speculate. This is a pure effort to sway public opinion – one based largely on a case made to look like a hate crime. I can’t help but ask myself why. Why the slant?
I feel for the families involved. It’s sad that this happened. Terrible. We shouldn’t let this be a point of division for us though, but rather one we can all agree on. Lets treat eachother better.
For the media – stop pushing an agenda, please.