“The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Every free man has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this is to destroy the freedom of the press; but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous or illegal, he must take the consequences of his own temerity.”
Blackstone’s Commentaries 1765
If you are following the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin in the media, you know that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin in cold blood. It might not be true at all but it doesn’t matter to the lamestream media. They convicted George Zimmerman as soon as the case came to light.
The NY Times declared Zimmerman to be a white Hispanic, a new racial designation which fit their narrative of racial bias as the prime motivator in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
For those who have been on a desert island for the last two weeks, George Zimmerman is a self-appointed neighborhood watchman who thought teenager, Trayvon Martin, looked suspicious as he walked through a gated community. After Zimmerman followed Martin and they had some kind of tussle, Zimmerman shot Trayvon, killing him instantly. George Zimmerman claimed that Martin was beating his head into the pavement and threatened to kill him.
I don’t want to try the case and am happy to leave that to the courts. I do want to try the media however.
Six days ago, ABC produced a poor quality video which showed George Zimmerman in custody and being escorted by police to the station where he was interviewed for five hours about shooting Trayvon Martin. The video appeared to show an uninjured Zimmerman putting his version of events in grave doubt. Suddenly, yesterday, ABC came up with an enhanced video, with all layers intact, and it clearly shows a wound on Zimmerman’s head.
They probably put a poor quality video in the public domain because it fit their story line.
NBC, another untrustworthy station, tampered with the audio of the 911 call Zimmerman made to the police on the fateful night. NBC left out the critical portion of the tape in which Zimmerman is asked the race of the possible perp. As a result, Zimmerman is only heard saying that Trayvon is black. He sounds like a racist.
ABC and NBC come from the school of thought which extolls the virtues of a biased press in the guise of a neutral, free press as long as it fits their ideology.
With the New Black Panthers putting a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, the media is playing a very dangerous game.
New “Enhanced” video with all layers –