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Media Manipulation of George Zimmerman Tapes Still Driving the Trayvon Martin Narrative

This morning, during the 8am hour, the faithful listeners of the Bob Miller show on KPAM 860am were posed with a thought experiment. Evidenty George Zimmerman is having difficulty leading a normal life these days, and he’s launched a website to accept donations to cover expenses and pay his legal fees: On his show, Bob Miller posed the question, “Would you contribute to George Zimmerman’s legal defense fund, and why or why not?”

A caller at around 8:12 am (audio will be posted as soon as it’s available) told Bob that there’s no way that he would contribute, despite the knowledge of Zimmerman’s financial hardships, because, “I saw the tape from the police station on ABC News, and he didn’t have a scratch on him.”

Bob corrected him and said the CNN tape clearly shows a deep gash in the back of his head, and the caller joked with Bob that he had completely derailed his argument.


Here’s the real takeaway from this snapshot in time. The general news-watching public is clearly still under the massive sway of several main stream news organizations that have either refused to clarify the grainy video (in the case of ABC), misquoted the 911 tape (CNN), or have actively altered the 911 recording (NBC). examined this situation recently (h/t Conservative Mom):

With the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, the Democrats and media have found the story they needed to exploit in order to prove their position that America’s justice system is racially biased towards White Supremacy, just like Bell’s “Critical Race Theory” asserts, and that Obama is not a radical or racist for subscribing to this ideology.

So far, blame for the incident has been cast on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush, the Koch Brothers, and even the hoodie Martin was wearing.   Obama said that America needs to do some “soul searching” about the supposed racist guilt of our society, remarking, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.”

Over at, John Nolte examines the actions of NBC, CNN and ABC and how they’ve shaped the debate over the shooting of Trayvon Martin:

[NBC’s]Editgate, however, is something much, much worse.

In the case of ABC News, even though the network knew it had the capability to eventually enhance surveillance video of Zimmerman’s arrest, the network still chose to release the un-enhanced video with this declarative headline: “Trayvon Martin Video Shows No Blood or Bruises on George Zimmerman.”

Translation: Zimmerman is a liar who hunted down and murdered an unarmed teenager.

What CNN did was even worse. “The Most Trusted Name In News” told America that, according to their audio expert, Zimmerman called Trayvon Martin a “fucking coon” just prior to shooting him. They’ve since backpedaled, but the gasoline had already been gleefully thrown on the racial fire. And like ABC News, here’s another situation where a major network shot their biased mouths off, knowing there was better technology at their disposal to report something closer to the truth later.

Translation: Zimmerman is a racist who killed an unarmed teenager because he was black.

But the Editgate gold medal goes to NBC News. The Peacock Network didn’t “misinterpret” what was in front of them and they didn’t jump the gun. What NBC did was ALTER what they had to make Zimmerman look racist.

On the storied ”Today Show,” NBC News told America Zimmerman said this on the 911 call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

TRANSLATION: George Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed black teenager he shot.

Make no mistake. These efforts have been deliberate and for a clear purpose. It has already been proven over and over again that the mainstream media are not simply in the tank for Obama, but actively assisting in disseminating the talking points directly from the White House. (See Journolist 1 and Journolist 2 for examples.)

And if the White House wants to exploit racial tensions as a wedge issue, the legacy alphabet networks are all too happy to participate.

It’s just too bad that so many of the general public are either oblivious or indifferent to the collusion and tricks by the mainstream media. This is how a caller in to a local radio show can STILL be completely unaware that the information he was fed was a complete fraud.

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  1. Today’s news media have so much power. When they jump to judge an incident or person and put out information as truth it causes amazing damage. Average viewers and listeners hear misinformation but many don’t hear the corrected version. It’s frustrating.

  2. for one thing a news media is not required to enhance video for anyone. they report the news as it’s presented. other who enhanced the tape to say coon instead of goon are totlly wrong. did they do this for ratings propbably so. we know they can be grimey individuals. in my opinion the young man was racially profilied which led to his death. he ws walking while black. obama as a president has his hands tied when it comes to racial issues. the most powerful man in the world can not stop his people forom being racially profiled in his own country. Trayvon is one of 30 ro 40 blacks that hae been killed this year so far. if obama commented on everyone of them, race would be a major thorn in everyones side. i am beginnning to think he should, but it would be translated that he is a president of some not all. get your heads out of the sand people this is a problem.

  3. I was completely taken aback that NO ONE (not even the prosecutor Angela Corey) took the time to verify CNN’s so called “audio expert” interpretation/role in changing the word “coon” to “punk”(which does not even remotely come close to what we hear; and no one even thought of until the “punk” thing was baught up by George’s attorney). Its absolutely insane and im praying that people will not allow the “evidence in a murder” trial to be altered to save face in regards to the race issue in America. This is absolutely ridiculous and if I were his parent’s or his families attorney’s I would sue CNN for altering this key piece of evidence and I will also make sure that the prosecutor hires/brings people in (other verified audio forensic expert analysis) to really identify what he said. Anyone with ears can hear the echoing sound that is produced by the double o’s in that word; “punks” does not produce that sound at all (and is in fact a short word in terms of pronunciation and time). This is absolutely ridiculous. Im still shocked that Angela Corey even incoorporated that in her affadavit without verifying it completely; but then again im not even sure if she cares.

  4. There was still no reason for George to approach Travon. He even ignored the 911 dispatcher.

  5. If George Zimmerman had heeded the advice of the 911 operator and ceased following Trayvon, none of this other crap would even matter. He has no one to blame but himself! I wouldn’t donate money to buy him a can of tea or a bag of skittles right now. He screwed himself when he ignored the 911 operator and now Trayvon is dead and can’t defend himself or tell his side of the story. How convenient!

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