Thursday, March 29, 2012

Media foments racism

It's been a long while since I've had any motivation for blogging, but I came across something so egregious that I want to make a note of it. It regards the reporting of the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin.

This is a story I have not followed and, frankly, don't care much about. I'm sickened by the amount of violent crime in our society, but this story doesn't seem any more, or less, news worthy than many others. Except that the media have chosen, for some reason, to make it so. And rather than simply reporting it, they are going out of their way to distort it.

As reported on Breitbart, here's an excerpt from the 911 call Zimmerman made shortly before killing Martin:

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.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
Now here's what MSNBC/NBC published:
"This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.
See what they did there? They made it look like Zimmerman equates being black with being up to no good. They hid the fact that it was the 911 dispatcher who brought up race, and that Zimmerman was simply answering a direct question. They intentionally made Zimmerman look like a racist.

This is blatantly dishonest, and whoever is responsible should be fired. They should also be brought up on charges, if possible. Aside from misrepresenting material facts, they have violated the public trust and damaged a man's reputation. Worse, there is an organized effort to brand Zimmerman a White racist, and this type of unethical and immoral reporting certainly feeds irresponsible behavior that leads to race-based hysteria. (Spike Lee should also be brought up on charges.)

The reputations of MSNBC and NBC have also been severely tarnished. I know I'll never take their reporting seriously.

The question is, why do this? Why try to paint someone as a racist? What's the agenda?

And there is an agenda, one that goes beyond the perfidy of MSNBC/NBC. Take, as further example, the reporting of Zimmerman's race by various media outlets. As indicated above, Zimmerman is Hispanic. But I keep coming across bloggers who are upset that the media is intent on pointing out that Zimmerman is a white Hispanic. And sure enough, an Internet search of "Zimmerman white Hispanic" turns up links to stories by the New York Times, the Associated Press, MSNBC, CNN, and others, all describing Zimmerman as a white Hispanic.

I'd never heard the term "white Hispanic" before. Indeed, blogger Luke Ford reports,
I just did a search on the New York Times website and I can’t find another result for a person in the last 30 years called a “white hispanic.” An actual person called “white hispanic.” This appears to be the first time in the history of the New York Times.
So what's going on here? What is it that has major media outlets abandoning the sacred "one drop rule" and going out of their way to make sure we know an Hispanic of mixed blood is "white?"

They obviously are trying to stir up racial animosity between Blacks and Whites, and particularly to cast Blacks as the victims of rampant White racism. But it's hard for me to imagine people who would do such a thing, and it's sickening to think they pervade our media.

As a final note, I have no idea what happened in the Zimmerman/Martin case. That's for a court to decide. I have no idea if Zimmerman is a racist. Aside from the whole "hate crime" nonsense, that strikes me as irrelevant to whether he committed murder. 

I do hope that justice is done.

And I do know that the role the media has taken in this is disgusting.

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