UPDATE AT BOTTOM!
Today's blog post is about a very recent incident and a set of timely articles about one of the most disgraceful examples of false reporting of the news I've ever heard in my life, the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Now, the mass media has been guilty of some very bad and false reporting in the past but they've generally had the excuse of being fed the wrong information by the government or by other sources (if that is an excuse for not getting off their a*ses and doing their jobs by doing some actual research and fact checking!) This time they have no excuse. This time the mass media intentionally and deliberately falsified the news. Today's blog post should make your blood boil with how dishonest and irresponsible our mass media has become.
It's a recurring theme of my blog and writings. I've written many times about how you can't believe anything that you see or hear on the mass media. In: Japan Nuclear Disaster Update & Strong Criticism of Western Media Sensationalism I wrote:
Remember my Golden Rule about TV: "90% of everything you see on TV is bullshit; the other 10% are commercials."
Actually, it astounds me that people do accept what what the media says as gospel truth. Don't forget that this is the very same media that told us 3 years ago that Swine Flu was going to kill more than 50 million people worldwide. This was the same media that told us that the USA had to invade Iraq because of Saddam's nooklar weapons. This was the same media that told us that SARS also was a killer virus that was going to wipe out entire populations. This was the same media that told us that Bird Flu was going to do the same.
As of today, worldwide deaths from Swine Flu: 82. No nuclear weapons for Saddam (if he had any, do you really think we would have invaded Iraq?). Worldwide deaths from SARS: 100. Worldwide deaths from Bird Flu: 80. Don't even get me started on Man Made Global Warming!
And now, back to the Trayvon Martin shooting, but before I go on, let me say that if the shooter, George Zimmerman, is found guilty of murder then he deserves the heaviest penalty under Florida law. But, as is the case in a supposed civil society that is guided by laws and not the rule of vigilante as, ostensibly the USA is, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law...
How, until now, the news media has handled this incident is an absolute disgrace. I know, from working with the mass media, that far too many people who work in these places have no qualms about lying, and I can understand (sort of) them being ignorant about things like SARS and "deadly flu bugs" but this case today surprises even me It should infuriate any thinking person; the American news media have been caught red-handed lying and making up false information and editing the tapes of the police 911 call concerning the shooting of the black youth Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The very taped phone conversations that supposedly paint the shooter as a racist NEVER HAPPENED!
"Never let a good crisis go to waste" - Rahm Emmanuel Obama's former Chief of Staff
It seems that they are intentionally stoking racial flames. For what purpose is anyone's guess!... Or is it?... Stay tuned as I did find one theory and will share it with you in a moment.... But first about the false information...
As some of you may know, this killing has been painted as a racially motivated killing. The biggest piece of evidence that this was a racially motivated killing is a recording of the phone call to police emergency 911 whereby the shooter, George Zimmerman, is supposedly quoted as saying, "This guys looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."
Well, now we find out that this conversation never occurred! Karl Denninger over at the Market Ticker has the scoop in: NBC is the Skittle Network - Are you *****ed off yet? You will be:
NBC News is being excoriated in some circles – with competitor Fox News Channel leading the charge – for selectively editing audio of the 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed Trayvon Martin.
Yep. They got caught too.
In the NBC segment, Zimmerman says: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
The full version, though, unfolds 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.”
911 operator: “Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”WTF?! A television network actually editing and altering a police recording to further a hidden agenda!? Who decided on this? That person and the program director and producer should have been fired immediately or even before this ever aired. Nazi Germany's Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of this fakery.
But, really, why am I surprised? I shouldn't be. The news (in bed with the government) lies about everything. They lied about World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Vietnam War, SARS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Iraq, Libya, Kony 2012, Iran, Ron Paul, GMO, Afghanistan, etc., etc. I could go on for as many years as there are days of the former American republic....
But to edit recorded messages to push an agenda to spark racially motivated hate in the USA now and at this time? There are some very sick and evil people in charge of our government and the mass media.
And on top of this, to throw fuel on the fire, idiots like Spike Lee actually used Twitter to Tweet out the home address of the parents of the shooter (Actually he is so stupid that he tweeted out the address of the wrong people the first time!) What do the parents of the shooter have to do with this event? Nothing! This after the Black Panthers put a $10,000 reward on George Zimmerman's head!
Folks, these sorts of actions are crimes that used to be called "inciting violence" and both Spike Lee and the Black Panthers who made these calls need to be made to pay for this. They should be arrested and put in jail awaiting trial. I don't care if they are black, white, hispanic, purple or what.
Denninger goes on with some very astute observations that make me proud of someone who takes everything they see/hear on the mass media with a healthy dose of skepticism (I wish the average person did too). He continues with a very interesting question that you can try to answer for yourself:
Trayvon Martin was allegedly out at night, on foot and in a rainstorm getting iced tea and skittles. Ok, here's the address where the altercation took place from the police report:
2381 Retreat View Cir
Sanford, FL 32771
Sanford, FL 32771
Now go to Google Maps and type in that address. (Here: http://bit.ly/H5EPC5)
Next, find me a convenience store -- you know, a place to buy skittles and an iced tea. Just type in "convenience store" in the "Search Nearby" box.
Where's the closest one and how far is it on foot?
In a rainstorm, for a bag of skittles and can of iced tea, both ways? Possible? Sure. Plausible? That story ought to be able to be checked, and rather easily -- all convenience stores these days have video recorders.
So has anyone checked to see if indeed the deceased hiked the anywhere from 2-4 miles to and from one of the half-dozen convenience stores in the general area (none closer than about a mile on foot, incidentally, and all somewhat of a pain in the ass to get to due to what appears to be a limited access highway -- 417 -- between the location and the stores which would force you to walk quite a bit further than you could go "as the crow flies".)
These are pretty basic questions. In fact the closest convenience store is a Murphy USA; to reach the others north of the location (the ones south are a LOT further) you'd have to walk past it, so it's highly likely that's the store -- if the story of going out for Skittles and iced tea holds up.That is an excellent question and it deserves much attention.
I like them too but I'd never walk 2 ~ 4 miles in the rain to buy a pack... Would you?
But this post is not to perform detective work. This particular post is, once again, a full frontal assault on the mainstream mass media, especially TV, and once again proof of what I've always said, "You can't believe anything you see/hear on TV."
The mass media in the USA (and Japan) today are propaganda channels for the government. This incident should prove as just one more piece of evidence towards that fact.
"But why would the mass media fake information like this? For what purpose?" You ask? I can tell you two off hand: They need a crisis to keep up ratings. Riots and violent demonstrations make great TV. Great TV makes for high ratings. High ratings makes for profitability. If you don't think the TV news won't fudge the reports for a more sensationalist effect in order to make more money, then I have a TV station on top of a bridge to sell you.
And two, it's all a part of the Military-Industrial-Media complex.
What does the Military-Industrial-Media complex have to do with his? Consider this next article. On Lew Rockwell just today this appeared featuring a guy who predicted this sort of racially inflamed incident would be used by the Obama administration in 2012 in order to get re-elected... The final sentence gives you the motivation for the theory, "Does anyone expect the President to successfully run on the economy, health care, tax cuts, or budget reductions?"
From Lew Rockwell: Powder Keg: Rap Song Charges 'White Man' With Murder: 'Strap on your AK's Let's Start a Riot':
Flashback to August 16, 2011, when we published a White House Insider report detailing the possibility that the Obama administration would incite race riots in the build up to the 2012 Presidential election:
Via The Ulsterman Report:
Insider: Yes. It’s in place and underway – being developed. Further developed. It’s gonna – gonna tie it in with the unions somehow. I don’t know exaclty how – just that’s included in it. It will be an all out campaign on race. The goal is to completely mobilize the Black vote while shaming an even greater number of white voters into not opposing a second Obama term. They are gonna get out the guilt vote man. The guilt vote!
Ulsterman: Obama…Democrats in general, already get the Black vote – most of it.
Insider: They want all of it. Every last one. Then bring in the Hispanic vote, tie them up in this race issue as well. Republicans want to toss you out. Obama wants to bring you in. They hate the color of Obama’s skin just like they hate the color of yours. Hey White America, you aren’t part of that group who hates non-whites are you? If not, you better get out and vote for Barack Obama.
Ulsterman: That sounds overly simplistic and insulting to voters. You really think something like that would actually work?
Insider: Hell yes-yes… it can work. It’s not gonna come so easy as it did in 2008, but that’s why they plan to ramp it up – the race issue.
In that report we noted the distinct possibility that the Obama Team would Incite Race Riots and attempt to Use White Guilt in 2012 Election:
A politician, especially at the highest levels, will stop at nothing to maintain their power. President Obama is no different, and considering that mouthpieces in his administration have repeatedly referred to unsupportive segments of the electorate as terrorists and racists, is it any wonder they are considering this strategy?Does anyone expect the President to successfully run on the economy, health care, tax cuts, or budget reductions?
I don't have any snappy cute remarks to make about this godd*mned disgrace. The only thing I can say is that if you believe what you see on TV and take that as gospel truth, then please.... Go back to your sleep or back to your coma...
They've got a special TV program on especially for the likes of you.
In my opinion, and as someone who has worked in the mass media for decades, I don't believe there is any place in journalism for these sorts of examples of malicious corporate propaganda.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports: "NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida." I wrote this blog post on March 31, it's now April 8. What the hell took NBC so long to fire that guy? And, if that producer is black, then I believe that the shooter, Zimmerman, could have a case against NBC news that his civil rights have been violated. If so, I hope he sues NBC for tens of millions of dollars.... And wins!
Agreed. It's a naked and reckless power play by Obama and several others. I have had friends who moved back to Florida from Japan, and they keep saying "Wait until the going gets rough - the Japanese will take it out of the foreigners." That may or may not be true, but tribal warfare is already in play in the US. And, frankly, I am less afraid of the Japanese government than Iam of the US gov't - something I never would have thought possible 20 years ago.
Who checked the 'cool' box? There's nothing cool about this, imho.
Anonymous wrote, "Wait until the going gets rough - the Japanese will take it out of the foreigners."
I keep coming across this type of thinking online as well, applied to any country that is not the unitedstate.
I am very skeptical of such happening. It's as if People in other countries are perceived by Americans as rabid dogs chomping at the bit just waiting for a reason to kill every foreigner in sight. - Hack hack hack with a machete? -(Yeesh, that describes a lot of Americans, eh?)
I think the prevalence of this type of 'scenario' is just part of a bigger ploy to try and keep Americans from leaving the country.
The other day I was talking to an older Person who watches TV a lot (quite representative of the average older American) and I mentioned the option of moving to places such as Chile, Mexico or Guam as a retirement location.
Know what the response was to that? You'll never guess. ...
This Person didn't want to move to where 'they' cut off the hands of People caught stealing.
I was thrown for a loop, wow.
I thought, how did this come from Chile, Mexico or Guam?
This Person went on to say they wanted to stay in the unitedstate where they *knew* what the laws were and the jails were nicer. I was then informed how terrible the jails were in other countries.
I said, "The Law is dead".
Whoosh, it went right over their head. I tried to explain a bit but I could tell I was wasting my breath.
I think I'm going to have to download that song, I'd Like A Moat Too, Please.
This article brings up a number of interesting questions.
The fact that a radically distorted picture can so easily fan the flames of hatred and violence, does not seem to bode well for the human race in general, if not the US in particular. When one sees the fact that there has been ethnic, religious, or cultural, hatred from almost every ethnic or cultural group at some point in time, running all the way up to the Holocaust, does not bode well for the world IMHO. The situation seems to show what a thin veneer civilisation actually is, does it not?
How many riots, or outright ethnic pogroms, have happened in the US in the last 200+ years due to either real, or imagined injustices? If it seems so easy in the US to metaphorically fan the flames of hatred and violence in the US, how much further will people have to be pushed until one is literally fanning the flames of of violence in the form of another burning city?
It seems troubling in the US, and the world for that matter, that so many actions are judged not by the action itself, but by the cultural or ethnic makeup of the perpetrator and victim. This article is IMHO one of the more interesting, and yet troubling articles, since it brings up a number of issues in the US that I don't have an answer to, and it appears no one in power does either.
-All the best
Now that I think about it, the photo of the kid flipping the bird might've been kind of cool.
Also, they're *still* showing the edited and spliced audio:
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Now, NBC Caught Creating Distorted Zimmerman Clip
"Looks like MSM wants to start a race war."
Such is the nature of the politically charged and addle-minded "media" we have here in America.All of the outlets WANT a race riot to erupt because that will bring in more "better" ratings.Honesty in the media died a long,long time ago and even then they were not at all honest. The shameless inciting and biases propagated by the media over the Trayvon Martin incident is being picked up accepted as truth by the international media,witch can be just as dis-honest as the likes of msnbc and fox news.
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