Why The Old Media Won't Show
Recent Pictures of TrayVon Martin
Recent Pictures of TrayVon Martin
You may have noticed since the shooting death of TrayVon Martin was elevated to a national story the past 2 weeks that the Mainstream Media keeps showing the same 2-3 pictures of Martin from when he was around 12-13 years old.
This seems kind of curious because as everybody knows, Martin was 17 years old when he died after a physical altercation with 28 year old George Zimmerman that turned deadly when a single shot was fired from Zimmerman's handgun.
It's only natural to ask when a story is given this much national attention why all pictures of the victim have to be from 4-5 years ago. So why isn't the MSM showing any recent pictures of TrayVon Martin?
The answer? Because the Martin family - which is being counseled by Al Sharpton & Friends - haven't supplied them with any. Is this just a totally innocent oversight? I don't believe so.
As more facts and eyewitness testimony have to come light in the past week, we need to remember the narrative that was sold into order to make this story go 'national' in the first place. What was the story everyone was initially told?
A white man stalked a black teenager that he thought looked suspicious, then got out of his car and chased the teenager on foot, then shot him to death with a handgun, and despite the guy's obvious guilt, the police never arrested him or charged him.
That's what we were initially told. Along with a story about how the man was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and under his breath he appeared to mutter "These f**king coons, they always get away..."
This story was taken national because it fit a template that Sharpton and others have to sell to the media about racism. Although white-on-black murder is exceedingly rare, Sharpton and others will use these cases to attempt to prove that racism is still systemic and endemic in American society.
For the narrative to work though, they have to 'prove' Zimmerman is a racist and that he shot Martin in cold blood.
This past week the narrative has already started to unravel. It turns out Zimmerman isn't a 'white man', he's Hispanic with black family members and friends. Not a very promising candidate to hang your national 'America is racist!' meme on.
CNN brought an audio expert onto one of their shows who cleaned up the background noise and highlighted the part of the 911 tape where Zimmerman supposedly said the word 'coons'.
As Ace pointed out at Ace of Spades, if you suggest to somebody before playing the tape that the dim, almost unintelligible word they are about to hear is 'coons', then that is what they will hear. They actually pulled this trick a while back when they claimed Mickey Kantor called voters in Indiana 'white ni**ers'.
If I told you before you played the audio tape of Kantor, "He's going to say 'white ni**ers' on this tape, listen for it!", that is what a lot of people would interpret him to be saying there.
A lot of people listening to this cleaned up audio tape don't hear Zimmerman saying 'coons'. They hear him saying 'punks', with the middle of the word fading out.
But this was the biggest thing they had to 'prove' the murder of Martin was motivated by racism, and that the Sanford PD was covering it up and letting Zimmerman walk away scott free, what this guy muttered under his breath in an almost unintelligible part of a cell phone conversation.
Now that doubt was cast on that, they needed something else to 'prove' racist intent on Zimmerman's part. As you saw in an earlier post, NBC News and MSNBC then decided to try to 'help' keep the narrative strong by engaging in deceptive editing of both the transcript and the audio of the 911 call.
If it was as crystal clear that Zimmerman is a racist as Sharpton and others are claiming, and that Martin's killing was motivated by racism, why do they have to keep 'suggesting' what is said on that audio tape and why do people have to keep 'helping' the claim by distorting the facts?
Here's another fact that emerged this week that doesn't help the story being told: Not only was there a physical fight between Martin and Zimmerman, there are eyewitness accounts that back up what Zimmerman told the police: Martin hit him first and jumped on top of him and was beating him senseless.
The protests come the day after an anonymous witness to Martin's death claimed that he may have attacked Zimmerman before the shooting at a gated community in Florida.
The witness, known only as John, told Sanford police that he saw Martin on top of George Zimmerman shortly before the fatal shot that has led to a national outcry, including a huge 'hoodie' march in Philadelphia last night. He recounted the details to Fox 35 News in Florida.
The witness told FOX 35 in Orlando that he saw evidence of a fight between Martin and Zimmerman, which could lend credence to the gunman's claim that he was acting in self-defence.
'The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: "Help, help… and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,' he said.
Zimmerman was wearing a red sweater; Martin was in a grey hoodie.
He added: 'When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.'
This account is drastically different from the portrait painted of Martin by his friends and acquaintances.
Friends of the slain 17-year-old say they cannot imagine him getting involved in a fight, and insist that he was not violent.
In addition, an eyewitness, 13-year-old Austin Brown, told police he saw a man fitting Zimmerman's description lying on the grass moaning and crying for help just seconds before he heard the gunshot that killed Martin.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. He was not arrested.
For the narrative to have full impact, Martin has to be a passive victim. He certainly can't INSTIGATE a violent fight with Zimmerman, yet this is what is emerging from what witnesses told the police.
So why have they only been releasing pictures of Martin when he was 12-13 years old? Because the Martin family - and their advisers - know what they were told by the police: we have eyewitnesses that your son attacked Zimmerman first and was on top of him and beating on him when he was shot.
An attempt has been made to create a deliberate perception that the idea that THIS TrayVon Martin would start - and be winning - a physical fight with a 28 year old man is preposterous:
You're still not convinced? OK, here's another picture of Martin from 4-5 years ago:
Getting the point yet? How could you possibly believe this innocent young child would start a fight with a grown man and be capable of winning that fight?
THIS is why they can't show you a recent picture. Because they knew from the very beginning from what the police told them their son started the fight and was doing a pretty good job of kicking Zimmerman's ass at the time he was shot.
Seems to me one of the first things Al Sharpton and Co. figured out is that they need to try to create a public perception of Martin as a CHILD. Not a 17 year old young man. Because they knew there were eyewitnesses out there that had told police Martin started the altercation was sitting on Zimmerman pounding away at him when he was shot.
Eventually all the facts will come out. Forensics and ballistics should quite easily demonstrate the positioning of the two people involved in this fatal event when the single gunshot occurred. If it turns out Zimmerman was on the bottom getting his head pounded into the sidewalk, the narrative of a small child who wouldn't possibly start a fight with a grown man will quickly be memory-holed by those who were trying to sell it to the public.
And we need to remember that the people pushing the 'racism in America' angle to take this story national and keep it national because of their agenda are the only ones that would be upset about recent pictures finally surfacing.
TrayVon is still dead and he shouldn't be. But does it really help if people use him for their own agenda, twist and distort facts and try to create a perception that he was a small child instead of a very large young man?
UPDATE: Within minutes of putting this post up, I am informed the Martin family shared recent photos of their son TrayVon with Global Grind in a news article that was posted on March 31st:
So after 2 straight weeks of 4-5 year old child pictures, I guess the strategy was becoming a bit too obvious.
Here's a recent pic showing TrayVon at a family gathering. He's the tallest guy in the picture standing at the far right:
I can easily picture someone that physically large giving 28 year old George Zimmerman all he could handle in a physical altercation.