Saturday, April 14, 2012

Media Cannot Escape Andrew Breitbart

The liberal commentariat could scarcely contain its relief when Andrew Breitbart unexpectedly passed away. Breitbart made it his mission to hold what he dubbed the Democrat/media complex accountable. Judging from their recent behavior, they thought themselves liberated from Breitbart’s relentless oversight.

They were wrong.

Andrew Breitbart passed away on the first day of March. The liberal media almost immediately reverted to form and concocted an explosive race baiting narrative around the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

 In some ways it was a replay of the Duke lacrosse team fiasco. But this was worse. In 2006, the media relentlessly pursued a racial victimization narrative and ignored exculpatory evidence. This time, they fabricated evidence.

The Duke lacrosse team was composed mostly of wealthy white boys. The alleged victim was a low income African-American girl. According to the narrative, these spoiled rich white boys sexually assaulted the poor black girl. The evidence said she lied. The media clung bitterly to the narrative in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Trayvon Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman, who claims to have fired his gun in self defense. The Florida State Attorney reviewed the evidence and concluded that there wasn’t enough to contradict Zimmerman’s story and no charges were filed.

Then the liberal news media got involved.

The liberal news media pursues ratings and narratives. The Trayvon Martin tragedy presented them with opportunities for both, social and human consequences be damned.

Alarm klaxons rang when the news media told us that Martin was a 17-year old, but chose as its Trayvon avatar a photo showing what appeared to be an angelic-looking 13 or 14 year old. Was that really the most representative photo of Trayvon Martin they could find? Or were they constructing the narrative?

It was the latter.

Then they really got to work.

MSNBC, and later its parent network, NBC, deceptively edited George Zimmerman’s 911 call to the police. The New York Times duplicated their deceit.

Here’s a transcript of the original 911 phone call:

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.

Here is what NBC broadcast and what MSNBC posted:

Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good… he looks black.” busted them.

ABC News played its own games with reality. ABC broadcast a grainy, low resolution video that purported to show an uninjured George Zimmerman. Shortly afterward, showed the video in high definition and it revealed an obvious wound on the back of Zimmerman’s head. Two days later, ABC News miraculously enhanced its video and discovered the same injury.

CNN played a recording of George Zimmerman’s 911 phone call and claimed that it “clearly” revealed Zimmerman uttering a racial slur.

It was anything but clear. I heard it and if someone had told me that I was listening to mating bighorn sheep, I’d have believed it.

After bringing in a real audio expert, CNN sheepishly confessed that Zimmerman said nothing of the sort.

Six years ago, after the mainstream media was forced to back down from its Duke lacrosse team embarrassment, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas famously defended the media’s behavior by arguing that, “We just got the facts wrong. The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong."

It was what they wanted to believe and they were willing ignore to evidence and destroy lives to sustain their narrative.

This time, the media were so convinced that they had the narrative right that they manufactured the facts.

And now that they’ve been caught in their own snares, most of the liberal media have begun a climb down, leaving the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton/New Black Panthers/MSNBC/Barack Obama axis to twist in the wind.

"I'm not looking to slay the dragon,” Breitbart once said, “but I wanted to embarrass the dragon into being a more reasonable dragon."

He died before he could accomplish that objective. But he left behind a new media empire to carry on his crusade.

The original Andrew Breitbart may be gone, but we’re all Breitbarts now.

If there is any justice in any of this, it’s in the fact that Zimmerman is a far left Democrat. If anyone else had fired that gun, Zimmerman would be chanting “no justice, no peace,” alongside Al Sharpton.


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