Tuesday, April 3, 2012

When Fools Rush In

in 1923 out came what is now known as the "canon of journalism". This idea that media would be impartial somehow removing the human factor of the human in their writing and, thus the world of reporting would attain some higher level of importance. Akin to the medical profession's "Do no harm". Sadly to date the only people who actually ever bought into the idea that this actually exists is the journalist themselves.

Not long after the incident he was labeled a "wannabe cop" or, a fat white guy who was basically a crossing guard who wanted to go further than he actually could in life. A right wing "gun nut" as it where.

NBC, the FBI, the DOJ, ATF, the New York Post, CNN all of them attacked a character they assumed him to be with labels such as "Rambo" or "a white guy with aggression issues", generally an all around failure in life. They wanted him painted in a certain light to the public and they got it. The citizenry marched on him, called in death threats against him and, crucified him day in and day out.... all without trial. Perhaps the quote that surmised his fate was best said by the evening news anchor

"The speculation is that the FBI is close to making the case. They probably have enough to arrest him right now, probably enough to prosecute him, but you always want to have enough to convict him as well. There are still some holes in this case"

And that was essentially that.

Case closed. Now if only someone would execute the fat son of a bitch there would be justice.

But, then came the problem. He was innocent, worse yet he was actually responsible for alerting the police and saving lives.

His name was Richard Jewell.

And in 1996 when a bomb went off in Olympic Park killing one lady named, Alice Hawthorne and, wounding one hundred and eleven more a nation rallied at heartbeat pace for lynch mob justice. Had they been given reign they would have killed a innocent man.

Did George Zimmer shoot and kill Treyvon Martin?

Yes he did.

Has a nation been fired up once again on hyperbole?

Yes it has.

A gun going off and a youth killed, a murderer does not make. We must stand upon facts.

Facts damn it.

And then if need be a jury of twelve.

Nothing else.


Matt said...

Well said. No Monday morning quarterbacking. Fact.

Shrimp said...

No, no, you have it exactly backwards.

It's ready, fire, aim...right?

Facts just get in the way of a good story that sells newspapers (or page clicks or news casts).

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, George Zimmerman has had justice denied to him by the Media's need to make the story fit the Narrative.

There will never be an impartial jury for him.

The government has done nothing to stop the hate groups threatening him and his family, not the placing of bounties on his head.

Today his attorneys announced that they had lost contact with him.

Innocent though he may be, if the man has a shred of intelligence, he is long gone and will never been seen again. I hope he picks a non extradition country as his final destination.

It's sad that when I was a young man, I would have counseled him to stay and have his day in court because justice would prevail, yet today I hope he runs far and wide, because his life here is over and justice has been denied.

Old NFO said...

Excellent point, sadly I don't see people actually doing the 'right' thing...

Anonymous said...

im trying to understand..

zimmerman charged with 2nd degree, even though they didnt think grand jury would indict

so, in order to 'null' stand your ground >

1. zimmerman threatend with gun (makes no sense, martin would have gone for gun instead of hitting him, and zimmerman would have shot him before anything happened)

2. martin presented no threat of great bodily harm (he was 6 inches taller than zimmerman, high school athlete, young)

3. zimmerman 'started it' then did not try to "escape" or "withdraw" (while you might be able to prove he 'started it' how do you prove a negative for the latter)

am i missing something here?

ive read the FL stand your ground law, as well as relevant FL definitions (funny how no one else has)

The Connoroys said...

It was such a treat to meet you this past weekend at the NRA Convention. Especially since it was at a knife booth and he and I had just been talking about your right to knife articles.

My husband called you the Jason Statham of the NRA.

We love your writing style and they match the gentleman who writes them.

Thank you again.

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