Booker T PicHow News Media Bias Ups The Ante!

By Joseph E Rathjen
July 15th, 2013

If the trial and media lynching of George Zimmerman has taught us anything, it is that the major news networks show media bias and instigate undue influence when reporting high-profile news events. We just do not know who to believe anymore – omitting this, editing that, it seems that anything goes, and it is all at the cost of fair and accurate news reporting.

Take for example, the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. Here was a racially charged, publicized trial on live TV that turned into a three-ring, media circus of unprecedented proportions. Social commentators went on to the network evening news shows, to spittle out their racially motivated opinions that networks like CNN soaked-up like a ten-year-old, dry sponge. One news agency (NBC) even had to apologize and admit to bias editing of a recorded 911 call in the Trayvon martin murder case.

NBC reported the 911 call 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 Dispatcher: “Ok, and this guy – is he black, white or Hispanic?”

Zimmerman: “He looks black.”

The edited NBC version ran this way:

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

In the beginning of the 911 recording, Zimmerman never mentioned or implied that Trayvon Martin was black, until the 911 dispatcher questioned him. By omitting important and relevant words of the exchange, it suggested that Zimmerman had already profiled Trayvon Martin, and was eager to report that he was black, which was simply not true.

Take also, the example of how the news media labeled George Zimmerman as a “white-Hispanic.” By infusing the word white into his ethnic origin, it fueled racial overtones that have existed between whites and blacks for decades in this country. It’s ironic, however, how the news media refused to report how Zimmerman had mentored two young, black children whose father was in prison, and how Zimmerman was actively involved in community outreach programs that benefited the community in Sanford, Florida.

Sanford, Fla., itself has become the victim of unfair and unsubstantiated newspaper reports. The “South Florida Times” recently ran an editorial that said that Sanford is “notorious for being biased against black males and…has a history of justice being warped in favor of white people.”

The inherent dangers and practice of editing, omitting and spinning important facts in news reporting on criminal trials is widespread and has become common practice by many news organizations and journalists. By doing so, prospective jurors in high profile, murder cases, can easily be influenced to a pre-perceived notion of a suspect’s innocence or guilt long before a trial even begins.

Would it be fair or in good taste for the news media to start referring to President Obama as a white-black, American?

But why would the news networks care, they have a more immediate objective – which is higher news ratings and the important task of influencing public opinion, whether it be fair or not.

©Copyright – Joseph E Rathjen – All Rights Reserved- 2013

Joseph E Rathjen is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. His Blog can be seen at https://josephrathjen.wordpress.com

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5 thoughts on “How News Media Bias Ups The Ante!

  1. This case never should have garnered such media attention, it is very much like many killings that go on daily across this nation. The fact that so many people came to know about it is due to the Race-Baiters who don’t care about the circumstances but rather how well they can stir up the hive.

    The MSM in this nation has really kicked journalism to the curb, everybody now has an agenda as you pointed out with NBC. I would add that ABC had the images of Zimmerman’s wounds and sat on them as well for a month or so. A verdict was sought in this case long before it went to trial and the saddest part of that is so many people jumped on the band wagon. You are correct, the news media upped the ante. I truly believed the odds were too great to be overcome,

    Racism in this country will never die because there are a select group of people who see to that by trying to inject it into various issues on a continual basis. Morgan Freeman said the only way racism will go away is for people to quit talking about it. When I use the term racism I view it as a two way street as sadly there seems to be enough to go both ways.

    • I totally agree. The news media is still going on and on about it even today. Now they’re starting to attack the juror who got interviewed on CNN. They’re trying to pit her against the other 5 jurors. It’s going to be a long, hot summer!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • It is unbelievable that in this day and age such childish actions from people who are supposed to be professionals. A long hot summer indeed.

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