This is very disturbing and something that should scare all of us... I assure you that this has little to do with a court case that many of us are
exhausted of discussing, rather I share the following because it demonstrates not only a clear example of media manipulation to further a narrative,
but also showcases how all other MSM outlets blindly followed the narrative being pushed by one news organization and failed to challenge poor
reporting via visual media with actual context in printed media. I never completely bought into the fact that the United States media is
likely/probably completely controlled in terms of messaging and narratives dictated by the US Government... until now.
Let me explain:
On Thursday 25 July 2013, ABC News announced it had conducted an interview with a juror from the Zimmerman trial. In making the announcement, ABC
News provided other media outlets with a series of quotes from the interview that had been conducted a couple hours before the announcement but had
not yet aired.
On paper, these quotes demonstrated this juror was trying to appease all potential viewers as her words covered the extremes of both sides of the
In broadcasting the interview, ABC News manipulated/edited the jurors comments to showcase one extreme end of the spectrum while disregarding the
The best/only take on this egregious distortion can be found in the following must-read article from Slate.com:
Did George Zimmerman Get Away With Murder?
The media are reporting that a juror says Zimmerman is guilty of murder. That’s not true.
Did George Zimmerman get away with murder? That’s what one of his jurors says, according to headlines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los
Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. Trayvon Martin’s mother and the Martin family’s attorney are trumpeting this
“new information” as proof that “George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.”
The reports are based on an ABC News interview with Juror B29, the sole nonwhite juror. She has identified herself only by her first name, Maddy.
She’s been framed as the woman who was bullied out of voting to convict Zimmerman. But that’s not true. She stands by the verdict. She yielded to
the evidence and the law, not to bullying. She thinks Zimmerman was morally culpable but not legally guilty. And she wants us to distinguish between
this trial and larger questions of race and justice.
ABC News hasn’t posted a full unedited video or transcript of the interview. The video that has been broadcast—on World News Tonight, Nightline,
and Good Morning America—has been cut and spliced in different ways, often so artfully that the transitions appear continuous. So beware what
you’re seeing. But the video that’s available already shows, on closer inspection, that Maddy has been manipulated and misrepresented. Here are
the key points.
At this point, I'd encourage the reader to read the entire article at the link above because, in order to comply with ATS rules I will only list the
author's points and not share the context (but that's what links are for...)
1. The phrase “got away with murder” was put in her mouth.
2. She stands by the verdict.
3. She thinks the case should never have gone to trial.
4. The jury was not ethnically divided on Zimmerman’s culpability.
5. Race wasn’t discussed, and she didn’t focus on it.
6. She was no pushover in the jury room.
7. To the extent she feels racial or ethnic pressure, it’s against Zimmerman.
8. Acquittal is not personal—or national—exoneration.
The above 8 points were essentially made available by ABC News i(n the form of quotes from the interviewee) before a clip of the interview was ever
broadcast on TV or online.
When the edited interview was broadcast, those 8 points seem to have gotten trapped in a vacuum somewhere because they didn't seem to be included as
they would have derailed the narrative that someone is pushing.
While all of the information was available to ABC News competitors, not one attempted to present the voice of the juror whose words were yearning to
achieve balance and appease all viewers and, in doing so, criticize a competitor for their manipulation of the facts; every other MSM outlet blindly
followed the exact narrative of ABC News and all pushed the outrage messaging... but who is pulling the strings of these puppets and setting the
narrative??? Because it seems clear that not all MSM outlets can miss the obvious unless their message is controlled.
edit on 7/27/2013 by
NickDC202 because: (no reason given)
edit on 7/27/2013 by NickDC202 because: (no reason given)