Media Narrative Fail: ABC Finally Enhances Video Showing Gashes and Welts on Zimmerman’s Head

April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm (ABC News, Big Journalism, Daily Caller, Dan Riehl, FBI, Florida, George Zimmerman, Mediaite, Police, Shooting, Surveillance, Tommy Christopher, Trayvon Martin, Video)

ABC News has been caught in a clear-cut case of journalistic malpractice this past week.  No matter your feelings on the Trayvon Martin case, this is indisputable evidence of the media trying to advance a narrative – and failing miserably.

ABC was apparently so excited about having obtained exclusive police surveillance video last week, that they posted it and subsequently came to their own conclusions.  The headline blasted, “Trayvon Martin Video Shows No Blood or Bruises on George Zimmerman.”

Other media lapdogs ran with it, to the point where the lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents referred to the video as “the smoking gun“.

You know who actually went out of their way to perform research and produce actual journalism regarding the video?  Conservative blogs.

The Daily Caller posted a still image the following day which appeared to show a laceration on the back of George Zimmerman’s head.  Liberal’s such as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher mocked the Caller’s attempt at video analysis, while posting the original ABC video yet again.

But then, Dan Riehl over at Big Journalism followed up on the video report, finding further evidence that ABC had falsely presented the clip as evidence that Zimmerman had lied about being assaulted.

Riehl’s report read:

A new High Definition clip from the same video appears to make clear that Zimmerman had a gash or wound of some kind on the back of his head. That would be totally consistent with his version of events on the night in question and opposite the impression ABC News gave its viewers.

Big Journalism called the ABC video-based report reckless and revealing of nothing after it first aired. ABC’s presumed ability to enhance and review video before airing only makes their report all the more outrageous. Given analysis by Breitbart Media and the Daily Caller already performed, the ABC video appeared to be inconclusive, at best.

The new High Defintion clip from the police video Breitbart TV is releasing means that any determination beyond that the video is inconclusive is shoddy, if not intentionally unethical, journalism. To date, ABC has offered no official response to the broad and convincing criticism of the disingenuous nature of their aired report.

And now the DC and Big Journalism have had their vindication, with ABC News having to issue a ‘clarified’ version of the video, showing gashes and welts on Zimmerman’s head.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

ABC News has re-digitized video of George Zimmerman taken shortly after Trayvon Martin’s shooting.

The video was unveiled as an exclusive this morning on “Good Morning America.” ABC was the first news organization to show the original tape.

Reporter Matt Gutman said the clearer video shows “what appear to be a pair of gashes or welts on George Zimmerman’s head.”

Neighborhood Watch volunteer Zimmerman has said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon in self-defense. The video shows Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford Police Department within an hour after the shooting.

Gutman said the video had been “clarified” by Forensic Protection Inc. Former FBI Special Agent Brad Garrett told ABC that the clearer video shows “marks on the back of Mr. Zimmerman’s head.”

I’m glad ABC finally took the time to have the video reviewed by experts and clarified, but perhaps they should have done that in the first place.

Whether or not the clarified video will receive as much coverage as the original remains to be seen.  But one thing is for certain – none of the hard working journalists at the Daily Caller and Big Journalism will receive any credit for revealing the failed media narrative pushed by ABC.  ABC alone will receive praise, none of it deserved.

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Flags Flown at Half-Staff for Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III

April 2, 2012 at 11:01 am (Afghanistan, America, Flags, Governor Cuomo, Heroes, New York)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, April 2, in honor of a New York soldier who died in Afghanistan on March 26.

Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III died in Paktika province as a result of wounds from small arms fire. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, based in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Staff Sergeant Wilson was from Getzville, Erie County.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Staff Sergeant Wilson,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will always be grateful for the service and dedication of this New York soldier.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

MyFoxNY reports:

The International Security Assistance Force said an apparent Afghan police officer shot and killed Wilson at a security checkpoint.

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Science Today: Global Warming Skeptics are Racists Who Need to be Diagnosed

April 2, 2012 at 7:57 am (Diagnose, Disease, Environment, Global Warming, Kari Norgaard, Racism)

The question is kind of a ‘chicken or the egg’ type of issue.  Does global warming make you go nuts, or do you have to be nuts to buy into global warming?

Via Gateway Pundit:

Another day… Another attack on the “deniers.”
Radical, nutty, propagandist Professor Kari Norgaard has followed the lead of all the other Liberals who can’t use data and facts to win their argument.  Professor Norgaard, from the University of Oregon, says to deny Global Warming junk science is “racism.”  But, it’s even more absurd than that.  If you reject the junk data, corruption, and blatant grab for power that is the Green Movement she wants you diagnosed with a disease.  And treated.
Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be “treated”, according to an Oregon-based professor of “sociology and environmental studies”. Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South.
According to an Oregon uni statement announcing the paper:
Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized and treated …
“This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat,” [Norgaard] said.
The discussion, she said, is comparable to what happened with challenges to racism or slavery in the U.S. South.’

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