New Photo Shows Bloodied George Zimmerman on Night of Trayvon Martin Shooting

December 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm (Florida, George Zimmerman, Shooting, Trayvon Martin)

Professional race-baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson unavailable for comment.

Via Weasel Zippers:

This is a photo of George Zimmerman taken by a police officer on the night of February 26, 2012. A black and white photocopy of this image was provided by the State in the first Discovery. This high-resolution digital file was finally provided to the defense on October 29, 2012. This image was disclosed in the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery. In accordance with the updates to our media policy that we published on November 13, we will be making all public documents related to the case available on our website, including the rest of the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery as soon as we are sure it has been properly redacted according to the Court’s stipulations on protecting information regarding specific witnesses.

This coincides with another image released last April which showed the back of Zimmerman’s head.

Remember this was the same man that ABC described as having “no blood or bruises” after they reviewed a police surveillance video.

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Breaking: Several People Shot Outside Empire State Building, Gunman Dead

August 24, 2012 at 10:51 am (Empire State Building, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, New York, Shooting, Violence)

Several people have been shot outside the Empire State building this morning.  Some reports indicate that as many as 10 people have been injured, while the gunman has been reportedly shot dead by police.

According to the AP:

Law enforcement officials in New York City say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building in violence that stemmed from a workplace dispute, and that the gunman has been killed by police.

Police say as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many of them were hit by bullets.

The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. Friday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Fox News has reported that the workplace dispute was a result of the shooter being fired just yesterday.

Sky News video indicates that two people have been confirmed dead, one of them being the shooter.

Before Bloomberg gets on his soapbox in 3… 2… 1… please keep in mind what instruments were used by police to stop the shooter.  Violence doesn’t end in a situation like this until the law-abiding folks with guns show up to stop the killing.

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Proof in a Single Sentence That Guns Don’t Kill People, Gun Control Kills People

August 8, 2012 at 11:51 am (Butter Knife, Gun Control, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Second Amendment, Shooting, Sikh Temple, Wade Page, Wisconsin)

If ever there were a more descriptive sentence on the issue of gun control, and why curbing Second Amendment rights only serves to hurt or even kill law-abiding citizens, I have yet to see it.

Tucked away in a Huffington Post article about the motivation behind the horrific shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is this statement (h/t Ben Howe):

“The dead included temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a butter knife.

Incredible.

Perhaps as Boortz said in regards to the Aurora shooting:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

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Mayor Bloomberg Already Using Colorado Shooting to Promote Gun Control

July 20, 2012 at 9:43 am (Aurora, Colorado, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Second Amendment, Shooting, Theater Shooting, Tragedy)

Never let a tragedy go to waste, eh Mr. Bloomberg?  Not even 12 hours out and this…
From Politico (h/t Right Scoop):

Asked about the Colorado mass shootings at a movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said politicians needed to offer policy proposals in addition to prayers and sympathy.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during an interview on WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York City. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” he continued. “It’s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK. Tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?”

I would counter that with this:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

No time like the present to start spouting off more nanny state garbage I guess…

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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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Correction Request: Times Union Reports Trayvon Martin Was Shot For Wearing a Hoodie

March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am (Albany, Florida, George Zimmerman, Hoodie, New York, Shooting, Teenager, Times Union, Trayvon Martin)

Is the Times Union privy to information the rest of the nation isn’t aware of yet?  In a report titled, Hoods Up In Albany, an image includes the following caption (emphasis mine):

Corrie Terry, left, speaks as four-year-old Aviell Chairs of Schenectady holds a sign in honor of Trayvon Martin during the “Hoodies In the Hood March 4 Justice” in Albany N.Y., Saturday March 24, 2012. On February 26, Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Florida after being confronted by George Zimmerman, who saw the unarmed 17-year-old walking through a gated community. Zimmerman followed and then shot and killed Trayvon because he was wearing a hoodie.

Stating that Trayvon was killed “because he was wearing a hoodie” is mere speculation at this point, and not currently supported by facts.  The tragedy is bad enough on its own merit, without the Times Union fanning the flames with shoddy tabloid journalism.

The Mental Recession has sent the following correction request to the Times Union, in the hopes that they will correct this oversight.

Good Evening,
Your article, Hoods Up In Albany, includes a picture which incorrectly states that Trayvon Martin was shot ‘because he was wearing a hoodie’.  It should have included the word ‘alleged’ or ‘believed’ at the very least, as no one really knows what happened as of yet.  

Furthermore, new witnesses are coming forward to cast doubt on the reasons that Martin was shot:

Frank Taaffe, Zimmerman’s neighbor, came forward Saturday to back up the embattled neighborhood watch volunteer. And a new bombshell witness in the case supported Zimmerman’s account of the incident, according to Fox 35, who spoke to the witness.

“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘Help! Help!’ … and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” the witness said.

Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie, and Zimmerman was wearing red. When police found Zimmerman, he was bloodied around the head.

While it certainly sells newspapers, such a statement of fact when no facts have been established only serves to fan the flames of tension this case involves right now.

I look forward to reading the correction.

Again, to be clear, nobody knows the facts in this case on one side or the other.  The Times Union should recognize this and report such possibilities as just that – possibilities, not fact.

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