Trayvon Martin Case: Is Media Biased Against George Zimmerman?

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The leak of George Zimmerman's statement to police have shed new light on the Trayvon Martin case, along with accusations of bias against the media and public.

Until Tuesday, the case had been framed from Martin's standpoint, which is certainly understandable to a point, as he was unarmed when he was shot and killed.

However, Zimmerman’s defense depicts Trayvon not as an unsuspecting youngster chased by an armed vigilante, but as a violent aggressor who left him no choice.

Some commentators point to Zimmerman’s story as evidence that the media and public have been too quick to lay blame in a case that has gripped the nation.

George Zimmerman Mug Shot
Trayvon Martin Photo

Zimmerman’s claim that he was jumped and beaten to the point where he shot Martin in self-defense seems dubious, especially if a dispatcher told him not to pursue the boy.

Nevertheless, he hasn't been charged with a crime.

You wouldn't know it by the mug shot, taken after a previous arrest, circulated by the media for the last month - most times, next to a five-year-old photo of Martin.

The contrast of the above images has indirectly but significantly shaped the way the sensationalized case is framed, turning the 17-year-old into an innocent martyr.

Martin's tragic death has sparked important public debate over racial profiling, gun laws and other broad social issues. Yet the media tends to sell a single narrative.

Consider how the following photos might portray the case instead:

George Zimmerman Picture
Trayvon Martin, Hoodie

Do a smiling Zimmerman in a suit and tie, or a current photo of Martin looking more like an adult, change your perception of either party? Probably at least a little.

NOTE: The authenticity of the Martin photo above, as well as others on the web (in which he sports fake good teeth), is disputed, but the point remains the same.

Stories such as President Obama's remarks or the "Million Hoodie March" get enormous attention and make the public fall in love with the idealized version of Martin.

The fact of the matter is, though, they have little to do with the case.

Police in Sanford, Fla., deserve to be under scrutiny for their decision not to arrest Zimmerman, but the April 10 grand jury investigation also needs to play itself out.

The truth, as is so often the case, won't be found easily. It almost unavoidably lies among a thousand shades of grey in a case of great complexity and magnitude.

By oversimplifying it and/or turning into an entertainment form, the media and public fail to honor both the deceased's memory and the accused's right to due process.

You tell us: Is there media bias in the Trayvon Martin case?

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Iam shuting down by computer, reading all this oh unjustice posting is about to make me vomit!!!!!!!!!!!! and please dont leave out wick.

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Remember God is in control not man, and He's beyond just, and He has the last say-so!!!!!!!!

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SFanntastic, you are so spiritually blinded, God saw everthing before it happened, before it is over with that murder will be arrested!!!!

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Texas: So if a girl supports Martin then shes sleeping with a black man? Whats your logic?

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*"The Real Police"

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If Zimmerman listened to what the "Real" told him to do and not follow Trayvon, this tragedy would've perhaps been avoided. So Zimmerman did stalk the child with a firearm. If there was an altercation Zimmerman seems like the likely aggressor. It wasn't like Trayvon was following him.

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Zimmerman is presumed innocent until he is found guilty. People need to wait for all the evidence to be put forth before they start making judgment calls. Also, why do they call Zimmerman a "white hispanic"? Does that me Obama is a "white african american"? See the double standard?

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"@ Fred- yes that wasn't far from me.

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Folks quick to try to paint everyone else as racist need to remember the case where an 11 year old hispanic girl was gang raped by up to 28 black boys last year in texas. Now apply the same logic. Black culture/society must be incredibly racist against hispanics and harbor such hate that they tolerate rape and pedophilia in their community. You probably dont remember the case and will hate to google it, but that kind of says enough by itself.

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@Dark Meat Julie- YouTube Larry Elders- YouTube Reverend Manning. I bet Tyrone whips your ass doesn't he? Yeah- I thought so! The Stinch you must carry!