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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@Julie- Let's see how much of a Coward you are! Trayvon Martins Mother said- "THEY KLLED MY SON" & THEY are trying to ruin his reputation! This much I give you- " THEY" as in Reputation - that would be the Media! Who is she talking about- " THEY KILLED MY SON- Who is They! Let's see how much of a useless Gypsie you are!

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Regarding the pics, this changes nothing for me. An armed man stalked a teenager and then shot him. His fathers influence and his race won him preferrential treatment at the investigation. No doubt he is already paying for it, forced into hiding, tormented by his demons, drenched in shame and guilt. I hope to see him put before a jury of his peers very very soon. End.

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Did I just stumble into Klan meeting? @Texas would I be correct to assume that you are the ranking Klan member here? Also would you post links to corroborate your alleged statistics? Because I hear 98% of bigots invent 85% of their statistics on the spot. Said bigots have been noted ANECDOTALLY to throw madeup statists into debates that they are losing. Everyone knows they do it, everyone. Its a known fact. Right Texas? Provide links to non-Klan/NAZI studies corroborating your stats or shut the fook up.

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is it possible or impossible to get whites to understand that blacks hate us everyday. they hate the whites they date. they hate the cops. they hate the people they work with. they stay all day in church and talk about injustice by whites. is it possible that we can Wakeup.

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In time all this will end. Racial Profiling is the " Throwdown Excuse" Blacks are using this as their excuse for rage. At the end of this- Blacks will continue to Murder each other in the Streets but you won't hear a peep. Race Crime will still be 90% Black on White! Blacks will scream Race Crime every chance they get! I hope this TRAGEDY wakes up the White Community! I hope it shows you that in a blink of an eye- You will be HATED and you didn't even go outside that day.

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SHARPTON, JACKSON, LEE, ALL LOVE TO USE THE, RACISM, WORD. A CRIMINAL, WHO HAPPENS TO BE BLACK, CSN COME OUT OF A GROCERY STORE, HE JUST HELD UP, BE ARMED WITH A DAMN AK, SHOOT AT THE COPS, THEY RETURN FIRE, SEND HIM, WHERE HE BELONGS, IN THE GROUND, AND THESE PARASITES WILL YELL, "RACIST COPS!" YOU CAN BEAT SOMEONE TO DEATH. ZIMMERMAN DID THE RIGHT THING, TO SAVE HIMSELF. IF HE'S FOUND GUILTY, WHICH HE WON'T BE, THEN HE SHOULD BE POSECUTED, NOT NOW.

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@ Samuel Jew isnt a race neither is Peruvian dear... At the guy "Palmer" who says his father is Hispanic yes he maybe but what is his race because Hispanic /Latino is only a culture/ethnicity which isnt race at all ... If your dad is Hispanic what race are you guys because Hispanics are Black,white,indigneous, asian etc....

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The scarecrow kept his brain which means you've been running around with a big hollow space in your cranium. Sad.

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And top of everything why is everyone focused on the pictures, pictures dont mean anything, today my teacher showed us 2 pictures of two different people and he told us to try and write an autobiography about both of them and we found out that old saying was true you cant judge a book by its cover

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either way, Zimmerman was wrong because when the called the police they told him not to follow Treyvon, so either way he was in the wrong, tell the truth if you were walking by yourself and soome man with a gun started following you and you noticed that he was caring a gun what would you do?

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