The front page of AOL leads to a Huffington Post article about Trayvon Martin that is so ridiculously over the top – if the issue was not so serious it would be funny. From the optic of the banner graphic headline (copied below), to the complete fabrication of some facts, to the remaining filler verbage being, well, blatantly avoiding the known reality.
This is the type of reporting, wait,…. I don’t know if reporting is even appropriate in this example. More apropos descriptive would be ‘propaganda’, so blatantly biased that it fills the casual reader with disinformation and in some cases outright falsehoods. Worse yet, this type of dishonest story telling diminishes the actual substance of concern within the real issue itself.
Copied and deconstructed (italicized) in its entirety to showcase the manipulation.
Yes, this is the actual banner picture on their page. Cute kid isn’t he? Guess it would have been too much to expect a picture more recent than 8 years ago. Makes ya feel all sympathetic and so forth… (*note he was seventeen in reality)
MIAMI — Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that’s how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.
Nice way to draw sentiment and sympathy… you can picture it. Only one problem. What does it have to do with factual information? Nothing.
Starting a fight? Possibly high on drugs and up to no good? No, friends say that description of Martin from the neighborhood crime-watch volunteer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager doesn’t match the young man they knew.
“There’s no way I can believe that, because he’s not a confrontational kid,” said Jerome Horton, who was one of Martin’s former football coaches and knew him since he was about 5. “It just wouldn’t happen. That’s just not that kid.”
Notice “former football coach” no mention of how old Trayvon was when Horton coached him. Pee-Wee football? Could be… Why not mention when he coached him? Wouldn’t fit the narrative, maybe?
Martin was slain in the town of Sanford on Feb. 26 in a shooting that has set off a nationwide furor over race and justice. Neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman, whose father is white and mother is Hispanic, claimed self-defense and has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are still investigating.
George Zimmerman is a grown man. What difference does his mother and father’s ethnicity have? Notice how the entire paragraph is worded to begin the racist narrative. “claimed self-defense”… etc.
Since his death, Martin’s name and photographs – in football jerseys, smiling alongside a baby, and staring into the camera in a gray hoodie – have been held up by civil rights leaders and at rallies stretching from Miami to New York demanding Zimmerman’s arrest.
Yep, funny how the pictures of him showing off his gold teeth (grill) and flipping the finger are absent from the rallies. But then again, those pictures are far more recent. Go figure.
On Friday, President Barack Obama called the shooting a tragedy, vowed to get to the bottom of the case, and added: “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”
That sentiment was echoed by NBA star by Dwyane Wade, who along with his Miami Heat teammate LeBron James tweeted photos of themselves in hoodies in a show of solidarity.
Awwww….. the President and the Basketball stars.
“As a father, this hits home,” said Wade, who has 10- and 4-year-old sons.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday that Martin’s killing reflects “the classic struggle of our time” and said it echoes the slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was murdered in 1954 while visiting Mississippi by a group of white men. No one was ever convicted, but Till’s killing galvanized the civil rights movement.
What good would a race baiting story be without 2-J’s and some aforementioned story of civil rights sixty years ago to lend it credibility.
Jackson said he will speak at a Sanford-area church Sunday and then attend a rally in the city Monday.
We would expect no less….
An Orlando criminal defense attorney who says he represents Zimmerson told CNN on Friday that his client isn’t racist and the facts will show he acted in self-defense after a fight with the teen.
“I don’t believe that George Zimmerman’s a racist or that this was motivated by a dislike for African-Americans,” said Craig Sonner.
Where is race being drawn into the story except by the author or by the author reporting on people drawing it in? Think about it.
Since the slaying, a portrait has emerged of Martin as a laid-back young man who loved sports, was extremely close to his father, liked to crack jokes with friends and, according to a lawyer for his family, had never been in trouble with the law.
Portrait from who? And notice the subtle use of the word “portrait”. “According to a lawyer for his family”? Where’s the name of the lawyer. Is this reporting or story telling?
The son of divorced parents, he grew up in working-class neighborhoods north of Miami’s downtown. He and his father, a truck driver, were active in the Miramar Optimist Club, an organization that runs sports and academic programs for young people. Tracy Martin, the teen’s father, coached his son’s football team.
Yeah, they love to keep talking about this football player Trayvon, except there’s one issue. He hasn’t played for years. I’m surprised they didn’t mention his weekly choir practice, or kitten rescue efforts.
The boy was a swift athlete, according to a friend, and played a range of positions up to about age 14.
After he stopped playing, he remained active in the organization, volunteering six days a week from June through November of last year to help run the team’s concession stand.
Whoopsie, they just dated their pictures and admitted, however subtly that he was not playing football. Kinda makes you wonder why he stopped playing, no? Volunteering for the concession stand but not permitted to play? What gives?
Martin cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken wings alongside his father at the stand. He loved talking to the kids, asking them what position they played and whether they were good, Horton recalled. He would call the mothers “Ma’am,” and if they had a stroller or an item they needed help with, Martin stepped in.
“Everyone out there loved him,” Horton said.
Martin was tall and lanky – only 140 pounds, according to the family’s attorney – and his nickname was “Slimm.”
Nice injection of the 6′ 2″ Trayvons weight. Wonder what use that tidbit of information might have? Perhaps preparation to defend against the “fight” aspect?
The teen spent a big part of his week living with his father in a one-story, peach-colored home. Neighbor Fred Collins Jr. said he would see Trayvon Martin outside every week mowing the lawn and trimming the trees. The teen also helped Collins’ son learn how to ride a bike.
When you don’t want to say he came from a broken home you say he spent a big part of his week living with his father. Sounds so much nicer, stable even.
“He was coaching him, giving him words of advice, encouragement,” Collins said.
Again, sounds like Ward Cleaver’s boy no?
No one answered the door on a recent afternoon, and a child’s plastic tricycle sat in the driveway.
:( Sentimental and stuff…
Tracy Martin often recounted how his son saved his life. The elder Martin had begun heating up some oil to fry fish and fell asleep. The grease caught fire, and when Tracy Martin awoke and tried to put out the flames, he spilled the oil on his legs, severely burning himself. Trayvon Martin pulled his father out of the home and called 911.
Moving not so discretely from football playing Opie, to Trayvon the superhero.
Martin’s parents kept a close eye on him, but they didn’t have to be too strict, since he stayed out of trouble, Collins said. However, he had recently been suspended from school for five days for tardiness, his English teacher, Michelle Kypriss, told the Orlando Sentinel. School officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Really spinning the narrative here. They kept a close eye on him, yet he was suspended for tardiness. They kept a close eye on him yet they didn’t know he disappeared for 3 days after the shooting until notified by the Orange County coroners office? Something doesn’t pass the sniff test.
Suspended for 5 days. WRONG. School principal reports via the Miami Herald he was suspended for 10 days, that’s two school weeks. “for tardiness”? Not likely. But then again, they kept a close eye on him right?
And why would the first thing the parents lawyer think to do was seal his school records? What’s there to hide?
Martin’s father was not happy and grounded the teen for the duration of the suspension.
Yet, funny thing. He was in Orlando during his suspension and “grounded” yet somehow strolling around the neighborhood unbeknownst to the father (Tracy Martin) or his girlfriend. Huh?
Trayvon “knew he was wrong,” Horton said.
Yet, with that knowledge he ignored his “grounding” and left the house, which obviously was devoid of any adult supervision at the time. Huh?
Under state privacy law, only serious felonies appear on juveniles’ public criminal records, and Martin did not have one. Citing the same law, Sanford police Sgt. David Morgenstern said he could neither confirm nor deny the family’s statement that Martin had never gotten in legal trouble.
So, in essence the author is saying he didn’t have any “serious felonies” in his record, the rest is unknown.
Martin dreamed of becoming a pilot. He had flown on school vacations to various places around the country with his mother, skiing in Colorado one year, going off to Texas another.
“There’s no little black kids that want to be pilots,” Horton joked with him when he was about 13. “Well, I’ll be the first one,” the teen replied.
Horton, the conspicuously vague, potentially pee-wee, football coach from some unknown time ago. Nice character reference. Anything more recent? or is that too much to ask.
At Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, where Martin was a junior, he was on the quiet side, but he would sit in the middle of the classroom, participate in class and especially liked math.
Wow, there’s a real solid picture. A junior in the school he was suspended from for two weeks, but he did like math n’ stuff.
Schoolmates remembered his humorous side.
“Brrrrian!” he would call out, rolling his r’s as is done in Spanish, whenever 16-year-old Brian Paz got a phone call from his Colombian mother, the friend recalled.
“I’d just burst out laughing,” Paz said.
Paz and other friends said Martin liked rap music and funny movies. He had written some lyrics, though he hadn’t had a chance yet to perform them. Martin was especially a fan of a student musical group at his school called Bison. He had two of the group’s pins on his backpack and helped spread the word about shows.
John Emmanuel, 17, said the group was about encouraging young men to be strong, independent leaders. “That’s how we liked to think of ourselves,” Emmanuel said.
Great. Opie had a friend like Beaver Cleaver who at 17 was into “encouraging young men to be leaders” and stuff. Really?
Martin had gone up to Sanford to visit his father’s fiance, who lived there with her young son. Friends said Martin regarded the boy as his little brother and had been looking forward to watching the NBA All-Star game with him that weekend.
Was Dad along for the trip, or did he just drop him off with the girlfriend a couple hundred miles away? Again, not passing the sniff test. Anyone think to ask about adult supervision? Where was Dad?
On that Sunday, Martin went out to get candy and an iced tea at a convenience store and was walking back to the fiancée’s townhouse. Zimmerman, 28, spotted him and told a police dispatcher: “This guy looks like he is up to no good – he is on drugs or something.”
After the shooting, Zimmerman claimed that Martin attacked him as he was returning to his truck. But Martin’s friends said they find that hard to believe. They said they had never seen him fight at all.
“As far as attacking the guy without him attacking him, no way,” Horton said. (Visit HuffPo Propaganda)