Bob Owens Admits He Got Played by the Lame Stream Media in the Martin-Zimmerman Incident

Yeah, I know; another Martin-Zimmerman post. 

However, I feel that this whole affair is a case study in how Leftist politicians, along with their cohorts in the Lame Stream Media, manipulate public opinion in an effort to push their own agendas.  Sadly, it isn’t until much later—long after the damage is done—that the American public finally begins to wake up to the fact that they’ve been hornswoggled by a bunch of Lefturd muckraking flimflammers.

Kinda’ reminds me of an Old West lynching mob:

H/T – TGUSA for being the first to reference “The Ox-Bow Incident” in conjunction with the Martin-Zimmerman Incident.

Why I Called George Zimmerman a Murderer, and Why I Was Wrong
I won’t get fooled by media again.
by Bob Owens – April 11, 2012 – PJM

On March 17, I thought I had it all figured out. I wrote a post on my blog in which I pronounced America’s most famous neighborhood watch captain guilty:

Martin, a wispy 17-year-old-black teen, was walking to the home he was staying in after going to the convenience store for a bag of candy and a Coke. George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, stalked Martin from his car, and then well, you can read the rest.

It seems self-evident from the 911 tapes that he was psyching himself up to justify a confrontation. Zimmerman initiated the confrontation by leaving his vehicle. He then asks us to believe — absent any living witness to conflict with him — that a teen some 100 lbs. lighter than him started a fight, and that Zimmerman “had” to shoot the kid in self-defense. Does anyone but Zimmerman’s father — and an apparently incompetent Sanford PD — buy Zimmerman’s claim this was a justifiable case of self-defense?

I’ll admit that I do not know the idiosyncrasies of Florida law, but if an armed person initiates a conflict, then uses that conflict as an excuse to draw his weapon and kill the person he confronted, that sounds a lot like murder in my book. No wonder Martin’s parents are furious that the Sanford PD hasn’t filed charges against Zimmerman.

In light of the just released 911 tapes, which suggest Martin plead for his life before Zimmerman fired a second, killing shot, both Zimmerman and the Sanford PD better prepare for very expensive civil rights cases, and hope that a vigilante doesn’t act to correct a perceived injustice as some have already threatened.

How naive that post now seems. The narrative created by the media at that time was one of an innocent life taken for no reason at all, by a much older, heavier, and racist man itching for a confrontation.

That was before we found out there was only one gunshot and no coup de grâce. That was before we found out that George Zimmerman had not deluged the local police with 46 paranoid 911 calls in one year, but 46 calls over a period of eight years, which isn’t unreasonable for a community watch volunteer. The media had either lied about how often he called, or purposefully compressed the timeline.

That was before we learned that Zimmerman didn’t know Martin’s race when he made the call, and that race didn’t play a roll in any of the 911 calls the local police had on file.

That was before we discovered that George Zimmerman wasn’t the 240-plus pound bruiser in the five-year-old picture the media used as much as possible, but was listed at a much smaller 170 pounds by none other than the New York Times. That’s a nominal 20 pounds heavier than a teen that stood four inches over him.

That was before we found out that two eyewitnesses placed Martin on top of Zimmerman as the aggressor, and that at least one of them claims it was Zimmerman crying for help.

That was before ABC News attempted to claim police surveillance video disproved Zimmerman’s claim of being injured in what may have been a purposeful deception. The very same news organization was forced to later admit the presence of two lacerations on the back of George Zimmerman’s skull consistent with his claim of self-defense. In the end, details of the beating Zimmerman suffered at Trayvon Martin’s hands were only given a brief mention in the local news.

That was before NBC News was forced to fire a senior producer for selectively editing audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call in a deliberate effort to make him sound racist.

And of course, almost no one knows that on the night he took Trayvon Martin’s life, George Zimmerman willingly consented to take a voice stress analyzer test, a kind of lie detector test used by the Sanford police. He passed it.

The narrative has changed in the wake of new details, eyewitnesses, and embarrassing retreats. The actual story may in fact have been a textbook example of the proper use of deadly force.

The revised narrative is that George Zimmerman wasn’t even actively volunteering as a neighborhood watchman, but was in the process of going to the store when he happened to see a hoodie-covered figure acting oddly in the rain, in a way that Zimmerman apparently interpreted as a burglar “casing” the gated community. He called 911 and kept the dispatcher apprised of his current position as best he could, in order to try to bring the police to the scene so that they could talk with the suspicious figure. It wasn’t until partway through the call that Zimmerman was able to tell the dispatcher that he thought the suspect may be black, in a direct answer to the dispatcher’s question about the suspect’s race.

During the course of the 911 call, the dispatcher asks several times for an exact street address, which an apparently frustrated Zimmerman is unable to provide. At one point, Martin notices Zimmerman shadowing him, and disappears between buildings.

Zimmerman chooses to leave his vehicle, either to track Martin or get a street address of Martin’s current location for the responding officers. At this point, Zimmerman is no longer on the phone with the 911 operator. Trayvon Martin is allegedly on the phone with his girlfriend, right up until when the physical confrontation apparently takes place.

By piecing together the 911 call and the series of events as alleged by Martin’s still anonymous girlfriend, we can see that a man is following a teenager, and the teenager notices he is being followed. We see Zimmerman’s apparent frustration at being unable to get the police guided to the suspect — his frustrated cry of “these assholes always get away” — and see two reasons Zimmerman would have left the car after first telling the dispatcher he didn’t want to because he didn’t know where Martin was at the time.

It is at this point that the confrontation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman takes place. We have no living witnesses to the start of the confrontation, other than Mr. Zimmerman. He claims Trayvon Martin assaulted him by punching him in the face (breaking his nose), and then jumped on top of him and started pounding his head into the the pavement.

At this point, apparently two witnesses responded to cries for help. One witness, named “John,” identified the man on the bottom wearing red (George Zimmerman) as the person crying for help in 911 calls as the other person (Trayvon Martin) was on top of him. “John” moved to get a better view out another window when he heard the gunshot and then saw Martin on the ground.

A second eyewitness also identified George Zimmerman as the man on the ground crying for help.

Not one witness had a start-to-finish view of the confrontation, and even if they did, eyewitness accounts are notoriously inaccurate. But when the various aspects of the case are weaved together from what is publicly known, a more plausible and tighter narrative seems to coalesce.

Shortly after getting off the phone with the 911 dispatcher, George Zimmerman left his vehicle. He and Trayvon Martin engaged in some sort of a conversation, which is agreed upon (in a larger context) by both Martin’s girlfriend, who was on the phone with him at the time, and Zimmerman’s account.

At that point, the call between Martin and his girlfriend terminated, and her testimony is of no further value.

Zimmerman alleges that Martin punched him in the face, breaking his nose and knocking him down with one punch. Basic forensic details, such as the grass stains on Zimmerman’s back and the injuries to his face reported by police and the resulting swelling and bruising reported by the neighbor the next day, make this at least plausible.

Zimmerman claims that Martin then jumped on top of him and began bashing his head against the sidewalk, and he began crying for help. Again, this part of Zimmerman’s story is at least partially corroborated by the eyewitness testimony, police reports, the enhanced police department video that shows two substantial lacerations on the back of Zimmerman’s head, and the reported bandages and swelling the neighbor confirmed the next day.

Zimmerman claims that Martin then saw and went for his gun. There were no eyewitnesses to this portion of the confrontation, and the next eyewitness view (from “John”) tells us what we already know: George Zimmerman fired a single shot from a 9mm pistol that hit Trayvon Martin, killing him. The rest of the actions from this point on are contained in police reports, but the confrontation was over, and Trayvon Martin lay dead or dying.

The Sanford police are being heavily condemned for mismanaging the investigation, but they did manage to do two things that may shed light on the whole story. They managed to get Zimmerman to the police station, where video surveillance confirmed his head injuries, and Zimmerman passed the voice stress analyzer they administered, which suggests he believes the story he gave to police.

When all these publicly known bits of evidence are combined, it suggests that a series of miscalculations and escalations by both men led to Trayvon Martin’s death.

George Zimmerman used questionable judgment in leaving his vehicle. But if the evidence and testimony publicly known are to be believed, it was an angry young Trayvon Martin who committed the first crime of the evening when he threw a punch that knocked George Zimmerman down. At this point, Trayvon Martin became the aggressor.

Eyewitnesses and forensics suggest that Martin continued his assault, escalating it to assault with a deadly weapon when he began trying to smash Zimmerman’s skull on the pavement. If this is accurate, and Zimmerman was on his back crying for help while Martin pressed his attack, then Zimmerman had reason to believe he was under the threat of serious injury, maiming, or death at the hands of Trayvon Martin.

At that moment, in reasonable fear for his life, and apparently after a struggle for his gun if Zimmerman’s lie detector-cleared testimony can be believed, he fired a single shot at Trayvon Martin.

Ultimately, the forensics the public has not seen may be the ultimate arbiter of truth. If the ballistic trajectory is consistent with Zimmerman’s story, then Trayvon Martin was killed in a textbook case of self-defense. Florida’s “stand your ground” law is utterly immaterial and Zimmerman committed no crime whatsoever.

Ultimately, the special prosecutor will have to weigh the evidence in this case and make her own determination, but she would have to find some very compelling evidence countermanding the testimony and forensics shows thus far, which seem to support Zimmerman’s claim of legal self-defense.

I took the media’s claims at face value and erroneously labeled George Zimmerman a murderer based upon false information that was designed to arrange a lynching.

I won’t get fooled again, and I hope that prosecutor Angela Corey, who dismissed the grand jury this week, won’t fall into the same trap of trying to pursue a narrative instead of true justice.

Sadly, I’m of the opinion that Angela Corey is caving in to peer pressure and will hang Zimmerman.  I hope I’m wrong, but her decision to not convene a Grand Jury is a big red flag to me.

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12 Comments on “Bob Owens Admits He Got Played by the Lame Stream Media in the Martin-Zimmerman Incident”

  1. Pete Says:

    Where ever and when ever sharpton and or jackson show up, the lies and media distortions soon follow.

    tawanda brawley

    Bernard Goetz case

    the Duke lacrosse team

    and the list goes on….

    “Is sharpton a racist? Well I think the answer to this is no, why? Because he will accept money from anybody regardless of color.
    The question is though: does he promote racism? To that the answer has to be yes, why? Because by appeasing and provoking racism makes him rich.
    He claims to be a Human Rights activist but does not seem concerned for all the human rights. For instance he has been critical of Jews, whites and Mormonism, as if these groups do not have rights.
    He will too readily jump on any band wagon that will take him. Once on board he promotes press on the abuse of the African American. This does not help any cause, it just serves to promote racism and that is what he wants. Without racism he would just be a Minister without a church or congregation. He needs racism to make his fortune and if he really felt concern for his country he would not have had to face Internal Revenue claims that he owed them millions of dollars over the years. Allegations that he claims, of course, were politically activated, why? Because he was black?
    Yes, racism does still exist in the United States but this is because people like Al Sharpton keep it alive.”

  2. Greg Says:

    Zimmerman was just charged with 2nd degree murder. The special prosecutor said they are not charging by the public pressure but by the facts. Translation…the white Hispanic guy is screwed.

    • Pete Says:

      second degree murder n. a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility.

      From the 2 witness Zimmerman was BEING assaulted and NOT committing assault. It is quite possible that the special prosecutor charged Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder to make martins family happy BUT realizes based on the evidence it will be impossible to convict on 2nd degree murder but possibly on involuntary manslaughter which she chose not to charge him with.

  3. tgusa Says:

    New rules.
    Florida; You have a right to remain silent anything you say or do can be held against you if you survive.

    I have learned a couple of lessons from this, one, many blacks prefer mob justice and two, justice is too retarded to do anything about it. Well not really, unlike in the movie justice has joined the mob.

  4. tgusa Says:

    Another good mob (in)justice movie with a twist.
    It’s a story of one angry man against the mob who tried to burn him alive.

  5. Gonzo Says:

    To any who still believe the media is not race baiting, engaging in irresponsible journalism, and outright attempting to spark violence, I give you this article as proof:

    MSM – Here is sub-zero, now plain zero.

    • tgusa Says:

      Its always nice to know what career criminals are thinking. I hear he Dr that delivered Mike didn’t like black people and dropped him on his head. It’s a shame he didn’t pick him up and do it again.

  6. tgusa Says:

    Everyone seems to be missing the point. Zimmerman is in jail because the police cannot do their jobs any longer. If the police had responded in a timely manner Martin would no doubt still be alive. Apparently this area is crime ridden and the police are unable to respond in a timely manner. Which brings me to a question, how much does it cost for this kind of, what would you call it? Tell me again what the job is supposed to be? The really sickening thing in all of this is that because the police are so busy in other places traditionally law abiding communities get the shaft. BTW, I think treating everyone the same means that these communities deserve the right to their fair share of law enforcement even if it is not being utilized. Just because some areas are more prone to criminal activity doesn’t give the police the right to abandon patrols in law abiding neighborhoods.

  7. tgusa Says: From the article; “CALCRIM 3470, the instruction given to juries in California cases involving a defendant who says he or she acted in self-defense because of a reasonable belief that he or she was in danger of death or serious injury:

    “He or she is entitled to stand his or her ground and defend himself or herself, and, if reasonably necessary, to pursue an assailant until the danger of death or great bodily injury has passed. This is so even if safety could have been achieved by retreating.”

    If these standards were applied Zimmerman was within his rights.

    In light of the just released 911 tapes, which suggest Martin plead for his life before Zimmerman fired a second, killing shot, both Zimmerman and the Sanford PD better prepare for very expensive civil rights cases, and hope that a vigilante doesn’t act to correct a perceived injustice as some have already threatened.
    Perps, vigilantes, random a******s, don’t come around here threatening us we’ll pursue you until the danger of death or great bodily injury has passed!

    Which could be a long time.

  8. Sharon Says:

    15% of the homes at the Retreat were empty.. 50% were occupied by renters.. and the NW Program was started in Sept 2011.

    The racial demographic changed very rapidly as housing values fell from $250K to below $100,000.

  9. Mike Says:

    This Says it all!!!!!!
    I believe Dr. James Manning hit it on the head when he said that black people have a difficult time accepting truth simply because they are black. That’s right, black people are involved and it is impossible for the average black person to believe the truth. They refuse to believe that a black boy could be in the wrong when it comes to a white Hispanic. Blackness is the apex of victimhood and our blackness is above truth, above our Christianity, above our God, above our Holy Spirit, so that means if our blackness is above the Holy Spirit, then it is above Truth. This is so important for everyone to know this so they can understand why this Trayvon and Zimmerman case is where it is today and why blacks refuse to believe what really happened

    • Big Frank Says:

      I agree, this is the result of the likes of the Revs. Sharkton and his sidekick Hijackson constantly preaching the gospel of victimhood for decades.

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