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Even now, after the acquittal of George Zimmeran in the death of Trayvon Martin, the Los Angeles Times still chooses this picture of a cherubic, adolescent Martin. How on earth can the editors justify this? How on earth can the rest of us take them seriously?

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  1. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher
    Funeral Guy: The legacy media coverage of this case has been a disgrace from the beginning, do we really expect them to stop now? · 3 hours ago

    In for a penny, in for a pound. They chose their story first, and then their supporting data points. It makes the story more coherent.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 1:45 am
  2. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    So does the police chief who was fired because he refused to play along with this sham, get his job back?

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    • July 14, 2013 at 2:07 am
  3. Profile photo of HVTs Member

    BTW, Jack, as you invited our attention to the pictures I completely overlooked the headline: “Zimmerman not guilty: Struggling to see justice in verdict.”

    Well, yes … indeed … and how ironic, of course. If I only saw that photo of Mr. Martin, it would be a struggle to see that justice was served by the jury. Misleading images, suppressed facts/evidence and subjective reporting — the Trifecta of the post-modern MSM journo.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 3:16 am
  4. Profile photo of Basil Fawlty Member
    Fake John Galt: As I understand it, this is an error because of the rush to press, it is not a conspiracy at all. · 6 hours ago

    Indeed. They just pulled a photo they had legal permission to use.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 4:27 am
  5. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Your search for a more contemporary side-by-side ends here:

    Martin_Zimmerman_compared.jpg

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:04 am
  6. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    What, you think something as inconclusive as a verdict is going to change people’s minds?

    All this verdict proves is that the system is broken and that Poppa Obama needs to intervene personally with the states’ criminal justice systems.

    So say we all.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:17 am
  7. Profile photo of HVTs Member
    Nick Stuart: Your search for a more contemporary side-by-side ends here:

    As if that matters! The Hispanic adult was White and the Black child just bought candy before going home to finish his homework. Racist!

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:19 am
  8. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    Thought experiment: If the L.A. Times took a stance that was interpreted as anti-Trayvon, what would be the likely result?

    I suggest that the L.A. Times would find itself the target of protests, boycotts, and even violence against its property and its people.

    If my suggestion is correct, that means the editorial position of the L.A. Times is perfectly reasonable.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:21 am
  9. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member
    HVTs

    As if that matters! The Hispanic adult was White and the Black child just bought candy before going home to finish his homework. Racist!

    The hispanic man wasn’t only white.

    He also had a Jewish surname.

    I find it annoying that bit of the tale isn’t mentioned more.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:24 am
  10. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive
    Misthiocracy: What, you think something as inconclusive as a verdict is going to change people’s minds?

    All this verdict proves is that the system is broken and that Poppa Obama needs to intervene personally with the states’ criminal justice systems.

    So say we all. · 0 minutes ago

    The ball is in Obama’s court now. He has a genuine chance to be the racial healer he professed himself to be during the ’08 campaign. His choice of words and actions will reveal him finally for who he is and what he stands for. He has three choices:

    A. Ask his followers to accept the verdict no matter how troubling they find it. Call for prayers for the late Trayvon Martin and the families involved. Urge people not to take the verdict as an excuse to retaliate. Preempt violence with a call for calm. 

    B. Unleash the Justice Department dogs to pursue the case as a civil rights issue. Fan the flames. Give the mob reason to inflict street justice on a racist America.

    C. Revert to his narcissistic self and make the case that the verdict was (somehow) all about him personally.

    Any bets?

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:34 am
  11. Profile photo of Pugshot Member

    It would be interesting to compare the LA Times coverage of O.J. Simpson’s acquittal with their coverage of Zimmerman’s – do any California-based Ricochetti remember?

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:39 am
  12. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member
    ~Paules

    Any bets?

    B.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:40 am
  13. Profile photo of CuriousJohn Thatcher

    When the paper is sold, the editors should be tarred and feathered.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:44 am
  14. Profile photo of Devereaux Inactive
    CuriousJohn: When the paper is sold, the editors should be tarred and feathered. · 1 minute ago

    ?Why wait. Do it now! (h/t to Justified)

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:48 am
  15. Profile photo of Pelayo Member

    I can only hope the LA Times is in the middle of a death spiral like other newspapers and this kind of rubbish accelerates it. I truly feel sorry for the residents of California that are people of good character and integrity. To an outsider it seems like that is an endangered species. 

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    • July 14, 2013 at 7:21 am
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    Misthiocracy
    ~Paules

    Any bets?

    B. · 41 minutes ago

    Edited 40 minutes ago

    The temptation is to agree with B, but there is a chance that C outweighs B and he decides that doubling down on a lost cause will further erode his image. If he is half as smart as he thinks he is, then it must be obvious that this was not a civil rights case and he is headed for an 0-2 record by choosing B. Lets not forget all of the testimony about how Zimmerman helped other blacks in the past and that the audio of the 911 call is very different than the edited version NBC wanted us to hear.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 7:26 am
  17. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member
    ~Paules

    The ball is in Obama’s court now. He has a genuine chance to be the racial healer he professed himself to be during the ’08 campaign. His choice of words and actions will reveal himfinallyfor who he is and what he stands for. He has three choices:

    A. Ask his followers to accept the verdict no matter how troubling they find it. Call for prayers for the late Trayvon Martin and the families involved. Urge people not to take the verdict as an excuse to retaliate. Preempt violence with a call for calm. 

    B. Unleash the Justice Department dogs to pursue the case as a civil rights issue. Fame the flames. Give the mob reason to inflict street justice on a racist America.

    C. Revert to his narcissistic self and make the case that the verdict was (somehow) all about him personally.

    Any bets?

    Both B and C.

    B is what “President Race Hustler” does.C is what “President Narcissist” does.

    Obama is both.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 7:45 am
  18. Profile photo of Foxfier Inactive
    Misthiocracy: What, you think something as inconclusive as a verdict is going to change people’s minds?

    Lots of talk on Facebook where folks are insisting Zimmerman attacked Martin… oh, and one demand, when I proved an assertion false, that I give a link to the full transcript of all the days in court.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 8:09 am
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    Misthiocracy
    HVTs

    As if that matters! The Hispanic adult was White and the Black child just bought candy before going home to finish his homework. Racist!

    The hispanic man wasn’tonlywhite.

    He also had a Jewish surname.

    I find it annoying that bit of the tale isn’t mentioned more.

    Because the response is “what, you noticed that? Racist!”

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    • July 14, 2013 at 8:11 am
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    ~Paules
    Misthiocracy: 

    The ball is in Obama’s court now. He has a genuine chance to be the racial healer he professed himself to be during the ’08 campaign. His choice of words and actions will reveal himfinallyfor who he is and what he stands for. He has three choices:

    A. Ask his followers to accept the verdict no matter how troubling they find it. Call for prayers for the late Trayvon Martin and the families involved. Urge people not to take the verdict as an excuse to retaliate. Preempt violence with a call for calm. 

    B. Unleash the Justice Department dogs to pursue the case as a civil rights issue. Fame the flames. Give the mob reason to inflict street justice on a racist America.

    C. Revert to his narcissistic self and make the case that the verdict was (somehow) all about him personally.

    Any bets? 

    ~Paules,

    If Obama is the man the dems say he is then he choses A. and tries to actually move on. If Obama is the man that we perceive him to be for the last 5 years then it’s B. or C.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • July 14, 2013 at 8:34 am
  21. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    The thing about the way you’ve worded option A is that the subtext seems to be “We know the court was wrong, but we ask that you accept the verdict anyway.” At least, if Obama were to choose that option, that would definitely be the subtext.

    By the way, this is still Tweet of the Week.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 8:38 am
  22. Profile photo of Jerry Carroll Inactive

    If the Koch brothers really do buy the LAT in order to throw away money, I hope a general housecleaning ensues. I tuned in one of the Miami news radio stations after the verdict and heard a young woman from the Times ask a loaded and leading question at a news conference that could have sent to her by MoveOn.org or one of the hysterical MSNBC beta males or grievance mongers they split airtime with.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:01 am
  23. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    C. is a given.

    B. will “happen” and he’ll only find out that he ordered it when he sees it in the paper.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:03 am
  24. Profile photo of Whiskey Sam Inactive

    They had their minds made up before any evidence was presented. They probably had the article written, too. They are worthy of nothing but contempt.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:27 am
  25. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    The narrative must be maintained at all costs, at all times, and despite all evidence to the contrary. Besides, you can bet that the lefty press actually loves the verdict. It will give them an excuse to beat the racism drum all the harder.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:30 am
  26. Profile photo of Fake John/Jane Galt Member

    As I understand it, this is an error because of the rush to press, it is not a conspiracy at all.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:43 am
  27. Profile photo of Funeral Guy Member

    The legacy media coverage of this case has been a disgrace from the beginning, do we really expect them to stop now?

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:45 am
  28. Profile photo of Devereaux Inactive

    Oh. ?You took them seriously before this.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:46 am
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    mcg
    Fake John Galt: As I understand it, this is an error because of the rush to press, it is not a conspiracy at all. · 2 minutes ago

    At risk of missing your sarcasm: nah. They’ve had plenty of time to correct themselves here. Indeed, one of the more novel moves made by the defense team was to present life-size cutouts of Zimmerman and Martin to the jury so they could compare their relative sizes. I’ll bet that was powerful, even after all this time, given how TM is typically presented in the media.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:48 am
  30. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    The Los Angeles Times = Pravda on the Pacific

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    • July 14, 2013 at 9:50 am
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