George Zimmerman

We don't need no stinkin' lamestream media

It becomes more apparent with each passing day. The internet has made citizen journalists—you know, the ones doing the jobs that people with journalism degrees from Columbia and Northwestern are supposed to be doing—an army of Davids.

Interestingly, Kermit Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, 

is curiously blaming the media for today’s conviction of the abortion practitioner on three counts of murder related to abortion-infanticides.

 
He said he was confident in the legal system but blamed “The baby factor” for the convictions. He also blamed the media, which is odd given the stunning lack of attention it gave to the Gosnell murder trial over the last several weeks.
 
“The media has been overwhelmingly against [Gosnell],” he told reporters.
What? (And what the hell is "the baby factor"?)

This makes absolutely no sense unless by "media" he means what has become the media—the bloggers, the tweeters, the facebookers, the e-mailers, who were relentless in their pursuit of justice for Gosnell's victims in the face of yawns from their "betters" in print media and at TV networks.
 
The Gosnell case moves to the penalty phase now—Thy will be done.
 
But another high-profile case is coming up quickly in which the media's behavior has also been positively reprehensible:
While watching George Zimmerman's immunity hearing online in late April 2013, Chip Bennett took satisfaction seeing Florida prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda flail away at the one blog that has given him fits from the beginning. "BDLR alleges that The Conservative Treehouse doxed Witness 8," Bennett commented...
 
...By "doxed" he meant, in a word, "outed." More comprehensively, the Urban Dictionary defines "doxing" as "a technique of tracing someone or gathering information about an individual using sources on the internet." The word likely derives from the Microsoft Word format "Docx."

In fact, doxing succinctly describes how a blogging collective like the Conservative Treehouse works. What troubled de la Rionda is what troubles many authority figures: doxing levels the media playing field. He and they could no longer control the narrative by feeding information to compliant media sources...
This is not news, as we noted above.  But it gets much, much worse:
...As [Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin] Crump told the story, the young couple [Martin and a woman called Dee Dee] had been on the phone for an astonishing 400 minutes that day, caught up as they were in "puppy love." So distraught was Dee Dee at Martin's death, said Crump, "She couldn't even go to his wake she was so sick. Her mother had to take her to the hospital. She spent the night in the hospital." Lest the media try to exploit this romance, Crump asked them to "please respect her privacy. She is a minor." As would be proven later, Dee Dee was neither hospitalized nor a minor, but those were the least of the day's lies.

..."She [Dee Dee] connects the dots," Crump told the media excitedly. "She completely blows Zimmerman's absurd defense claim out of the water." According to Crump, the heavy-set, twenty-eight year old "loose cannon" had no intention of going back to his truck. He pursued Martin and shot him down. Dee Dee heard it all. The witnesses confirmed her testimony. Cried the outraged Crump at the end of his presentation, "Arrest George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin in cold blood today."
 
Crump got his point across. Gutman headlined his piece on ABC.com, "Trayvon Martin's Last Phone Call Triggers Demand for Arrest Right Now." ABC's Diane Sawyer introduced Gutman's TV piece, which hammered the Sanford Police Department for its many presumed failings, by referring to Zimmerman as the "neighborhood watchdog." The piece closed with a photo of a young Martin hugging a baby.
 
In none of the contemporary reporting did anyone challenge Crump's account. No one asked why this girl failed to inquire about the fate of her beau who, when last heard from, was getting beaten by an unknown man. Why did she not call Trayvon's parents? Why did she not call the police after she learned of his death? How could the plodding overweight Zimmerman have run down the younger, fitter Martin?
 
These, however, were minor journalistic oversights compared to the most damning oversight of all: the failure to confirm who was crying out for help...
 
But if tea partiers think they've been singled out by the IRS for special scrutiny, wait 'til bloggers, et al., draw the commisars' ire. Look out, First Amendment.
 
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