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CNN proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” why cases should not be tried in the media

CNN proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” why cases should not be tried in the media

If it were not for the fact that a young man is dead, the factual accounts and investigations in the media of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman would be laughable.

There is no better proof that cases should not be tried in the media than the accounts of whether Zimmerman said “f-ing coons” under his breath on the 911 tape.  That alleged statement has been the key media and left-blogosphere piece of evidence of racial motivation.

Yet CNN has rolled out three different audio experts over the past two weeks, each of whom has come to a different conclusion.

CNN Audio Expert No. 1 – sounds like “f-ing coons”

CNN Audio Expert No. 2 – sounds like “f-ing cold”

CNN Audio Expert No. 3 – sounds like “f-ing punks”

This is just one piece of evidence, and it’s evidence that is recorded.

If there is reasonable doubt as to something to which we can listen, can you imagine how the case will play out as to that brief time span between the end of Zimmerman’s 911 call and the neighbor’s 911 call when someone is heard screaming for help?

I am not predicting anything, and the public does not have key forensic evidence.  But anyone who thinks no prosecution or a not guilty verdict is out of the realm of possibility is deluding themselves.

If the case ends with Zimmerman going free, where does the public anger go after the media already has convicted him?


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[…] PROF. JACOBSON: CNN proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” why cases should not be tried in the media. […]

I believe that Zimmerman was saying “f-ing CNN”

    Neo in reply to Neo. | April 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    If the audio experts can’t be sure if it’s “f-ing coons,” “f-ing cold” or “f-ing punks,” what makes anybody think that there will ever be any certainty that it was Martin or Zimmerman screaming based on the same sort of recording ?

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Neo. | April 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      What’s interesting is the amount of importance being placed on it at all.

    dmacleo in reply to Neo. | April 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    HA awesome 🙂

“If the case ends with Zimmerman going free, where does the public anger go after the media already has convicted him?”

Given that polling shows “the black community overwhelmingly believes he was murdered and that police let his killer get away due to racism” (link: ) I’d guess that even if the media tries to start walking back some of its more outrageously wrong “facts,” there’s going to be no walking back the racial animus that’s been stirred up.

You can stop squeezing the tube of toothpaste, but it’s a bit more complicated an exercise to put the toothpaste already out there back in the tube.

    Milwaukee in reply to s_dog. | April 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    The leftist media loves to put out the incorrect story, with retractions, if at all, in very small print, hidden in obscure places. A commenter on Althouse accused the Milwaukee-Journal-Sentinel with putting “speed ahead of accuracy”. Except that they have done this so often, it is more malicious than that. I believe they know the narrative they are putting out is false, and want to put that false narrative out before the facts are in, so they can claim they were just trying to be fast.

    The 8th Commandment isn’t “don’t tell lies”, it is “don’t bear false witness”. Destroying somebody’s reputation is much worse than stealing all their money. These people want to destroy their victims, and the truth.

    And don’t tell lies.

    Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him
    And makes me poor indeed.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to s_dog. | April 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    They WANT to be offended. It gives them a reason to exist in their current circumstances.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to s_dog. | April 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m still waiting for cries of “Justice for Allen!”, little 10 yr.old Allen Goin, who was followed to his front porch and set afire by blacks thugs calling anti-white racial epithets as they burned this child alive. Oh, and how about some cries for justice for this young, white, mentally handicapped man walking his dog:

    But this behavior from blacks is more typical of what whites see and experience on a day-to-day basis.

    Toothpaste going back in the tube? Hardly.

I think the public anger will be with the black community showing their anger for the outcome of this case.

The media has tried to shape the narrative all along with this case. Their will be a heavy price to pay.

Fox News could come out on top if they will just expose the Obama media bias.

So much needs to change at all levels of our society. This is one of many cases that illustrate that. The leftists are pushing hard this election season to incite as much chaos and mayhem as possible to frighten people into allowing them to further their agenda. We need to infiltrate at all levels to stop them and push our country back to a self responsibility nation from the government responsibility nation we now are. We must be involved, vocal, and powerful from the town board, public and higher education, and community centers to the federal level. This is a battle for America.

    hunter in reply to iambasic. | April 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You right-wing radicals are enemies of America…most of America does not want to go back to the 19th century as you do.

    The outcry over Martin/Zimmerman is that a police department with a history of racial problems apparently just took the killing of a black teenager in stride…possibly due to the ridiculous ‘stand your ground’ law…which should be renamed ‘Morons and Wannabe Vigilantes with Guns’ law.

    If Zimmerman is arrested and stands trial, even if (and when) he is found not guilty…since that’s the nearly inevitable outcome….it’s possible nothing will happen.

    A lot of the outrage is due to the perception that Zimmerman’s “self-defense” story was believed without much question, even though he was the guy with the gun, who precipitated the confrontation.

    Even if Zimmerman is arrested an eventually goes to trial, he will almost certainly go free.

    I guess we’ll just see what happens then…but the anger isn’t over justice being wrong….at this point, it’s over justice not even being applied in the first place.

      iambasic in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

      “You right-wing radicals are enemies of America…most of America does not want to go back to the 19th century as you do.”

      Yes, unfortunately personal responsibility is so 19th century 😉

      “guess we’ll just see what happens then…but the anger isn’t over justice being wrong….at this point, it’s over justice not even being applied in the first place.”

      Really? Justice is “not even being applied in the first place”? I guess the investigation that has been ongoing since the end of February is not justice to you. I have a feeling I know what kind of justice you want. I believe the Black Panthers are looking for that justice too.

      JAL in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

      “A lot of the outrage is due to the perception that Zimmerman’s “self-defense” story was believed without much question,”

      Ummm… they took him into custody in handcuffs.
      Did you read the scanned police report? If so, review the upper left hand corner of page 1.

      If not, look at the upper left hand corner of page 1.

      “…even though he was the guy with the gun, who precipitated the confrontation.”

      And you know this (“precipitated the confrontation”) for a fact how?

      You are anti-gun, if I read between the lines.

      I suggest you spend some of your righteous indignation in the neighborhoods and schools to see what might be done to curtail the black-on-black murders that nobody in the media seems to give a rat’s ass about.

      SDN in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

      We’re not the party of slavery, Copperhead. And replacing “plantation” with “collective” makes no difference to what you are.

      JAL in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

      The disprespect thing might be a big part of it. Look at the East — Middle East, Asia, and Af’stan. There is huge cultural pressure on “saving face” in those cultures. Evidence the honor killings of women — who even when they are raped — can be killed to preserve the family’s “honor.”

      All the jokes about being “dissed” come from a reality which takes the concept deadly seriously. The “community” meme is that respect has to be shown and if not one proves they are to be “respected” and anger in that circumstance is ok. And it’s always someone else’s fault. Because anger is the inevitable and only acceptable response to show you aren’t a nobody.

      We will never know what was going through Trayvon Martin’s head. We can assume he did not expect to die that night. We do see from his tweets that there was an underlying attitude which might have had something to do with the confrontation.

      It is a sad story for both families.

      And it is a horrendous disgrace to the MSM. I simply do not believe a word they write except for the dateline. Absolutely no credibility.

      After what they did to Richard Jewell, one would think they would have learned a lesson.

      Sanddog in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

      “You right-wing radicals are enemies of America…most of America does not want to go back to the 19th century as you do.”

      Oh, I don’t know. If we could go back to the late 19th century and eradicate the progressive movement it might be worth the trip.

      Milhouse in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

      You admit that if he stands trial it’s nearly inevitable that he will be acquitted. In other words, no prima facie case exists against him. He has no case to answer. If so, how can you possibly justify subjecting him to a trial in the first place? How is that constitutional or just (not to mention a good use of taxpayers’ resources)?

      scfanjl in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 11:30 am


      Glad you are at least on an intelligent site. Just make sure to read the professor’s articles before you leave!

      Ragspierre in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Hunter, just when was it you realized you…

      HATE democracy (Stand Your Ground laws are very popular with the people)

      HATE due process and the rule of law (there is every indication that Zimmerman’s account is credible)

      HATE law enforcement personnel (you imply they are racial bigots…in an integrated department)

      HATE other Americans (with whom you disagree on politics)

      That’s a LOT of hate working there, Hunter.

      JoAnne in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Here’s a little video for you that will explain your willful ignorance. It’s not your fault!

      IrateNate in reply to hunter. | April 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      This has nothing to do with justice, Hunter. You and those like you confuse justice with revenge. And just what would it take to satisfy your blood lust?

      Would you feel better if you, personally, sawed Zimmerman’s head off with a machete while Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson held him down?

      How about organizing a mob, dressing up in bed sheets, and hanging Zimmerman from Boo Radley’s apple tree? That would certainly help you cope with your hatred, don’t you think?

@iambasic said: The leftists are pushing hard this election season to incite as much chaos and mayhem as possible to frighten people into allowing them to further their agenda.

Agreed, but you need to add something … that all this chaos creating is designed to be a distraction from the failures of this administration. Ms Kluke, Zimmerman/Martin, comments on judiciary limits, etc. etc. pale in comparison to real world problems, but the progressive mind set is to distract as many as possible as much as possible with superficial touchy feely issues.

    Hope Change in reply to Aridog. | April 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Aridog — yes, and this is intended to be a distraction from the ongoing GOP primary. This has been manufactured. Now also Augusta National. They sit around and plan these.

      Hope Change in reply to Hope Change. | April 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      IMO, it’s really painful to realize that the MSM reports falsehoods, that they’ll say anything.
      Something might be true; it might not be true. It will be reported the same way.

      If there is any good that comes out of these made-up “controversies” it is that more people get this. The only question, after the MSM “reports” is, “I wonder if any of that is true?”

Audio Expert No.4

“After listening to the initial recording, and enhanced version several times, it is in no way clear what he says. Even less clear is why he said what he said. Unless he screams clearly “I’m going to shoot that blankety blank n-word”, this portion of the call is in no way germane to the case, and is evidence of nothing.”

-Browndog, audio expert (just look at the size of my ears!)

I’ve been posting on this from the start. As a veteran detective I suspected from the outset that this case was not as it seemed. Martin did not get shot “WWB” (walking while black), Martin got shot “SWT” (shot while thuggin’) which I have witnessed in different variations a thousand times. I’ve seen youth (mostly minorities) with an inflated sense of arrogance and the idea they were above proper social behavior turn a nonviolent contact into a deadly one based on being “disrespected” (whatever that meant at that moment).

We’ve spent trillions of dollars and forty years in an effort to breed the end result of what you see today. I’m sure that wasn’t the original intent, but like most of our government’s efforts the unintended consequences effect has taken over here.

Here is one of my posts:

In talking about the drive to race bait and make a story turn from dog bites man (Chicago shootings) to man bites dog (black unarmed kid killed by racist white man), the MSM people have shown they are what would be tyrants love- a loyal lapdog media. But the truth is different, as I ended another post on this issue concerning the ethics of race baiting.

…What CG misses is when it comes to race baiting, there is no road low enough. There is no decency. If there were Sharpton and Rush and Jackson and MSNBC would be protesting down Chicago streets demanding blacks quit killing blacks and that gangs must be driven out of existence.

But they don’t. Why? No money in it. And frankly, they know what I know- it would be a wasted effort. No more than you can “un-spoil” milk, can you fix the problem with the black urban community. The only hope, much like that in places like Afghanistan, is to teach the NEXT generation what is acceptable behavior and hope the old guard just dies out. And like Afghanistan, that effort is almost futile as the old guard still insists on teaching the children how they have been victimized and how that gives them extra rights, including the “right” to lash out violently when “offended.”

More succinctly put: Forty years of “I gets mine” and “whitey is holdin’ the black man down” and “no justice no peace” have given rise to generations of blacks acting out. Or better put: Sharpton killed Martin.

archer 52, Thanks. I did not know that the idea of disrespect was a contributing factor to the culture. If you remember the tale of the Hatfield and McCoy feuds in the mountains, where entire families were murdered, the basis of the feud it was discovered was “no respect’ since both families really had nothing to fight over. And this “respect” concept had been brought over from Britain after one of the ethnic (religious?) slaughters when the people emigrated to a better life but bringing their hatred with them. I can not source the Hatfied study, but I lot of background is given in Webbs book- Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.

    Aridog in reply to frozenglass. | April 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The “respect” demanded by the thug culture is really a demand for fear of them. I see it every day here. Groups of guys sauntering down the middle of a street, not on the sidewalks, literally daring a driver to honk or otherwise interrupt their swagger….frequently accompanied by a bouncing basketball. The follow on is a couple doing the same thing, after dark, heads swiveling left to right looking down … at parked car windows. Guess what they’re doing? Beyond that, drivers passing through thug neighborhoods will often encounter folks just stepping of the curb to cross a street on a diagonal, intentionally, looking at the driver just out of the corners of their eyes, daring them to not stop mid block while the saunter goes on, slowly. They do it to their own people as much as anyone … what’s that tell us?

      JoAnne in reply to Aridog. | April 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

      That’s part of the reason I moved out of California to Idaho. My once lovely, quiet suburban neighbor was becoming a ghetto. There was a grocery store one block from my house and the local high school was one block away from the store in the opposite direction of my house. I was literally terrified to go to the store after school let out. The store hired a guard that began his shift just before school let out. The store got rid of all the little hand baskets because the kids were coming in, grabbing one and filling them with booze and running out of the store while other kids created a diversion on the other side of the store. I was pushed off the sidewalk by a group of black girls (I’m a grandma) and forced to walk out into the street to get around them. They just laughed and sneered at me. I fooled them. I moved out of state and took my tax dollars with me!

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JoAnne. | April 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        I hear ya’. We left California under the white-flight wing ourselves just four months ago. We now hail from the great state of Tennessee, far northeastern part, in a very rural area well off the beaten path. We’re right by a fabulous fishing lake, we have wooded acreage, hunting land abounds, and green, green mountains and meadows are our natural landscape. There are no neighbors in sight, no cars at all come by, no machinery, and best of all…… “youths” to have to look at, hear, smell, fear or put up with in any way. Everything is clean, pristine, quiet and calm. The population in the little town closest to us is 98% white. The rest are mainly hispanic. The people are gracious, welcoming, friendly and, most importantly, well-mannered and genteel. We have four distinct seasons and pretty nice weather. All that, and we’re still only about 6-7 hours to the ocean. Another big draw is the state government. They are vastly more pragmatic than CA’s government, mind their own business, and understand they are public servants who do our bidding, not the other way around. My only regret is that we waited as long as we did to leave California. We were thrilled to leave a certain ethnicity in our rear-view mirror, and I’m not talking about hispanics. Oh, and we brought our tax dollars and disposable income with us, too. 🙂

When the Zimmerman family hired Hal Uhrig I became convinced that some sort of charges would be filed against George Zimmerman. Then, this morning, the local morning host…who came here from that area…reported that he is hearing that the State’s Attorney will press some sort of charge against Zimmerman prior to the Grand Jury convening. Thereby forcing a court appearance where this whole sordid affair can be the next media circus.

That’s a lot of speculation from hear say. But it would fit the pattern of how this mess is being handled.

Archer52 …. thanks for saying what many are thinking, but refrain from saying due for any number of reasons. There’s nothing in your remarks that I don’t agree with and in most instances, have experienced personally. You even assign the blame correctly in my opinion … the race baiters have created a sub-culture that is unredeemable, and they’ve done it to their own people, thus crushing the good among them who don’t buy the bait, but fear saying so.

Well said, and thanks again.

    Left Coast Red in reply to Aridog. | April 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    MLK Jr. must be spinning in his grave. The content of their character? Even the prospect of describing it makes me queasy.

CNN is so disappointed that it is not a racial slur. How completely unprofessional these so-called news organizations are. Talk about not vetting your info before broadcasting such a volatile charge and feeding interracial enmity. What losers these guys are.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to mbabbitt. | April 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    it may just be that after they found he was more of an advocate for the black community than Sharpton or Jackson, they had to reverse course.

There is a simple explanation of why the left-leaning media found a single syllable that “proves” the racial motivations of Zimmerman, while the president can go on for hours and all they hear is fluffy bunnies and unicorns.

If they can “prove” racial bias, they can get this tried in State Court *and* Federal Court like the cops in the Rodney King trial, and its amazingly popular sequel, the Federal trial on civil rights violations. Because double-jeopardy protection is soooo like old and outmoded, and this way they can get a riot to cover too.

Insufficiently Sensitive | April 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’d guess that even if the media tries to start walking back some of its more outrageously wrong “facts,” there’s going to be no walking back the racial animus that’s been stirred up.

Sorry, but the racial animus was stirred up by the MSM years ago during the ‘civil rights’ movement. If that movement began as one devoted to equality and justice, the endless din of wrongdoing whiteys oppressing angelic minorities, despite enormous efforts and disbursements to make amends, has metastasized into a movement seeking revenge and role reversal. Racial animus is the driving force, and ‘critical race theory’ its organizing principle.

Convenient incidents such as the Martin/Zimmerman incident are carefully selected from time to time by corrupt media to refresh that politically useful animus, but it’s been with us for decades.

I know this about people—the majority of us can be incensed by a skilled manipulator.

But a majority of those people…on finding they were manipulated…turn on their manipulator with a rare ferocity. They will not believe them again.

I don’t know that will be the case here, but I DO know that the race card is being worn out with each new flop like this one.

And I am so ready.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Ragspierre. | April 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Rags, the “African-American community” “falls” for this over and over and over.

    Either they are the stupidest people to ever walk this earth or they WANT to believe it, which is just plain evil.

    Oh, wait. Those two characteristics are not mutually exclusive of one another.

“where does the public anger go after the media already has convicted him?”

Exactly where they want it to go. It’s the self-fulfilling narrative, with a bonus of added ratings for their wall-to-wall coverage of the riots and protests.

As Breitbart famously said, “they’re evil, they’re evil, they’re evil.”

(Note however that our new BMOC Mitt just told them what a bang-up job they’re doing!)

StrangernFiction | April 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

And if Zimmerman is a racist, he is a racist D E M O C R A T.

Jim Treacher: “Weeks ago, this stopped being just a story about a shooting in Florida. This is about the utter corruption of the mainstream media. Hey, it’s your reputation, NBC News. It’s been taking a beating for decades now. If this is how you want to finally destroy it, fine by us. No wonder you actually made nice-nice with Sarah Palin. You’re just that desperate to win us back.”

The Mushroom Media AND the race-baiting industry.

Big losers in this.

    StrangernFiction in reply to Ragspierre. | April 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Sarah Palin shouldn’t have made nice-nice with them. I was sad to see that.

      Ragspierre in reply to StrangernFiction. | April 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Not me. ALLLL good. Breitbart went EVERYWHERE, engaged EVERYBODY.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to StrangernFiction. | April 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Come on get it out …”I used to be a huge fan of Sarah Palinuntil ……insert current meme.

      But it does clearly show the problem here -the lack of star power. It would be much better if it read

      “Sarah Palin shoots no_limit_nigga.

      Now that would be fun .

Under the Florida’s immunity provisions regarding self defense claims, in order to arrest Zimmerman, a court hearing before a judge is necessary to determine whether probable cause exists to try Zimmerman for either manslaughter or murder. BTW, under Florida law, unless a court hearing dictates that probable cause exists for criminal charges, no civil action will be allowed under that same immunity provision. FSA 776.032 at And of course with no arrest, then no trial would happen. What is unclear to me is whether a Grand Jury indictment would be interpreted as fulfilling the probable cause requirement without a pre-trial hearing before a judge.

I did find this description from a Fl. Defense attorney’s blog,

“The grant of prosecutorial immunity provided by Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law is a powerful tool for a criminal defendant. The immunity can apply in any case involving the use of force, including assaults, batteries, and homicides. Typically, the issue is raised pre-trial through the filing if a Motion for a declaration of immunity. To obtain such a declaration by the trial court, a hearing is held where the defendant must demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence his or her qualifications for immunity. This essentially reverses the burden of proof traditionally at play in a criminal case. The defense presents the evidence, shows that he or she meets the statutory prerequisites, and requests the court grant the motion and appropriate relief. If the Motion is granted, the defense then files a Motion to Dismiss the case, as there are no longer any justiciable issues for a jury to resolve.”

Article Source:

Still doesn’t resolve role of grand jury in all of this though.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to bg. | April 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    And if that hearing takes place, the media storm of “Zimmerman Charged!” and the I-told-you-so lefties and so on will come swarming out again, blacks dancing in the streets again making a spectacle of themselves, the population completely and thoroughly misunderstanding the process, once again courtesy of the criminal media.

“… and we would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”

~ Lamestream Media to New Media

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