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Rev. Sharpton Pops Back On Trayvon Coverage Criticism (Video)

Rev. Sharpton Pops Back On Trayvon Coverage Criticism (Video)

Since Prosecutor Angela Corey released a slew of evidence in the Trayvon Martin case, both the right-wing media and some of the mainstream media have been having a field day.

For the right-wing media, it has been to proclaim George Zimmerman’s innocence and for both them and the MSM it has been to pick through every detail in search of the New! and the Exclusive!

But one network — MSNBC — has been accused of adopting radio silence by those who have trumpeted that Trayvon did smoke some pot at some point before he was murdered (a little of the active ingredient was in the autopsy report), so he must have been a scary gangbanger.

Writes Noah Rothman for Mediate:

When an avalanche of new evidence favorable to George Zimmerman came to light, MSNBC’s primetime lineup didn’t just bury the story, they didn’t mention Martin or Zimmerman once.

That’s primetime, not regular news, which did cover the evidence dump, but Rothman pitches his story with what other news MSNBC did cover versus bits of evidence he’s cherry-picked that are ‘favorable to Zimmerman’, as all those now crusading for the White, sorry, Hispanic, sorry, White-Hispanic (technically correct term) guy are. Fox News dutifully picked up Rothman’s claim.

You could pick through and make any case you like — Here’s The Grio asking “Has the media prematurely declared George Zimmerman’s innocence?” Even though this is certainly not all the evidence and even though well-worn prosecutors seem pretty confident that they have a case.

Into this noise factory, Rev. Al Sharpton on his primetime show reacted, with comments that Rothman, Fox and others completely missed.

Sharpton’s piece begins with the context of how he fights for justice, starting with the “stop and frisk” policy in New York overwhelmingly targeting black and Hispanic men. He points out how Ray Kelly, New York Police Commissioner, has praised him and others for both fighting crime in black communities as well as calling out police excesses (the former has been a theme in the current debate, with many believing that black organizers are not fighting local crime, which is not true).

He goes on to add more context, pointing out that a campaign by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly highlighting an attack on two white people by four black men in Virginia shows justice working, as the attackers have been arrested.

So, Sharpton says, the Trayvon Martin story was never about convicting George Zimmerman, or about some aggravated sense of outrage at the fact that a young black man was killed. It was to hold the justice system accountable for delivering on its promise to all Americans.

Trayvon Martin’s family lawyer called me to get involved because justice was not taking its course. George Zimmerman needed to be arrested, the evidence supported that.

This was a point repeatedly made by Trayvon’s family as well as Sharpton before Zimmerman’s arrest. He says at a rally:

I did not come to Florida after talking to Sybrina and Tracey to convict Zimmerman. I came to say what is good for one is good for all.

It was always others framing this as something more than a fight for justice.

The source of outrage was the fact that the police simply took the shooter’s word for it that it was Martin who tried to murder him. That outrage was all the louder because of a blatant smear campaign against Trayvon Martin, sourced back to law enforcement.

Now that Zimmerman will have his day in court, there’s little else for Sharpton to say until that day arrives. In other words, he refuses to join the team sport game, with one side — the right — trying to win political points when the other side is, well, dead.

Yet according to some, on the right Sharpton’s refusal to join in their game is “bullying”.

The point has always been that if you kill someone, you must answer for it. Justice for all, as Sharpton says:

Black, white, gay, straight, young and old, the same standards of justice should be applied to everyone.

Watch Sharpton’s piece:

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5:23PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Sorry for the double posting of comment.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life............

4:38PM PDT on May 28, 2012

There are near eight billion people on this planet & it would be an insane thought that everyone love/likes everyone there is.
Sharpton is number one on my list of disliked people.
Sharpton has mastered the fine art of racial conflict since he was put on a street corner starting at the age of three.
Sharpton has himself so convinced & many who follow him that he can do no wrong. But, Sharpton undid all of his self rightousness in the Brawley case.
So, it is near impossible to like/love everyone just because we are all different due to genetics & life experiences.
And, this rainbow of love is full of many unacceptable holes. The most any of us can do is be polite & respectable & be on our way.

Like I wrote earlier, if he turned into God I would not like this so called man because he is all for his own & never mind the brotherhood bit.

I'm sure SHARPTON could & would stick all my comments in a pipe & smoke em.......I'd hand him the pipe!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

4:38PM PDT on May 28, 2012

There are near eight billion people on this planet & it would be an insane thought that everyone love/likes everyone there is.
Sharpton is number one on my list of disliked people.
Sharpton has mastered the fine art of racial conflict since he was put on a street corner starting at the age of three.
Sharpton has himself so convinced & many who follow him that he can do no wrong. But, Sharpton undid all of his self rightousness in the Brawley case.
So, it is near impossible to like/love everyone just because we are all different due to genetics & life experiences.
And, this rainbow of love is full of many unacceptable holes. The most any of us can do is be polite & respectable & be on our way.

Like I wrote earlier, if he turned into God I would not like this so called man because he is all for his own & never mind the brotherhood bit.

I'm sure SHARPTON could & would stick all my comments in a pipe & smoke em.......I'd hand him the pipe!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

3:12PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Will R.....WOW, I told you that I was not racist. And I am not. How else was I supposed to say it? I know and have worked with many black people and friends that are black. So how can you say that I am racist? People like you can't just comment on whatever subject comes up here, you have to read through everybody's comments, which is o.k., but you and some others have to pick out every little word that you don't like and say something to that person about it. There are a lot of comments said that I don't like, but of don't get on everybody's ass about it. That's there opinion and we all deserve to say what we think. And I don't know any other way of saying it, but I am not racist!

6:28AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Sharpton is still a race baiter no matter if his sincerity is true. Sharptons tactics have always been loud & daming before he had proof of anything. The Duke Lacrosse incident proved that beyond a doubt.
Here is a little known fact of how devious Sharpton is. An archetic & building firm wanted to put up some new building in the Bronx where Sharpton lives.
Sharpton fought tooth & nail to keep the archetict & the contracting firm out because the head man & company were white. And Sharpton feared whites would move in. In other words the building firm wanted to improve the area & Sharpton wants it to stay poverty stricken or looking so he has something to carry on about until the next racial case surfaces.

In my opinion he & Louis Farakkan are the two most racist humans in America. And I'll never change my opinion on either man no matter what they do.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

2:12AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Just received your message Terri H. You insist that you are not a racist, (...once again) In that way of; "I am not racist....." ...Saying you're not racist then following it with racially charged rhetoric is still racist! (Me thinks thou dost protest too much!) Point is; it seems that even the 'non racists' don't like 'outspoken black guys!'
I don't like preachers! Hate them with a passion. But even I, Can separate the man and their words. If someone I dislike says something clever, should I ignore their words? No! Thats just childish. 
I have looked up Al Sharpeton, he doesn't act like any preacher in England! Unusually, it seems he does things! Agitates and activates, and seems obsessed with the downtrodden (of which most are black or women) he may be a publicity hound, but his heart seems to be in the right place.
Truth is Terri, Trayvon's family found the most enigmatic person they could to help them, who would actually make a difference and garner publicity and hopefully justice, who then tried to take the issue of race out of it, to make it a fight for justice (the right thing!) But you Terri, put it back in. 

9:39PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Juliet-Manslaughter is a lesser included offense in the charge of 2nd degree murder. The fact that he is charged with murder would not stop the jury from coming back with a conviction of manslaughter.

8:58PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Juliet.....We should wait until the trial agreed.
However, I can not recall ever hearing or reading of a story of white men raping black women/girls in the 20th century. I'm sure it was done a hundred so or more years ago because social mores & values were very different then.
As for the Zimmerman case I will say however these two came together in a confrontation Zimmerman possibly became scared as Martin pounded away on him & Zimmerman grabbed his gun when he could & shot the kid.
But, as you say........Lets wait.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

8:42PM PDT on May 27, 2012

I watch MSNBC almost every evening (Rachel Maddow,) and it's my impression that they have reduced their coverage of the case until the trial starts. No sense in getting worked up over every rumor - that's what we have Nancy Grace for. My personal feeling is that Zimmerman may walk free because he was charged with 2nd degree murder instead on manslaughter.

Sharpton was taken in by Tawanna; many of us were, because her story was believable. Those of us who grew up in the '50s know that White men could rape Black girls and never be charged with anything. She was a scared teenager who messed up and didn't want to get in trouble. Let's move on, and focus on keeping innocent people of all races out of jail.

2:07PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Carlos......I'll repeat again: UFTS> Do you follow??

And I suggest you read up on the snake Sharpton on Wekepedia.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

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