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The Politics of Rage and Stupidity

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Rick Moran

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July 12, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Here’s a writer at Gawker, Adam Weinstein, who should have hit the “delete” button before this post went live.

And if an editor is responsible for placing it on the website, he should be fired.

The George Zimmerman trial is being milked by interested parties in order to advance racist agendas, increase viewership or readers, and fill the coffers of individuals and organizations who benefit from racial tension. It is not a morality play. It is not a metaphor for American life. And the only reason it says something about race is because the federal government, in league with “community groups” in Florida, chose to make it so.

For a case with only one living eyewitness, millions of people on both sides seem dead certain about the facts of the case. And the prism through which we see those facts ends up being a kaleidoscope of fractured, jagged images, only fully perceived according to the biases, the prejudices, and the life experiences that we bring to bear on our understanding of what happened.

Mr. Weinstein, whose post features a picture of a dead Trayvon Martin, properly rails against the media coverage and the country’s fascination with the case. But this kind of hatred really has no place in the debate:

To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already.

But those are rationalizations. They don’t explain my motive: Good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead because my home state empowered a dullard aficionado of Van Damme and Seagal movie cliches to choose his own adventure. Florida literally gave George Zimmerman license to make up neighborhood threats and invite violent confrontations, confident in the knowledge that he carried more firepower jammed down his sweaty fat waistband than every army on earth beheld before 1415.

I wish I were a better person than that, but I’m not. People come up short all the time, after all. I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t have a gun.

It’s not a question of Weinstein “coming up short.” That’s just more rationalization. This kind of hysterical exaggeration, hyperbole, deliberate misrepresentation of the facts, and outright lying (Van Damme and Seagal?) bespeaks a rancid, ideological hatred for his political opponents. This is the writer overlaying a template on Zimmerman that isn’t even a caricature of the truth.

Being angry is not an excuse. Would that Weinstein got as worked up over the body count in Chicago on a typical summer weekend. He goes into a rage over a picture of a black teenager lying dead on the ground? Pay a visit to the Cook County morgue one night after the carnage this weekend and Mr. Weinstein may have an attack of apoplexy. There will almost certainly be a gaggle of Trayvon Martins lying on slabs, lives cut short by a stray bullet. Will they have died any more senselessly than Trayvon Martin? Only stupidity — or the cold calculation of agenda-driven journalism — would posit the idea that such wasn’t the case.

Of course, the shooters probably won’t be white. And the reason why that matters how much we care about the victim says far more about those whose overwrought emotions are strangely reserved for incidents where being “angry” or exhibiting “rage” authenticates their credentials with certain groups than about any genuine feelings generated by what should have been a private tragedy.

Actually, I claim no window into the soul of Mr. Weinsten and am unable to glean his intent. But when “over the top” is considered an understatement used to describe a piece of writing, what other conclusion can we draw but that the author is seeking to ratchet up the anger against Mr. Zimmerman, making any reconciliation after the trial impossible?

With justice must come reconciliation and writers like Weinstein are making it impossible to achieve either.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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There is a pervasive sickness within white America which justifies any and all hyperbole, just as long as it makes them appear 'non racist'. In other words, it is irrelevant what the facts at hand are. All that matters is that they support the braying race baiters to prove their 'tolerance' bonafides. Never mind that the star witness called whites 'crackers', pretending that Blacks can never be racist!

But when so called journalists resort to herd-like 'reporting', well, it surely proves that journalistic malpractice is at an all time high.
In fact, leftist PC media is responsible for much more than the politics of rage and stupidity - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/what-happens-when-a-compliant-media-ceases-their-due-diligence-thus-parroting-officialdoms-narratives-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Of course, reporting about all the Black on Black crime in Chicago - and elsewhere - doesn't serve the meme of the likes of Adam Weinstein. What a tool.....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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That's all this racist liberal witch hunt has ever been, a complete debasement of the American legal system.
1 year ago
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Ah yes Gawker, a website loaded with writers that go out of there way to smear anyone who isn't a liberal Democrat is taking the agenda media to task.
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Between the day Martin died and the day Zimmerman was acquited over 11,000 blacks were murdered by other blacks. Who gives a sh*t?
1 year ago
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Verdict in - Not Guilty.
1 year ago
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Jury's verdict: Innocent on all counts.

The trial shouldn't have happened.
The prosecution couldn't find enough evidence to put on a half serious trial.
The jurors weren't stupid and were courageous enough to be truthful.
Perhaps Zimmerman is guilty or perhaps he's innocent—
The court still has to prove its case.
Justice was done.

Is there somewhere I can send a check to help pay for his legal fees?
Getting an innocent verdict on a felony indictment can still cost $50,000.
1 year ago
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In the likely chance that Zimmerman will end up in jail, I hope that the next President pardons him the first day of his Presidency.
1 year ago
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I think it obvious why this photo has not been circulated by the major media outlets, and it has nothing to do with trying to tamp down the outrage over Martin's death, and outrage that Mr. Weinstein feels viscerally upon seeing it; a tamping of outrage Mr. Weinstein seems to think is an attempt to abet Zimmerman's act. The photo has been withheld only because it cuts against the media's portrayal of the two participants in what happened that night.
1 year ago
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Mr. Moran is right on the nose. The entire Zimmerman episode is intended to serve every agenda out there except that of justice. The case was drummed up by "community activists" so that they could appear "active: against "racism." (The awkward facet that Zimmerman was half-Latino was solved by the invention of that new demographic - The "white Hispanic.") 2012 was an election year and "community organizers"(and the Justice Department) wanted to be sure that the black vote was properly motivated to get out there and (later) vote, particularly in a swing state like Florida.

Is Zimmerman guilty of anything? I don't know - That's why we have jury trials. However cases like this are trial by jury AND trial by media. CNN and ABC has used the case (and fanned racial discord) to gin up their ratings and appear relevant once again.

Last year, at about the same time as the Martin/Zimmerman confrontation there was a drive-by shooting in a housing development in my hometown. Three "youths" from an inner cirty street gang indiscriminately sprayed bullets into a ground floor apartment believing that a member of a rival gang was in it on "their" turf. The enemy combatant was not in fact present. However an infant girl less than a year old was killed and her two-year old sister badly wounded. The three were eventually arrested and one of them flipped on the others. These two went to trial and were found guilty. Neither showed much remorse.

All of the participants in this horrible drama were and are black. The victims were little children killed and wounded by the most thuggish and monstrous behavior imaginable. Yet because the case lacked the proper racial "hook" it only received local coverage. There was nothing to exploit and no agenda to be served. Yet change the race of the shooters to white (or "white Hispanic") and we would be awash in frenzied national news coverage.
1 year ago
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Rick: "...This is the writer overlaying a template on Zimmerman that isn’t even a caricature of the truth..."

Well said. One special falsehood keeps popping up. Juan Williams was published yesterday saying that Zimmerman was told by the operator on the telephone to not follow Martin. This is not true. That operator said "We don't need you to do that [follow Martin]"

If your wife says, "I don't need you to do that, General [wipe the dishes]," is that the same as saying, "Don't wipe those dishes, General"? Of course not, yet this keeps being incorrectly said all over the media, including by many of even the good folks at Fox News.
1 year ago
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Ever the cynic where the left and/or the media are concerned, there's another aspect to be explored regarding the mayor and town officials deciding to bring this case to trial, cold hard cash. How could a small town pass up the opportunity to bring national attention, media and crowds of curious people, all with money to spend, into their community? A trial like this is a goldmine just waiting to be exploited.
1 year ago
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Yup, that's pretty cynical. Do you really think being notorious is a big draw for tourists? You might want to ask the present-day citizens of Aushwitz or Salem (Mass). Also, do you think it helps tourism if the reaction to the trial results in the town burning down?
1 year ago
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I think comparing this legal fiasco to Aushwitz or even Salem diminishes the truly terrible nature of those events, especially Aushwitz. This may be a tragedy but, if it weren't for the interference of charlatans and politicians, we would never even have heard the name of either one of these two sad souls.
1 year ago
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The money generated by the media presence alone is enough to greatly boost local business and tax revenues. My point is that there are many axes being ground in this media/political extravaganza. Every single time there's a trial with national interest - many of them, oddly, in Florida - hundreds of people wait in line daily hoping to get a seat in the courtroom. These people are, for all intents and purposes, tourists attracted to the media spotlight. I've learned that, in a America in 2013, being too cynical is impossible.
1 year ago
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Just another case of selective Leftist "outrage" that only exists because it advances their partisan political aspirations.

In this case it serves to promote further limitations to the rights of gunowners, limit the use of self-defense and the "Stand your ground" laws, and protect the rights of the thug class to wear hoodies as they 'case' neighborhoods for burglaries.

Plus, it plays into the hands of the race-baiters who can be reliably counted upon to deliver the votes of aggrieved racial groups to the Dems.
1 year ago
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There is a pervasive sickness within white America which justifies any and all hyperbole, just as long as it makes them appear 'non racist'. In other words, it is irrelevant what the facts at hand are. All that matters is that they support the braying race baiters to prove their 'tolerance' bonafides. Never mind that the star witness called whites 'crackers', pretending that Blacks can never be racist!

But when so called journalists resort to herd-like 'reporting', well, it surely proves that journalistic malpractice is at an all time high.
In fact, leftist PC media is responsible for much more than the politics of rage and stupidity - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/what-happens-when-a-compliant-media-ceases-their-due-diligence-thus-parroting-officialdoms-narratives-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Of course, reporting about all the Black on Black crime in Chicago - and elsewhere - doesn't serve the meme of the likes of Adam Weinstein. What a tool.....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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It should be painfully clear to everyone by now that their is a Racist Lynch Mob ready to pounce on any person of caucasian appearance who runs afoul of dark skinned folks....with lawfare, smear campaigns, and pressuring government agencies to persecute the cauc. These people have significant influence in the the power structures of our society to inflict pain on people they hate.
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