JOHN ALTHOUSE COHEN ON FACEBOOK: “Prediction: the Zimmerman verdict will lead to amendments to penal codes across the country to make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions, causing even more blacks to be incarcerated.”
It’s almost inconceivable just how bad the trial coverage was. I even had someone last night who honestly was not aware of Di Maio’s incredibly unbelievable testimony, not to mention her huge credibility issues. He’s just read what she’d claimed, and the report contained nothing to suggest that she was unbelievable. Yet even reporters who witnessed the whole thing still don’t seem to get it.
Even today, people are still repeating things about this case that aren’t true, even things that have been known not to be true for months. National Radio for example, talked about “Stand you Ground”, when this had nothing to do with that law, and no claims were made under it in court. I even had someone last night still continuing to insist that Zimmerman was ordered not to follow even after I posted quotes from the trial where the prosecution stated it wasn’t an order, and the dispatcher himself explained why it wasn’t an order. People are simply not interested in facts on this one – why?
Worse, is the continual insistence that Zimmerman was a racist. Where’s the evidence of that? It simply doesn’t exist. The evidence is that he “stalked and shot” a black boy, yet that pre-supposes the answer the the very question put to the jury. So he’s racist because he shot Martin, and he shot Martin because he was racist.
The reality is that this really wasn’t racial at all. Yet certain people (yes, including Obama) used it for political ends and now we are seeing the result.
ROGER SIMON: Obama Big Loser In Zimmerman Trial. “By injecting himself in a minor Florida criminal case by implying Martin could be his son, the president of the United States — a former law professor, of all things — disgraced himself and his office, made a mockery of our legal system and exacerbated racial tensions in our country, making them worse than they have been in years. This is the work of a reactionary, someone who consciously/unconsciously wants to push our nation back to the 1950s.” Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot of fifties-nostalgia among today’s left?Forward — to the past!
Plus: “Of course, they aren’t the only ones. Almost everyone is a victim in this case that should never have been tried. George Zimmerman will never live a normal life. The American public has been polarized with emotions stirred up for absolutely no reason. Racism is essentially manufactured, as if it were a commodity.” For some political organizations, it’s a necessity.
And: “Congratulations to the jury for not acceding to this tremendous pressure.” Yes, they stood up to the organized pressure better than Chief Justice Roberts.
Indeed, the jury is to be congratulated. Sadly, for their trouble they’re in almost as much danger as Zimmerman himself.
But America really has to look at themselves today, and ask why they allowed a bunch of people to stir up the mob on this one, and why the media were, and still are, such ready accomplices.
There are some huge lessons that can be taken from this, but I fear at present, all the wrong ones are being learned.