Saturday, March 31, 2012

Loads of Fatuous Nonsense on CNN and MSNBC

George Zimmerman should be arrested, charged, and tried in a court of law for the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. We may, unfortunately, have to wait until after the Florida grand jury meets on April 10 to see that happen.

In the meantime, we are seeing loads and loads of fatuous nonsense, particularly on CNN and MSNBC. A couple of days ago racial tensions boiled over between CNN's resident ponce Piers Morgan and MSNBC's resident hip-hopper Touré.

Piers Morgan's crime was interviewing the brother of an accused killer without benefit of sufficient cultural context on what is really going on and at stake for America. This sort of brow-beating has become de rigueur on MSNBC where a lynch mob mentality is developing. CNN has not been immune from the hysterias, employing questionable audio enhancement to turn an under-the-breath muttering into a clear racial slur.

Over at the Time website, Touré had some advice for young black boys caught in Trayvon Martin's situation:

If you feel you are being profiled and followed or, worse, chased by someone with a vigilante streak — if you are hunted in the way it seems Trayvon was, by someone bigger than you who may be armed and hopped up on stereotypes about you — then you need to act. By calling the police. That is the exact time to snitch. I know there are times the cops will be your enemies, but sometimes calling 911 and letting the threatening person know that you’re doing so could save your life.
That's right, the hip-hoppers advice is to call 911 and "snitch" on your pursuer.

One of the things that has turned out to be incorrect in this case was the initial reports of the indifference of the Sanford police to this killing. In fact, George Zimmerman was brought to the police station in handcuffs and interrogated by a white lead investigator who recommended he be charged with an unjustified homicide.

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