No one should scoff, especially in light of the video recently released by Breitbart. It includes a segment on Al Sharpton's involvement in the manufactured Tawana Brawley rape story in 1987. In that video - circa 1992 - Sharpton actually explains how he manipulates the media to his advantage. It also features an interview with a former Sharpton colleague who deserted the notorious race-baiter after it became obvious to him that Sharpton intentionally lied about the Brawley case.
The Tawana Brawley case establishes intent.
Fast forward to today. NBC news is caught intentionally pushing the narrative that feeds Sharpton's nefarious premise, relative to the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. That narrative is that a racist white male hunted down and shot a young black male.
Via Washington Post:
NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin. A statement from NBC:
“We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”
Great news right there. As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters, the “Today” segment took this approach to a key part of the dispatcher call:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
Here’s how the actual conversation went down:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.Here is video of an exchange between Fox's Sean Hannity and Brent Bozell in which the aforementioned discrepancy is discussed. Bozell is particularly and visibly disgusted by what NBC did. In fact, it is a bit interesting that all of this - including the video below - was posted to the Washington Post's blog.
Ok, so did Sharpton and his gaggle of race-baiters all need to help the media get on the same page so that there would be a common narrative all would echo? Is that why it took so long for the media to pounce on the story? Again, I refer you to the video posted by Breitbart.
Moreover, it's important not to forget that the mainstream media - almost universally - posted disingenuous, dated, and inaccurate photos that seemed to serve the same purpose. Again, if this was orchestrated, it would take some time to pull off.
First, here are the photos released of Trayvon and Zimmerman that only served to further what appears to be an attempt by Sharpton to "manipulate" the media. Note that the photo of Trayvon is four years old and shows him as a happy young boy. The photo of Zimmerman is a 2005 mugshot.
A more realistic and current juxtaposition of the two would be something like this:
Additionally, none other than Barack Obama inserted himself into this case when he made the point that if he had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon."
It's time the media either realizes it's been had and comes clean or continues to remain complicit in a propaganda campaign designed solely and intentionally to enflame racial tensions for some larger agenda.
One more question that needs to be answered: To what extent is the Obama administration involved in this media manipulation?
h/t Sipsey Street