Not So Young Wolf, on 21 April 2012 - 12:27 PM, said:
Well sure, there's more to speculate, and yes the media was fueling both sides of that argument. And right now, we still don't have all the facts, so shall we start all over from the beginning again?
All we have to talk about now is his bond hearing...and where is Zimmerman hiding. I vote Denver...begin the angry debate.
Zimmerman already turned himself in, the hearing already occured, and he was released on $150,000 bail. He has to get clearance with the prosecutor before leaving the state. The defense attorney got the chief investigator on the stand, and got him to make some admissions regarding the state's lack of evidence on some fairly important issues. There also was a photo released, taken three minutes after the police arrived on the scene, showing a clear view of Zimmerman's head.
And that's the kind of thing that gets me. In the prior thread, we had at least a dozen people leaping up to assign major significance to a grainy police surveillance tape that did not show an obvious sign of injury. And folks were jumping to all sorts of conclusions about that. Then when this photo comes out, and it's just....crickets. No comments, nothing. Why is that? Why is it of huge significance when there is no blood, but inconsequential if there is? Is that because it doesn't fit with some folks preconceived views about what happened, or is it just that people lost interest in following things after the initial reports? Maybe it's a combination, I don't know. Suppose it would have come out at the hearing that there never was any blood, no injuries to his nose, and no grass stains on the back of his shirt. Might this thread have been a bit more busy?
Then there's this related outrage about the woman for whom SYG was unjustly denied. And apparently, because she's black, that's just another example of racism -- despite the guy she shot at also being black. But outrage again. So then NestorM looks for some more balanced information, finds it, and...crickets again.
It looks to me like a lot of people have a lot more interest in discussing sensationalism than they do in discussing actual facts. And that's understandable, because after all, sensationalism is more interesting. I just don't like the general perjorative of "The Average American" being used as an insult against the lesser beings who allegedly don't see everything as intelligently as we (allegedly) do. The alternative to saying that folks are just following media trends is that people are avoiding the topic because the additional facts aren't what they wanted them to be, so they just avoid the subject. Unfortunately, some folks can't, which is why I was opposing the race-baiting when this thing started.
Edited by Former Lord of Winterfell, 21 April 2012 - 12:58 PM.