First I should mention my history with Democracy Now, a 1 hour independent news program that airs Monday through Friday on the Link Channel and on Los Angeles KCET 28 (my local channel). I was introduced to this program many many years ago by a friend of mine, but my viewings of the program have been mostly sporadic. I tune into them the same reason I tune into any independent news network or website, to get news that mainstream media won’t cover because they’re biased. Problem is, as I’ve learned over the years, independent media can be biased too, just in different ways because they are run by different people who may or may not have different views.
In the case of Democracy Now, their bias is that they always take the side of the lower class, or if they’re not in the story, the middle class, and in all other cases unless the independents suit their views, the Democrats (in the case of the current upcoming election Jill Stein has become their role model for president instead of Hillary Clinton). That seems respectable and all, reporting on and taking the side of protesters and such who rally against big corporate, corporations who (“who” rather than “that”, because corporations are apparently considered to be considered cocksucking people) run projects that threaten natural resources, and anybody who is or claims to be a victim of police racism/brutality (there is a difference between “is” and “claims”). That seems nice of them to always take their side, but the problem is that they always take their side. Whether they are right or wrong. Don’t get me wrong, much of the time, corporations who threaten natural resources are assholes who deserve to be rallied against, but every once in a while there is a project that is unjustly rallied against. There are police who are racist, or who are unjustly brutal in their actions/reactions to individuals, but that doesn’t apply to all police (or arguably even the majority of police) who make news headlines. But when you make a report that falsely vilify someone who should not be vilified, that’s going too far.
So on today’s (August 31, 2016’s) episode of Democracy Now, Amy BitchTits Goodman made this statement:
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey was also defeated. Corey had faced widespread criticism for her handling of several prominent cases, including the killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin by white neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman and the case of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she maintains was a warning shot at her abusive husband. [emphasis added]
First of all, stating that Zimmerman’s race is ‘white’ is not accurate and is obviously fueling the whole racism issue that mainstream media is fueling, which has started have severe side-effects, in case no one has noticed lately. Zimmerman is just as much Hispanic as he is White, if not more-so, so playing the race card on him is biased and stupid, though there have been backlash against claiming him to be otherwise.
Second of all, ‘vigilante’? As if he was going around intended to gun down black criminals any chance he could get? Just leave the description to the facts you cunt, that he was part of the neighborhood watch.
“But he was a vigilante, who did gun down Trayvon Martin in cold blood!” one may respond. To which I will reply, “You haven’t taken a close look at the details of the case, have you?” Well I have, and here’s what I’ve found.
It is argued that Zimmerman basically came up, argued at Martin, and then shot him, possibly getting in a small scuffle prior to it. Problem with that is that it’s easier to believe Zimmerman’s side of the story, where he says Martin attacked him first (though after Zimmerman ill-advisedly, and using poor-judgement, chased Martin after Martin ran from him while he was in his car, and eventually Zimmerman gave up the chase, went back to his car, and Martin came and confronted him there). After tackling Zimmerman to the ground, severely beating his head into the ground, and supposedly reaching for his ground, Zimmerman got his gun and shot Martin, in a case that when you look at the details and the evidence, clearly seems to be in self-defense. Evidence for that side of it? The markings on Zimmerman’s head, and other notes made about the bruises around various parts of his body.
For in-depth details into the whole George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case, see this site:
As much as I hate bringing up past events like this, I kinda find it necessary when news organizations continue to use the racist angle story of an unjust racially motivated killing of white on black, and when fucking movements like Black Lives Matter continue to use such a story as motivation, when the story does not support their movement at all. It is bullshit, and all the assholes in that organization are dumb as shit for not looking into the details of something they use as motivation for such a cause. Fuck the biased news.
Oh, and in case the foul language above didn’t make things obvious, Democracy Now has gotten on my bad side, and so has Amy Goodman. The reporters/writers on that program should have known better. And Amy should have known better too. I expect better from independent news organizations.
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