If All The Horrible Things We've Heard About Trayvon Martin Are True, Are Any Of His Offenses Punishable By Death?
Who's the man on the right? The implication: It was Trayvon Martin. The online rumor was that this photo was "pulled from Facebook." But on Sunday, the Twitter aggregator (yes, we've come to that point) Twitchy, which tracks viral content, retracted a post about the photo. "The photo on the right is not Trayvon Martin," editors wrote.
Yesterday, I was still seeing blog posts tracking the spread of the photo. This morning, I was still getting Facebook messages about it.
This isn't too surprising; on slow news day, the site gives premium placement to stories about black youths flashmobbing and beating people up. It's sensationalism. The defense of this coverage is that the early stories -- the ones that mysteriously made the un-arrested killer of Martin come off poorly -- are responsible for odious stunts like the New Black Panther Party's "bounty" for Zimmerman and tweets about Zimmerman's address. "It’s not the slam-dunk jaw-dropping outrage it has been portrayed as," wrote John Hayward in Human Events yesterday, "and that portrayal has led us to a moment of anger, confusion, and incipient violence." The implication is that more details about the case can correct that. But nothing can change the storyline like misinformation, stuff convinces the people already disinclined to worry about these sorts of crimes that they can move right on.
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