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By Rusty Weiss and Cliff Kincaid
July 21
, 2012

In their rush to air the video, ABC failed to perform any kind of enhancement or analysis, whether in-house or by experts. Worse, there were suggestions by some that ABC had actually gone out of their way to include a graphic in their video presentation that covered up the back of Zimmerman’s head, avoiding any scrutiny that may have resulted in visual evidence of the wounds. A report from Pajamas Media contributor Bob Owens stated, “ABC News used a strategically placed chyron (graphic) to cover up the back of Zimmerman’s head for their broadcast, covering up the video evidence that would have disproven their story.“

Owens added, “ABC News doctored the video to sell a false narrative, in a dishonest attempt to brand a man a murderer.”

Within a couple of days after the video’s release, reporters at the Daily Caller and had performed their own video enhancements, concluding that there was sufficient evidence to suggest ABC had jumped the gun in assuming that there had been no evidence of a struggle, noting what appeared to be a head injury on Zimmerman.

Only after the intense scrutiny, and nearly a week later, the Orlando Sentinel quietly reported that ABC had called in the FBI to assist in clarifying the video. The clearer video was released as an exclusive and showed what were reported as “a pair of gashes or welts on George Zimmerman's head."

But this selective representation of a key video was minor in comparison to the case of journalistic malpractice being exercised over at NBC News.

In this particular case, NBC had obtained audio of the 911 call made by George Zimmerman the night of the shooting, and doctored it in a manner that would leave the viewer with no other option than to conclude that Trayvon Martin had been targeted because he was black. The original dialogue in the call read:

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.

NBC’s edited version read:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good…He looks black.

The audio had not only been edited aurally, but had successfully edited the viewpoints of those who had heard, tainting public perception of the case. After being exposed by Fox News and media watchdog NewsBusters, NBC launched an official investigation into the incident, which eventually led to the dismissal of two reporters and a producer.

The fallout should have been readily apparent—when it comes to race, the media also exhibits radical liberal, and therefore racial bias. They were quick to launch judgments in the Trayvon Martin case, opening themselves to a slew of charges ranging from sensationalist, to bombastic, to untruthful—but most certainly, racially motivated.

Additionally, there were serious crimes that occurred post-Trayvon, some even including violence inspired by the case, and some which had a racial component. Would they also be reported?

A Media Whitewash

Nowhere was the media whitewash of hate crimes of equal import, but of reversed skin tones, more personified than the story of Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami. The pair had stopped their vehicle at an intersection in Norfolk, Virginia, awaiting a red light. There were dozens of young people standing by, one of whom launched a rock at the car window. When Mr. Forster emerged to confront the vandal, a beating ensued that included wave after wave of young men kicking and punching Forster and Rostami alike.

The two victims were white. The alleged assailants, black.

The media buried the story for weeks, including the local Virginian-Pilot, which only ran news of the assault as a side note opinion article two weeks later. Norfolk residents were outraged that a possible racially motivated attack had occurred in their hometown, and the big name paper of note refused to acknowledge it—despite the fact that the victims, Forster and Rostami, are reporters … at the Virginian-Pilot.

The cover-up quickly caught the eye of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly who, on a May 2nd broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor, questioned the newspaper’s motivation:

“You have this mob that attacked them. That’s dangerous, and that’s the story. Whenever you have a racially charged mob, that’s a big story. It looks to me like Pilot is politically correct and didn’t want to get in the middle of the racial aspect.”

“The bottom line is this, it looks like this was a race deal. [...] A big newspaper that serves the community knew about it and covered it up. This is crazy. You can’t have this stuff.”

Talk radio host Dave Parker added:

“If these racial roles were reversed, this would be a huge national story. All of the individuals that were down in Sanford, Florida would be here in Virginia Beach, in Norfolk.”

It wasn’t the first racially motivated beating since the Trayvon Martin case to go under-reported.

On April 4th, a 50-year-old white man was beaten severely with a hammer by a pair of black teens, resulting in the man being placed on life support. The attack occurred just east of Trayvon Martin’s hometown of Sanford, Florida, on the same day that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and leaders of the New Black Panther Party were holding rallies to protest the Martin case.

A mugging took place in Chicago that involved a white man who was repeatedly punched in the head by two black teens while he was down on the ground. The incident began when one of the suspects demanded that the victim “empty your pockets, white boy.” Shortly after his arrest, one of the suspects earned himself “hate crime” status, telling police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white.

A white tourist in Baltimore was pummeled outside a courthouse, and as he lay on the ground unconscious, had his belongings stolen, and his clothes stripped off of him. The incident was posted on YouTube by an African-American man who stated, “Me and my boys helped get justice for Trayvon.” The incident was cited in a letter from a four-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Pat McDonough, to the governor of Maryland, in which he pleaded for help in trying to “prevent the consistent and dangerous attacks upon citizens by roving mobs of black youths.”

At the Wisconsin state fair, a mob of violent black youths targeted fair-goers by randomly beating them as opening night came to a close. Witnesses themselves classified the incident as racially motivated, with one individual telling Newsradio 620 WTMJ, “It looked like they were just going after white guys, white people.” Thus far, the mainstream media and the administration have declined to look further into the attacks.

The provocative radio host Rush Limbaugh has summarily described this as Obama’s America, one in which white kids are beaten while the black kids cheer. Ward Connerly, a leading black conservative voice, has succinctly stated, “Candidly, I think that race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected.”

But Obama is not alone in fanning the flames of racism in America, or in government.

Race Training

In early May, Democrats in the House of Representatives attended an actual training course on how to address the issue of race as a way to defend government programs. Maya Wiley, President of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) as well as the Chair of the Tides Network Board at the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation, showed Democrats how they can take seemingly mundane free market rhetoric, and transform it into incendiary material branded with racism.

In her distributed remarks, Wiley criticized “conservative messages [that are] racially ‘coded’ and had images of people of color that we commonly see used” and proposed tactics for countering the Republicans’ presumably coded rhetoric.

That rhetoric, according to the CSI website “has dominated debates of racial justice—undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process” for the last 25 years or more.

Wiley then went on to instruct Democrats on the use of “race explicit” anecdotes to illustrate problems such as the economic crisis. “Explain how each racial group is affected (recognize the unique pain of each group), but start with people who are White,” she wrote in her distributed remarks. “Then raise racial disparities.”

She urged her fellow Democrats to appeal to “white swing voters while building support among voters of color.” This, she explained, was necessary in order for white voters to communicate that “people of color are in pain and it’s the same pain I, as a White person, would or do feel. It’s [about] humanizing people of color.”

How will these tactics be utilized in the upcoming election?

The Race to 2012

The drive to use race as a wedge tool toward re-election runs much deeper than just targeted ad campaigns. And the Obama administration is actively changing “get out the vote” to “get out the illegal vote.”

AIM exposed this strategy in Jim Simpson’s special report, The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.

Suffice it to say that voter registration rolls are wrought with inaccuracies—something both sides of the political aisle should want to contain, as it effects the integrity of the fundamental right in our nation to vote—but the administration is fighting tooth and nail to prevent any improvements in accuracy.

Even The New York Times has reported on the widespread problems:

The nation’s voter registration rolls are in disarray, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States. The problems have the potential to affect the outcomes of local, state and federal elections.

One in eight active registrations is invalid or inaccurate. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote—at least 51 million potential voters—are not registered.

Inaccuracies included nearly two million dead people, and nearly three million people with multiple state registrations.

The report found that there are about 1.8 million dead people listed as active voters. Some 2.8 million people have active registrations in more than one state. And 12 million registrations have errors serious enough to make it unlikely that mailings based on them will reach voters. “These problems waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections,” said David Becker, director of election initiatives at the center.

The Times report actually hints that an online system using voter ID may be a solution—a seemingly common sense argument.

Yet the opposite viewpoint has been held by the Obama Administration and liberal Democrats. Why? Not because the Democrats actually believe that minorities are incapable of attaining proper photo identification (as evidenced by photo ID requirements to attend Democrat conventions and meetings with the President) but rather, because they understand that victory is far less likely without illegal voters on the rolls.

Their motivations for navigating away from common sense were quite clear when members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to the house floor in January to assert that “voter ID laws popping up around the country are aimed at dissuading minority voters from voting, and making it harder for President Obama to win re-election.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has been at the forefront here, opposing voter ID laws at every turn, branding them as a racist effort to suppress the minority vote. Holder has instigated lawsuits in an attempt to block voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, and most recently in Florida, a state which is actively trying to purge its voter rolls of dead and foreign voters. This, despite a 6-3 ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 2008 upholding Indiana’s right to require such identification for voting.

In a speech to the Council of Black Churches, Holder lumped voter ID laws into the same category as “white discrimination” and warned church leaders that their implementation could place “some of the achievements that defined the civil rights movement” in peril.

Holder asserted that the right to vote is being threatened, and he is correct in a sense. The right to cast a vote legally by the average law-abiding citizen is being threatened by the administration’s belief that allowing others to vote illegally in an attempt to gain political power is a positive thing.

An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal summarized Holder’s actions best:

“It's worse than a shame that America’s first black Attorney General is using his considerable power to inflame racial antagonism.”

Aside from actively allowing illegal votes, the Obama administration has also made an unprecedented move in trying to grant voting power to illegals.

Recently, President Obama issued a “deferred action” executive order which halts the deportation of some 800,000 illegal immigrants. The policy bypasses Congress, a tactic the President has used repeatedly, and achieves in part the goals set forth by the DREAM Act, a plan that creates a path to citizenship for young people who have entered the country illegally, but may have attended college or served in the military.

The tactic is pure politics—but uses a racial divide to attain an election goal by targeting and using the Latino population through pure pandering. The move came less than one week before both Presidential candidates were due to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants has long been a goal of the administration and Democrats in general. Illegal aliens, individuals with no regard for United States immigration law, may be the only path to victory for President Obama in 2012.

And it has been in the works for some time. Take the case of Eliseo Medina, for example.

Medina previously served as a member of Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council and is today an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. As such, he used the platform of an America’s Future Now! conference in 2009 to outline a plan for long-term Democratic rule through blanket amnesty.

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“We reform the immigration laws; it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. If we have eight million new voters who care about, and will be voting, we will be creating a governing coalition for the long term.”

The Obama Administration’s tactics are to exploit and manipulate racial and ethnic differences for political gain. This is not an accident but a deliberate political strategy that one can find in the mind of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who “educated” Obama during his critical growing up years. Black people, Davis told Obama, have “reason to hate.” The evidence shows that Obama has incorporated that hatred in his policies and pronouncements.

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Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also the Editor for two major technology newsletters. You can e-mail Rusty at, or follow him on Twitter @rustyweiss74.

Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.

Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.

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The Obama Administration’s tactics are to exploit and manipulate racial and ethnic differences for political gain.