I have just been reading a print copy of Murdoch’s Sydney Daily Telegraph. To be honest I am disappointed that the editors allowed a piece by Rene Stutzman to appear because the whole article consisted of the BGI narrative. This is disappointing and it means there is a lot of work to be done if we are going to have any impact at all. The new variation in the narrative is that the verdict is somehow going to be responsible for race riots, however, let’s turn that type of thinking on its head for a few minutes.
Whilst I do not have a copy of the article in front of me, I am bristling with rage because of how Rene Stutzman wrote that article. The stand out word was VIGILANTE and in the piece it was in big letters. This leaves Australians with a very wrong impression about George Zimmerman and the events of that night.
First of all, the word VIGILANTE is an extremely emotive word. It conjures up certain images, usually of KKK types riding on horses and with sheets on their heads with slits for the eyes, the nose and the mouth. It is the kind of word that suggests the person, in this case George was roaming the streets looking for a (yes I am going there) nigger to kill. If you are offended by my use of that word, then it is too bad, because I am using it in the context of the images that are conjured up by the use of the word VIGILANTE. The word VIGILANTE in my opinion is extremely offensive when it is being used to describe what took place on the night that 17 year old Trayvon Martin was killed.
Second, Rene Stutzman continues to deceptively use the picture of a 12 year old “boy”, which is an image of the one who was not killed, which means that her article is deceiving the Australian public because, through the image of the 12 year old she is implying something that did not happen. The refusal of Stutzman to use the picture of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, a picture taken prior to his death is shameful in the extreme. It give such a false picture of that night that it is enough for me to want to write to the Zimmermans and tell them to add the Daily Telegraph to their list of media outlets that need to be sued, or at least add Rene Stutzman to the list because she continues to perpetuate the false story.
The whole article reeked of BGI fantasy. There was barely a word of truth in the whole of it. The article did not address what took place, and it did not address the fact that Rachel Jeantel had committed perjury. Neither did she address the fact that there was a witness who saw Trayvon Martin beating down on George Zimmerman.
It seems to me that all of us have work to do if we are going to be able to defeat this false narrative. We have work to do in defeating the deceptiveness of a complicit media when it comes to spreading a story that is simply not a representation of the real facts that night.