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  •  It doesn't have any relevance to the trial. (0+ / 0-)

    Who said it did?  What IS relevant, in general, is whether or not the public has been fed only select parts of a story that someone wants told, and if so, why?

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 07:24:38 AM PDT

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    •  If these details of Martin's life aren't relevant (2+ / 0-)
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      to the trial, or what happened, then why does it even matter in the first place?  Why is it anyone's business?

      Why WOULD the media report on it if it's got nothing to do with anything?

      •  For the simple reason that, ... (0+ / 0-)

        if TM actually was raised by his stepmother (from age 3 onwards, while married to TM's father) and not his biological mother, yet the media led you to believe that he was raised by his biological mother and made no mention whatsoever of there even being another parent, wouldn't you wonder why you were being led to believe something that wasn't true?  And if media viewers were lied to about one thing, what are the odds that they were lied to about others?  (Actually, we know that several things were, and continue to be, misreported, but that's a story for a different diary (or book) which hopefully we'll see after the trial is concluded and all the facts are in.)

        The media should not merely repeat what it's been told, it should investigate to verify the truth of what it's told and, if it learns there's more to the story (or a misstatement of fact or even an actual lie within the story it's been given), should not only report that there's more to the story but also reveal the results of its investigations into WHY it may have been given a false story.  Also, the media should never tell only part of a story; if it reports at all, it should report the FULL set of facts, without judgment as to whether certain facts are relevant or not.  It's up to the reading public to make that determination, just like it's up to the jury to ultimately determine GZ's guilt or innocence rather than the public at large, 99% of which isn't watching the FULL trial and therefore is UNINFORMED about what ALL the evidence is (some of which is STILL unknown because it has been purposefully withheld until it can be revealed at trial).

        Does the stepmother angle to the story have anything to do with what happened on Feb. 26th, 2012.  Not that I can see.  But what I CAN see is that the public was misled ... deliberately.  Which raises the issue of the reliability of the media's reports on ALL aspects of this story.  By whom it was misled, and the reason(s) why it was misled, are answers some are interested in learning because, if the media cannot be believed as to this simple fact, why should it believed as to any other element of this story?

        All that said, the media in general has pretty much lost all credibility over the past few years, regardless of the subject matter of the story du jour, thus EVERYTHING reported needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, meaning that additional research by readers should be undertaken by readers/viewers before coming to ANY conclusion, even a  preliminary one, on ANY subject.  Unless and until the media's hierarchy eventually figures out that it must become NEUTRAL reporters of fact to regain any credibility, we'll just continue to see their audiences dwindle until nothing recognizable is left.  In the meantime, I've learned at least one valuable technique, and that is to form NO opinion on a reported story until at least five days have passed because "breaking" reports have proven, time and time again, to be riddled with error.  Even after that time has passed, audiences are still on their own in trying to determine facts because most of the media is agenda-driven these days.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 10:43:46 AM PDT

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        •  I guess I just fail to see that some stepmother (2+ / 0-)
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          that no one talked about is even a scandal.  Family drama happens.  We don't know much about this woman.  There may be some reason she's supposedly been basically shunned from the family.

          Not to mention, Trayvon Martin isn't on trial here.  Zimmerman is.  Martin's character doesn't particularly matter.  What matters is whether Zimmerman attacked first.

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