Above are the headlines which were automatically generated when the WordPress “Press This” button was pushed on William Saletan’s article on ABC’s treatment of Juror B29, ‘Maddy’.
Going to the article itself, there is an apparent change, and the milder look is shown below. The discrepancy is probably due to a need to keep the original link URLS and tags, after editors tone down the appearance of the article itself.
Aside from that apparent change, William Saletan has provided a good analysis of media bias coming from ABC. Their video cutting and editing provides an impression that juror B-29 thought Zimmerman was guilty of murder, but had to acquit due to the letter of the law.
When a less edited video is heard or viewed, it is apparent that the juror understood that Zimmerman was guilty of killing Trayvon, (an undisputed fact of the case) but that this was not manslaughter or second degree murder because no Intention to kill was apparent. Saletan tells us that ABC interviewer put the phrase “got away with murder” in Maddie’s mouth. She was repeating it (vid link) as she analyzed the question being put to her.
Saletan gets a thumbs up for analyzing the media treatment of this case in a dispassionate way. Click his link and read for yourself.
You’ll meet a juror who wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of the killing, out of sympathy for the victim and his family, but knew that the charges did not fit the situation. She put aside her feelings and and conscientiously interpreted the law. You will also see the ill effects she is suffering, now that she is aware of the government-fomented race war which has been generated from this case.
Tags: media malpractice