The shooter of Trayvon Martin is now said by many to have apologized. All over the media this is being reported, even on Fox TV news, even though he did nothing of the sort.
To apologize implies that one is taking responsibility for something bad. One cannot apologize for a rained out picnic but can for failing to provide umbrellas. What Mr. Zimmerman said in court on Friday April 20 is this: "I am sorry for the loss of your son." And who wouldn't be? Saying this doesn't at all imply that Zimmerman, accused of murdering Mr. Martin, admitted guilt. He, like anyone who grasps the loss of Mr. Martin's parents, expressed his sorrow.
But by characterizing it as an apology, news reporters implicate Mr. Zimmerman in confessing to murder, which he certainly didn't do.
I have no stake in this at all. I don't know if Mr. Zimmerman is guilty of manslaughter, murder, negligent homicide, or killing someone in self defense. What I do know is that what he said in court on Friday does not amount to a confession. Let's get this straight.*
* I develop the thesis here more fully in "Should You Apologize?" a chapter of my book Libertarianism Defended (Ashgate, 2006)
Posted by TPaine on 04/22/12 04:26 PM
]tells the Truth in a Politically Correct environment?
what truth? the fact that this is a right-wing racist site doesn't mean other people are not racists as well?
Posted by Bobby7 on 04/22/12 03:35 PM
What is a RACIST? If I say the White race has given more to society, than the Black race, am I racist?
If I say Israelis are acting like Nazis towards the Palestinians, am I racist?
If I say the British treated the Irish like dirt for 800 years, am I racist?
If I say that 6 million Jews did not die in the concentration camps, but that number is a Kabbalah/Occultic number & was used in 1919:
The American Hebrew
October 31, 1919
The Crucifixion of Jews must stop!
By Martin H. Glynn
(Former Govenor of the State of N.Y.)
From across the sea six million men and woman call to us for help, and eight hundred thousand little children cry for bread. These children, these men and women are our fellow members of the human family with the same claim on life as we, the same susceptibility to the winter's cold, the same propensity to death before the fangs of hunger. Within them reside the illimitable possibilities for the advancement of the human race as naturally would reside in six million human beings. We may not be their keepers but we ought to be their helpers.
Am I a racist & anti-Semitic or am I a "truthist", one who tells the Truth in a Politically Correct environment?
Posted by TPaine on 04/22/12 03:21 PM
This is pretty in line with the editorial policies of racists like ron paul and lew rockwell.
Posted by earnst on 04/22/12 11:01 AM
I grew up thinking the news media was independent and our country was free. You know, I believe it was, once, long long ago. Now you have to search hard for truth and fight to take your freedoms one by one. Most seem to just go with the flow. So sad, so very very sad.
Posted by jellyman on 04/22/12 01:59 AM
How about you mention his entire statement,
"I am sorry for the loss of your son." "I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not"
Very very razor fine line there i think.
Posted by Doublethink on 04/21/12 05:41 PM
kidimond, I've tried to argue the very same point about Fox News. The main stream media is the main stream media, and it turns my stomach.
Posted by victorbarney on 04/21/12 01:52 PM
Yes Tibor Machan, this really is only more about the promised "fundamental transformation of government" into marxism, anti-christ by definition, and promised during Obama's campaign to become our President, which are gatherer's, woemn & blacks must have fell in love with because women along made Obama our President with that promised marxist takeover of u.s. You figure. Our CIA already had called out Ted Nugent, didn't they? However, I now predict the arrival of the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 to first appear on SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 to witness against u.s. No our "gatherer's" will not like them for sure! Watch!
Posted by kldimond on 04/21/12 01:48 PM
The "mainstream" media just keep on showing us the best reasons they should go out of business. It isn't reporting, it's gamesmanship, propaganda--and they all have the same master in the end.
You say "even Fox news," but truth be told, Fox is just spinning to conservatives to, as NLP recommends, pace, pace, pace and then lead... right to the same place MSNBC goes. Fox is nothing but a prettied up pig. Lipstick, anyone?
Posted by DrBryant on 04/21/12 12:05 PM
Agreed. I watched Mr. Zimmeran make his statement and he in no way apologized for what he could have been forced to do.
He did, however, make a mistake when during the Prosecuting Attorney's lame attempt to personally attack him, the PA described Mr. Zimmerman's action as a "crime" while he (PA) tried (unsuccessfully) to give relevance to the timeline of Mr. Zimmerman expressing his sympathty for the parents' loss.
Mr. Zimmerman would have better served himself to have pointed out to the PA that he did not commit a crime in defending himself.
This entire case is tainted and should be thrown out. The possibility of a fair trial is non-existant with the blame resting squarely in the lap of major news networks which MANUFACTURED LIES and distributed them around the world. Their lack of accountability can be easily seen as a major contribution to the moral decay of this country.
It would be my hope that Mr. Zimmerman, when he finds a deserted island far enough away to be safe from the CRIMINALS in the Black Panther Party (who are yet to be charged for their crimes), who were assisted by despicable people like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, would be able to mount a catastrophic lawsuit against CNN, CBS, ABC and particularly NBC.
Oh and let us not forget, the detective testified that he had NO PROBABLE CAUSE, nor did he have new evidence to justify a charge of 2d Degree Murder.
Can you say "BAFFOON", boys and girls?!
FREE ZIMMERMAN NOW!!... ..and charge the Black Pathers for the crimes they committed when they SOLICITED MURDER FOR HIRE.
Lastly, anyone have any idea how much money Spike Lee had to pay for the damages he caused by his racist stupidity? Just asking.