by Datechguy | April 26th, 2012
Steven Taylor is apparently upset at the attention his last post got and is striking back.
He, of course doesn’t hit on the primary point I made: that the same media that turned the Trayvon Martin case into a race baiting extravaganza is ignoring incidents of violence said raised racial temperature has let to. Nor does he let up on his asinine attempt to ascribe dishonorable motives to my friends which was the reason for my outrage and initial post. Instead he attempts to de-link that Mobile case to the Martin case.
It is an interesting move since the point my friends making concerning the Martin case doesn’t have to rely on just Mobile, there is Chicago for example:
An black 18-year-old suspected of a violent attack on a white teen told Chicago police the beating was motivated by his anger over the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, MyFoxChicago reports.
Or Baltimore where the person who video taped the attack actually tweeted out:
As the linkage to the Martin case is indisputable in the above examples which to be fair Mr. Taylor might not have known about (I wonder why not?) lets instead play in his ball park and examine his four points concerning the Mobile case that he draws from some local coverage.
1. At least one arrest has been made already and the investigation continues.
Simple statement of fact, no problem there.
2. The nature of the assault was not the mob attack of 20+ people that early reports indicated.
Well this this is a little harder, lets look at one of the articles he links to:
The 40-year-old patient has been in the hospital since a group of angry people beat him with paint cans, lawn furniture and other objects on Saturday.
Owens was beaten by a mob of 20 people Saturday night across the street from his sister’s house on Delmar Drive…
…Deputy Chief Lester Hargrove says investigators believe only four people, including Terry Rawls, were directly involved. They believe the rest of the mob just watched. emphasis mine
It’s fair to say then that the actual number of active continual beaters is in doubt but lets ask another question.
If you are part of a crowd egging on those doing the beating (after all only so many people can fit around a body) are you considered part of the mob? Are the only ones guilty in a lynch mob those who tie the rope and pull it or do those in the crowd backing them up count?
3. We do not have any evidence to this point that this was a Trayvon Martin inspired revenge attack (which heavily damages the assertions that this was media driven attack as per the Jim Treacher post I noted the other day).
Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
However lets look at the Treacher post that he referred to again:
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Samford, Florida.
Those aren’t Treacher’s words, they are the words form the report he is quoting from WKRG Channel 5 CBS which we all understand is a bastion of right-wing propaganda and an unreliable source for Treacher and any other blogger who might have linked.
4. Not only is there no evidence of this being Trayvon Martin related, the assailant and the victim have an established prior history of confrontation (which rather takes the air out of the hypothesis that this was a media driven revenger-for-Trayvon attack, again a la Treacher and his harping on NBC).
Yes the there was history between the neighbors whose origin might not have been specifically racial (just as the Martin was not until the national media took grasp of it) but to say no connection ignores the fact that a dispute between neighbors became much more.
But don’t take my word for it, lets look at an actual reporter Quin Hillyar who lives in Mobile discovered:
Several witnesses (not just Owens’ sister in the initial TV report) told me and other reporters that at least one of the attackers, a woman, said as she was leaving the scene that “This is justice for Trayvon,” referring to the nationally discussed tragedy in Florida that took a black 17-year-old’s life and led Sharpton to start his usual race-based histrionics and the New Black Panthers to put a bounty on the shooter, George Zimmerman.
Hmmmm multiple reporters on the scene were told by a witness that a woman said as she was leaving the scene “this is Justice for Trayvon” including the writer of this piece, but what about the police report?
the Mobile police department, at least in public, has been ludicrously behind the curve. Its spokesman said as late as Tuesday that the “Trayvon” statement could not be independently corroborated, even though it took this reporter less than five minutes on the street to find multiple people who say they heard it, and other news outlets reported the same.
Cripes it sounds like the Mobile police are taking lessons from their friends in Adamsville Macon mob stabbing all over again.
One can certainly believe that an initial fight started as just a fight, and one can even question if the multiple witnesses talking to Quin Hillyer on the scene are truthful or not, but one can’t in honesty say there is “no evidence of this being Trayvon Martin related” after reading his report from Mobile.
In other words the attempt to turn this into a “gotcha” moment for blogs on the right and to immune people honor remains well, weak at best and self-righteous at worst. Where does Mr. Taylor fit in this? You the reader can read us both and make up your own mind. As for me I don’t know the man, he might be a nice and fun guy worth having on the show someday but I’ve got to tell you this last bit isn’t inspiring:
And yes, I have almost certainly started another round of Ridiculous Comment Thread Theater, so my apologies to the regulars
How dare Mr. Taylor’s regular readers have their serene isolation disturbed by those uncouth people of the right who dare defend their friends honor. Sheesh.
The network is very sensitive about the whole Al Sharpton/MSNBC issue, so when the right-wing bloggers started hammering, they needed to throw them fresh meat,” said the station source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the controversy.
You mean the coverage of the Martin case might have been tilted because of Race and Al Sharpton? Wasn’t that the point of what everyone was saying?
Update 2: James spots a missed link above, it’s now inserted, thanks for the catch.
Update 3: Tom McGuire notes what is and isn’t newsworthy to the NYT.
Matthew Owens fits no template the Times finds comfortable. Summer Moody fits their very long term gun control agenda, but rifles were employed and only the most ardent gun controller thinks we will be making “progress” there any time soon.
And obviously, their latest ‘why isn’t this news’ story has them Freedom Riding again in the South. What kind of world are we living in when young black men can’t smoke dope in an old white guys house, have sex with a fourteen year old, and beat the old guy up when he squawks? Mysterious. To the Times.
The story he is referring to is over a year old yet somehow made the front page of the NYT today.
Tell me who is playing political games with race and news again?