Propaganda Storm: Hollywood Unites with 100s of Tweets Against Zimmerman Verdict
The verdict is in for George Zimmerman and the mainstream media and the Hollywood puppets are yet again trying to tell us how to think.
Last night, the jury decided that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last February. Days before the decision, social media had erupted with threats of violence and riots if the verdict came back in favor of Zimmerman.
This morning, the media is filled with perceived outrage. Here are the headlines on this morning’s Huffington Post main page:
Not Guilty…But Not Innocent
WATCH: George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Makes Jaw-Dropping Claim
Trayvon Martin’s Father Tweets Heartbreaking Reaction To Verdict
NAACP Wants DOJ to Prosecute Zimmerman
Zimmerman Verdict Is a Clarion Call for the Nation to Grapple With Racial Injustice
FLASHBACK: Youngest Witness To Trayvon’s Death Can Still Hear The Screams
No Justice, No Peace: What I’ve Felt and What Is Next in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Verdict
Interestingly, Huff Post has no headlines with a bias towards the Zimmerman verdict. The balance is all shifted against him.
Then there are the outraged celebrity statements.
First of all, Beyonce had a moment of silence to “honor” Trayvon Martin:
After asking the crowd to be silent for a moment, she sang the chorus of “I Will Always Love You,” a song written by country music star Dolly Parton and brought to a global audience by the late Whitney Houston, before transitioning into her hit “Halo.” (source)
Young Jeezy wrote a song, “It’s a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin)”, that he posted to Facebook, with the following comment:
“I am in no way shape, form, or fashion … trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.” (source)
Producer and entrepeneur Russell Simmons took to his blog stating that:
…he’d be supporting the Trayvon Martin Foundation in helping to repeal laws like Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. He signed off, “God bless you little brother. Rest in peace.” (source)
Even more preposterous are the tweets.
“@wilw: Actually, don’t die in a fire, George Zimmerman. Live your whole miserable life knowing you killed an innocent child for nothing.”
— Yayne Abeba (@yayneabeba) July 14, 2013
Well that was a horrible and devastating decision. — Ellen Page (@EllenPage) July 14, 2013
This is America waddya expect? The only thing u aren’t allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus. Hey Zim, find another hobby now that u won
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 14, 2013
And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
I can’t handle this. All that really matters are Trayvon’s parents, and making sure nothing like this ever happens again. — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) July 14, 2013
It’s 2013 and an American jury just acquitted a man who admitted to stalking and killing an unarmed child.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) July 14, 2013
What do we stand for? How are we America, united… the beautiful? We should take a long look in the mirror, we need REAL change.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) July 14, 2013
MichaelVick went to prison for killing dogs,Zimmerman was let free after killing a blackman.All we need to know about the USA justice system — Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 14, 2013
All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013
I feel sick. #RipTrayvonMartin
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 14, 2013
Zimmerman verdict sickens me.
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) July 14, 2013
May God console the Martins at this time; as well as every other family that’s gone through this type of injustice. — Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
Had a gun-toting Trayvon Martin stalked an unarmed George Zimmerman, and then shot him to death… DO I EVEN NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE? — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 14, 2013
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) July 14, 2013
My heart is heavy…for all who knew and loved #TrayvonMartin. His life mattered. This is shameful.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 14, 2013
Dear George Zimmerman: may I suggest you use Gene Hackman’s escape strategy from the end of THE BIRDCAGE? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 14, 2013
An armed vigilante decides a boy”looks suspicious”, so he hunts him down and shoots him in the heart #notguilty??
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 14, 2013
Zimmerman disobeyed police, chased down an unarmed teenager, confronted him, and killed him. A court has ruled it legal. Think about that.
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) July 14, 2013
This is permission. Do u understand. Stay up. Keep watch. Move forward.
— Jill Scott (@missjillscott) July 14, 2013
The question is, are the opinions of the celebrities their own, or are these just more “endorsements” paid for by the US government? Of course, they wouldn’t disclose that, would they? I wonder what the going rate for selling your soul on Twitter is these days.
It might sound far fetched to say that the government is paying for these “opinions” but some recently released smoking gun evidence makes a good case for the premise that the government hopes to initiate a race war and the chaos that will follow.
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch tells us that the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE has spent government funds sending protesters to Florida in relation to the Zimmerman trial.
- March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
- March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
- March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
What is truly questionable is the reason that the government and the media would want to change public opinion. What are they trying to cover up? Is this a giant distraction from the ongoing scandals in Washington DC? Or is it a sinister step towards inciting enough chaos to justify the institution of martial law? Mike Rivero of What Really Happened writes:
I cannot emphasize enough that right now the US GovernmentWANTS race riots in cities across America, to distract from IRS-gate, to distract from DOJ-gate, to distract from NSA-gate, to distract from PRISM-gate, to distract from Benghazi-gate, to distract from EA-gate, to justify declaration of a National Emergency, to justify suspension of the Constitution, to justify a gun-grab, to have a small civil unrest to brutally put down to discourage a much lager uprising of the entire population the government could not hope to deal with. Too much corporate media focus has been put on this one case, with far to much emphasis on the racial overtones. Too many suspicious Facebook posts and tweets keep selling the idea that a Zimmerman acquittal will or should trigger mass riots.
Opinions are going to vary about the verdict – this is evident in the surveys across the internet, where people are divided almost evenly between guilty, not guilty, and undecided. The beauty of a somewhat “free” country is that we are all allowed to make our own decisions on how we feel about these things. Unfortunately, that freedom is circumvented when we are being manipulated, brainwashed, and sold an opinion via popular culture. When the Ministry of Propaganda writes a script, it’s awfully difficult to veer too far from the “information” that is blanketing the media.
Whatever your thoughts happen to be about the verdict, be sure that your opinion is your own. When you recognize the tactics that are being used to change the public mindset, it helps to immunize you against the propaganda techniques that are being put forth.
Are you a puppet? It’s not actually YOUR opinion if someone else does your thinking for you.
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