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MARK FUHRMAN, FORMER LAPD HOMICIDE DETECTIVE: The autopsy released -- they described the distance between the weapon and the wound as in intermediate range. Well, this is where the media starts to fail itself. Instead of reporting what intermediate range is in the autopsy world, they just leave that hanging.
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SCOTT: That's former LAPD homicide detective, Mark Fuhrman, explaining how the police and the media handled new information released about the autopsy performed on Trayvon Martin and the medical reports on George Zimmerman.
We have talked about this story before, Jim. There were all kinds of coverage when this was a case, supposedly, of a white vigilante going after a young black teenager who wasn't armed. Does this new information shed any light on the earlier coverage?
PINKERTON: A lot of light, but you won't see it reported. So we now know that Trayvon Martin was on marijuana and had bruised his knuckles or skinned his knuckles, which you tend to get from punching something or somebody. And the headlines are "Trayvon Martin shooting avoidable." And Martin shot at close range. The news here is that they were in a real fight and it looked like, when the wounds on Zimmerman -- that he was really getting clobbered, which suggests the self-defense angle of this that the media have been -- spent two months trying to hide.
SCOTT: Sally -- well, Sally’s shaking her head. But, Sally, when you put up the photo of the back of his head --
KOHN: It's awful.
SCOTT: -- of Zimmerman's head, clearly this guy was taking a pounding.
KOHN: First of all, I want to dispute the fact this is being reported. The findings have been over ABC --
KOHN: Second of all -- but again, I think this is sort of turning into a "we're trying it decide the case in the court of public opinion." Let's remember why this case came to light in the first place. It was because almost a month went by and there were no charges, no investigation, nothing against Zimmerman. And the majority of the activists --
SCOTT: There was a police investigation.
SCOTT: There with a police investigation and they decided, under Florida law, not to file charges.
KOHN: But the sole point of all of the media frenzy in the first place was not to convict George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion, whatever anyone would like to argue otherwise. It was to get a trial. To say we need the facts to come out. Let's know what happened. And that was it. And now that's where we're at.
CROWLEY: But remember that the initiative narrative was set up by the left-wing media and by the left. You had members of Congress, who ought to have known better not to go out with public statements condemning George Zimmerman and saying that Martin was hunted down like a dog, without any of the set of facts. What we have seen over the subsequent weeks of this case is you get one narrative, then another and then you get another. And now we're on the third or fourth based on the details coming out. And it behooves us to take a step back and not make any further judgments on this, certainly not if you're in Congress and certainly not if you are in the media.
MILLER; Monica said this from the beginning, and I think you're right, and I think that the way in which -- what we're learning now about the case, the investigation, the sloppiness of this investigation, the fact that the police department itself didn't even have a homicide department or division. All of that is worth knowing. But this is the way things are supposed to work. You get a story, or you have an issue that's ignored, that the social media bring to the fore, then you have a set of allegations, counter allegations. Evidence comes out. And now we all have to take a step back and let justice work.
PINKERTON: I don't think it was sloppy at all. I think there was an enormous amount of information. They knew from the get-go -- including the prosecutor who just indicted Zimmerman and would love to send him to jail for the rest of his life. They had all the injury on the wounds. They had all the medical reports. He had broken his nose he had a bashed- up head, they went ahead and indicted him anyway, not evening mentioning obviously exculpatory evidence because they were afraid of Al Sharpton--
SCOTT: And then there's the doctored NBC 911 call that was, you know, put out there in a very sort of inflammatory environment to make it seems like this was all about --
CROWLEY: Again -- again, to back up a larger narrative that went far beyond just the concrete details, as limited as they are to the general public, to back up the larger narrative that this was a white-Hispanic -- a new term coined by The New York Times to describe George Zimmerman --
-- Which makes no sense. But again, to fit the larger racial narrative they've been trying to ram down everybody's throat.
SCOTT: On that point, Thomas Sowell, who is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, wrote this week that the media tend to ignore stories of black-on-white crime. And as an example, he wrote about two reporters, two white reporters at the Virginia Pilot who were attacked by a mob of young blacks, and their own paper didn't report the story.
MILLER: That's true, but, Jon, what’s really ignored, day after day, is not white-on-black, black-on-white, but black-on-black crime and murder, which is what’s really going on. It goes totally unreported in the media.
PINKERTON: So hats off to Richard Cohen, writing in The Washington Post, talking about Mayor Bloomberg defending the stop-and-frisk policy they have in New York City, and making the point -- this is Cohen talking - - that 90 percent of the murders in New York City occur to people of color. They're the victims of it. And they're, according to Cohen, using Bloomberg's statistics; there are 5600 people in New York alive today because they have these tough policies that cut the murder rate in this town by 80 percent.
SCOTT: Well --
SCOTT: More --
Sally wants something in there, but we've got to take a break.
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