Bob Owens

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NBC didn’t fire enough Trayvon Martin story spinners

Written By: Bob - May• 17•12

MSNBC has come out with a new and interesting variant of the Trayvon Martin autopsy story that oddly does not match that of any other media outlet.

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from “intermediate range,” according to an autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by NBC News.

The official report, prepared by the medical examiner in Volusia County, Fla., also found that the 17-year-old Martin had one other fresh injury – a small abrasion, no more than a quarter-inch  in size –  on his left ring finger below the knuckle.

All other media accounts, including those citing police officers at the scene, refer to damage on Trayvon Martin’s  knuckles… plural.

NBC also uses the phrase “intermediate range,” a very precise forensic term referring to the patterning of powder burns at a range of 6-40 inches… inside arm’s length, which is consistent with Zimmerman’s defense. They refuse to explain this distance in their article. Was this done in the hope of misleading people who would infer “intermediate range” means “medium distance” in an effort to deceive the public?

They’ve only had to fire 3 reporters for doctoring the story so far. Obviously, they didn’t fire enough.

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  1. Orion says:

    Point of clarity: They had to fire 3 reporters for getting CAUGHT doctoring the story so far. The MSM is in the business of doctoring stories. That’s all they do. But they must not draw attention to that fact. That is what they were fired for.


  2. Katherine says:

    Thanks for explaining “intermediate” range. And now the news sites are saying that Martin’s autopsy revealed he was on marijuana. If he was high it might help explain why he circled back and jumped Zimmerman when all he had to do to be safe was to continue walking the short distance to the house where he was staying.

  3. Jeff Hoser says:

    Elsewhere I’ve seen the term “intermediate distance ” defined as 1″ to 18″ . Typo on the low end ? This would imply “close contact” to me and should exhibit evidence of significant propellant gas intrusion into the victim at the 1″ distance, (if all I’ve learned over decades still works), while the 18″ distance would exhibit distinctive powder burn distribution over the victim’s clothes/body. IMO this this is “firearms forensics 101 ” sort of stuff .

    I’ve stated here and elsewhere, the forensics will “prove/disprove” Mr. Zimmerman’s tale. What our legal system – under national political pressure – creates as a trial/verdict is wholly another issue. IOW, this case isn’t “going away” for many years ! >MW