Wrong Trayvon Martin Photo on Facebook

Wrong Trayvon Martin Photo On Facebook

The neo-Nazis over at Stormfront were the first to start passing off this photo of one, “Trayvon Martin,” in an attempt to show that the now deceased Trayvon Martin was some sort of gangster. Judging from many of the comments, I guess some folks are literally attempting to justify a possible murder – on their way to church!

One small detail I must point out; this photo that is being passed around on Facebook and right-wing blogs, is NOT the same Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by George Zimmerman.

I’m just waiting for someone to tell me that, while the photo may be fake, the story is still true. Ugh… Conservatives have a way of never letting things like facts get in their way.

UPDATE 10:24 am: Breitbart.com blogger Dan Riehl has now admitted that “it doesn’t appear to be the same Trayvon Martin.”

Listen to these people:

“Oh look. We didn’t have to dig too deep for recent pics of Trayvon. Not the sweet, innocent 10 y.o. Trayvon the MSM’s shoving down our throats. Looks like T-von was nothing more than a skittles toting, punk-a$$ gangsta wannabe. Hmm. Funny we haven’t seen these pics plastered all over MSNBC and CNN yet…”

Jennifer Bias Woooooooah…he has a picture of himself in his boxers showing and *gasp* MIDDLE FINGERS TOO?! Oh noes! We’ve been hoodwinked! He definitely deserved to be shot for walking around in a neighborhood. /sarcasm. Seriously? This is all the other side can come up with? So sad.

Brien Bowers pretty much. There were also witnesses that saw him on top of the shooter beating on him. So. Where is that in the news? They post a pic of him when he was younger trying to make everyone feel sorry. Well might want to find out exactly what he was doing and what he was up to when he got shot.

Jennifer Bias Police told him not to engage him (not that I’m all for listening to the police, but this is common sense…if you see someone you don’t recognize and this is a “neighboorhood watch” scenerio, don’t take matters in your hands unless your life or property are in danger…911 call anybody?). You’re still talking about someone who was armed vs a kid who was not.

Jen G West He’s just a kid. Kids do lots of stupid stuff, they don’t deserve to die for it!

Gov. Rick Scott (R) Florida weighs in on Trayvon Martin’s death and reveals more about the state’s investigation.

As I posted earlier this week, Anderson Cooper did a very interesting segment on the George Zimmerman 911 call, and the possible racial slur. Gary Tuchman explores a crucial part of the 911 call George Zimmerman made to police before Trayvon Martin died.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a photo of Ron Paul with Don Black, founder of the neo-Nazi site Stormfront, at the Values Voter Presidential debate in Fort Lauderdale on September 17, 2007.

UPDATE 12:32 pm:

It gets even better: Dan Riehl makes a huge mistake in the post that I took a screenshot of below, in assuming the top photo to be the original – it’s not.  If you follow the link to the article at the Miami Herald, read the caption underneath the photo:.

A photo of Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie was used on banners and signs carried by protesters in New York City on March 21, 2012. MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES

Well, guess what? The photo Dan Riehl assumes to be “the original,” is actually a photograph of a low resolution copy of a picture on a protest sign.

Dana Loesch, ‘Photoshop Expert,’ on Trayvon Martin and the Miami Herald

Here’s Dana Loesch on her radio show employing some weapons-grade ignorance by blindly running with this false information, while actually accusing the Miami Herald of Photoshopping the photo! Wow! It’s not Photoshop, pictures of pictures of pictures, can alter color.

UPDATE 12:42 pm: Dan Riehl has posted a rebuttal to his critics:

“I pointed out that some media outlets appear to prefer using an image of Trayvon Martin that has been altered in a manner that makes him appear to be much lighter in skin color than he actually was. Said image has been enhanced to make him look so much lighter, even his facial features appear altered at that point.”

“…By seeming to prefer using a lighter image of Martin to further fuel the story line that he was a total innocent in the encounter and Zimmerman is guilty before all the facts are clear, my concern is that they feel that making Martin look less black in the eyes of the their readers, somehow makes him look less guilty of something.”

Mr. Dan Riehl is being quite disingenuous on several points: First, Dan Riehl is basing his altered image theory on pure speculation; speculation that is based on his FALSE premise that the top photo is the original, when in fact, it’s a photo of a photo of a photo – not the “original,” as Riehl claims in his post. Riehl clearly thinks the copied photo is the original, and closer to the actual color of Martin. Riehl never makes mention of this fact in his rebuttal. He offers zero as far as evidence to support his twisted theory that the photo has been altered to make him look more white.

Next, Dan Riehl speaks in foggy approximation, saying in one breath both that the media merely “prefer[ed]” using a lighter image, while at the same time claiming the image has been outright altered, as the title “AP Running Photoshopped Image Of Trayvon Martin” clearly states (The AP photo is the actual original). However, Dan fails to provide evidence to support his theory.

UPDATE 8:05 pm:

The mistaken Trayvon Martin photo that is being circulated online keeps growing; now Michelle Malkin’s ‘news’ site Twitchy, has posted the bogus FB photo

UPDATE 9:42 pm

Ok folks, just to put an end to this Trayvon Martin photo thingy. Here’s a screenshot of the neo-Nazi website Stormfront. They have been putting out fake quotes, photos, and information for many years. The latest is this Trayvon Martin photo that Stormfront posted – only it’s the wrong Trayvon Martin. It was then picked up by the big blogs like, Michelle Malkin, who later pulled the photo after discovering that it was fake. Still, many on the right are passing several versions of this fake photo like wildfire.

My conclusion thus far: Both sides are in full-blown crazy mode. On the left we have the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world, who, as Shelby Steele once said, make fortunes off of racism; they love racism, they roll around in racism, because… they smell the money.

Then, on the political-right we have a full spectrum of crazy, from outright racism, to a deluge of fake photos and false information. Meanwhile, neither you, nor I, nor anyone else has enough information on what happened before, in between, or during this incident to make a judgment call.

UPDATE 3/26/2012, 4:50 pm:

Some new details: Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin

While no one has enough details to make any definitive conclusions concerning what exactly happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, here’s what I think happened in general terms: Trayvon Martin was probably up to some sort of no-good and looked suspicious (i.e., a young man acting sheepishly). George Zimmerman, being an overzealous wannabe cop, engaged Trayvon Martin despite requests from 911 dispatch authorities NOT to follow Martin.

What Zimmerman said, we don’t know. He could have been screaming racial slurs at the top of his lungs, or, he could have just been following Martin – we just don’t know. Whatever Zimmerman did, apparently Martin responded by kicking Zimmerman’s ass. There are reports that Martin was pounding Zimmerman’s head off the ground. Zimmerman, being unable to physically gain the upper hand, shot and killed Martin.

The cool thing is, we can have this conversation without ever mentioning race. All we need are the facts of the case, access to the rule of law, and a proper sense of justice.

To claim that Zimmerman “had no right what so ever to shoot and kill” Martin, is to assume that no one has the right to kill – period. The most basic of human rights is the right of self-preservation, i.e., the right to self defense. To forfeit this right, is to forfeit all others.