Op-Ed: Exposing the real ‘TRAY-VESTY’

By Meg Storm

TRAY-VESTY. That was the quippy headline plastered on the front cover of the New York Post on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, so-called journalists and legal experts flooded the airwaves using words like “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” to describe the jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman.

But the most “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” aspect of this sensationalized trial is not that Zimmerman is now a free man (though it’s safe to say his life has been irreparably changed). The most “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” aspect of this trial is the overwhelming hypocrisy of the media and the leaders of the black community when it comes to race and justice.

The disturbing trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media because it was considered a “local crime story.”

Forget about the fact that Gosnell was primarily murdering minority babies. Forget about the fact that Gosnell operated two separate offices – one for wealthy clients, who were primarily white, and one for poorer clients, who were primarily not white. It took weeks of horrid testimony for “news” outlets like ABC, CBS, and NBC to even acknowledge the trial existed.

Likewise, we never heard a peep from President Obama about the Gosnell trial. Instead, Press Secretary Jay Carney told us, "The president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won't as well.”

Why?

I could speculate for days about why the media and the president didn’t want to comment on a story that exposed the underbelly of abortion. Heaven forbid they appear to be waging a “war on women” – but that is another story for another day.

One thing, however, is certain. The “local crime story” and “the president can’t comment on an ongoing trial” logic was not extended to the George Zimmerman trial.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,” President Obama said earlier this year. "I think [Trayvon's parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

Yes, if President Obama had a son, he could look like Martin. But as President of the United States, he was out-of-line to insert himself into the national conversation.

So-called leaders of the black community, like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, were already rallying in the streets, demanding justice for a young black male killed at the hands of a middle-aged man of mixed ethnicity, and all the president did was add fuel to that fire. President Obama should have known better.

Looking specifically at the actions of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, one cannot help but be discouraged by the state of racial politics.

“I think that this is an atrocity… It is probably one of the worst situations that I have seen,” Sharpton said Saturday night. “What this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime... and be killed and someone can claim self-defense... we had to march to even get a trial and even at trial, when he's exposed over and over again as a liar, he is acquitted.”

He went on to add that Saturday was "a sad day in the country" and "a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country."

Jackson sang a similar tune. In an interview with KPNX he said, “[Zimmerman] pursued him. Police told him to not. He did it over their objections. Ultimately he killed him. Now he walks away free… Here’s an unarmed young man going home, attending his business. Zimmerman assumes he should not be in the neighborhood. He actually lives there – that’s what racial profiling is… I would think there might be a civil suit filed, no doubt. There will be justice department intervention, no doubt. So this case really is… is not over.”

As a country, we have come a long way from the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. While tragedies like this expose that we still have a long way to go, we must be able to trust that our media will be able to provide an objective account of what is otherwise an emotional issue. And we must also be able to trust that our federal government will not insert itself into cases for political gain.

In the case of the George Zimmerman trial, this was simply not true.

One can only hope we learn from these mistakes.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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