The Zimmerman trial is underway with jury selection, so it is time for the mainstream media to start making thiungs up.
Our fave du jour comes from the New Yorker, where Jelani Cobb links the Martin shooting with the larger liberal ongoing nightmare:
It’s possible—no, reasonable—to look at Martin’s death as the opening scene in a four-act drama centering on American gun culture. The subsequent scenes were set in Aurora, Colorado; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Newtown, Connecticut.
From an overzealous neighborhood watchman to a lunatic gunning down kindergartners. Hmm - that connection is not really explained, but I think liberals all just "get it". Which leaves me stuck outside, but I can still nitpick at factual claims:
In the weeks following Zimmerman’s arrest, the already-febrile imaginations of Internet conspiracy jockeys were arguing that Martin was far from the baby-faced tween we’ve seen repeatedly but rather a six-foot, hundred-and-ninety-pound, facially-tatted thug apparent.
One hundred ninety? The police report had Martin at 160, which is the highest estimate I can recall seeing, and I do my share of non-mainstream poking about. By way of example, I daresay David Duke counts as a febrile conspiracy jockey; Google tells me that he was putting Martin's weight at 160.
I have no doubt the New Yorker will provide some supplemental links documenting this claim, given their legion of fact-checkers. I'm lying - Hades will freeze before Jelani Cobb comes back to this.
And why did anyone care? Folks who remember the background will remember that Martin's supporters were pooh-poohing the notion that tiny Trayvon could have possibly initiated an attack on Zimmerman. Let's cut to Charles Blow, a reliable font of CW:
To believe Zimmerman’s [self-defense] scenario, you have to believe that Trayvon, an unarmed boy, a boy so thin that people called him Slimm, a boy whose mother said that he had not had a fight since he was a preschooler, chose that night and that man to attack. You have to believe that Trayvon chose to attack a man who outweighed him by 100 pounds and who, according to the Sanford police, was wearing his gun in a holster. You have to believe that Trayvon chose to attack even though he was less than a hundred yards from the safety of the home where he was staying.
This is possible, but hardly sounds plausible.
The estimated weight for Zimmerman came from an old arrest report (and he is apparently back to that weight now). Eventually the NY Times looked at the video of Zimmerman from the night of the incident, looked at the police report (splitting the difference), and reported this:
However it started, witnesses described to the 911 dispatcher what resulted: the neighborhood watch coordinator, 5 foot 9 and 170 pounds, and the visitor, 6 foot 1 and 150, wrestling on the ground.
Charles Blow never, to my knowldege, offered a revised assessment of the plausibility of such an encounter being initated by the 150 pounder.
And now the New Yorker has Martin up to 190 and Zimmerman gunning him down because he looked like a kindergartner, or a movie-goer, or something. This will be a long trial however short it is.