Armed Neo-Nazis Patrolling Sanford, FL. Happy Now, CNN?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Neo-Nazis  Group “Patrolling” the Arizona-Mexico Border

I have intentionally avoided the Trayvon Martin story. The shooting of an unarmed, 17-year old African-American Sanford, FL teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman, is a tragedy. The shooting also highlights Florida’s ridiculous and dangerous Stand Your Ground gun law. But the Trayvon Martin killing is a local law enforcement matter and the case now resides with the district attorney and Florida state attorney general.

But some media organizations — specifically CNN, is intent on pushing the racial aspect of the shooting. Not an hour passes that CNN isn’t spinning some real or imagined minutia about the shooting. One such segment offered an on-air interview with Trayvon Martin’s high school football coach, ostensibly, to comment on Trayvon Martin’s character. CNN isn’t interested in reporting the news — far from it, CNN’s goal is to fan the flames of a race war in Sanford, FL.

The Miami New Times reports:

Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are “prepared” for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety” in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. “We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it,” he says. “We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”

“In Arizona the guys can walk around with assault weapons and that’s totally legal,” Schoep said, referring to the group’s patrols of the US-Mexico border. “What I can tell you is that any patrols that we are doing now in Florida are totally within the law.”

Asked if the patrols wouldn’t just make things worse — spark a race riot, for instance — Schoep insisted they were simply a “show of solidarity with the white community down there” and “wouldn’t intimidate anybody.”

Happy now, CNN?

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14 Responses to Armed Neo-Nazis Patrolling Sanford, FL. Happy Now, CNN?

  1. Brigadoon says:

    CNN suck. Big time. They have for many years. I have watched all three cable networks and CNN is definitely pushing the racial element of the Trayvon Martin killing. It’s shameful and not responsible journalism. They aren’t going to stop until there’s an LA race riot in Sanford, then they can send Anderson Cooper down there to report on it.

  2. The Real Adam says:

    There is a huge difference between reporting the news and making the news.

    CNN is trying to make the news vis a vis the Trayvon Martin story. CNN has lost their way and as long as Time-Warner owns them, they will remain lost. Maybe Ted Turner will come out of retirement and fire the whole lot of them in New York and Atlanta and clean house?

  3. Matteo says:

    You raise a good point. About one-fifth of total news space earlier in the week was devoted to the Martin shooting, this according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. But CNN acts like they just discovered how race, police brutality and racism intersect.

  4. Rachel says:

    The U.S. is a mess. Contrary to what some claim, we’re not living in the “post-racial era.” The idea that neo-Nazis are patrolling Sanford, FL makes me cringe. Where is the FBI?

  5. feminazi says:

    I haven’t watched CNN in years. In fact, I don’t watch any cable news. I read the local newspaper, watch BBC America on PBS and read a few of the blogs like yours. But cable news does not in any way elevate and educate.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:

    Media hysteria surrounding Trayvon Martin’s shooting has been anything but responsible.

    Even movie director Spike Lee retweeted a bogus home address posted on Twitter allegedly belonging to George Zimmerman when in fact, the address was that of a retired Sanford couple named Elaine and David McClain who had no ties to the case.

    The couple received death threats as a result and were forced into hiding.

    When it comes to race, the U.S. is a powder keg and the media can’t resist exploiting the issue for ratings.

  7. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Didn’t Nancy Grace argue that Trayvon Martin was killed by “Tot Mom”, AKA, Casey Anthony, on the night of February 26?

  8. Mets Fan says:

    Sadly, Sanford FL, has a troubled history with race.

    The late, great Jackie Robinson, moved there, and left in less than 6 months because he was treated so poorly. I know this was another era but, I’m left to wonder how much has really changed?

  9. Debbie Banuelos says:

    When the Trayvon Martin story first broke, it was completely appropriate to cover it.

    But as days turned into weeks, and President Obama said “if I had a son, he would’ve looked like Trayvon,” the media coverage of the story jumped the shark. On CNN, there was Soledad O’Brien surrounded by one of CNN’s usual panels of “experts” there to educate stupid whitey on what is in our collective hearts. It was shameful and turned an innocent 17 year old into a parody.

    It took a fight jet crashing into an apartment building in Virginia Beach to wean CNN away from the story.

  10. Stephen Iversonn says:

    None of this surprises me about CNN.

    Remember, CNN fired Chief Middle Eastern correspondent Octavia Nasr after a tweet saying she was:

    “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respected]a lot.”

    Parisa Khosravi, the senior vice president for CNN International, said she spoke with Nasr and “we have decided that she will be leaving the company.”

    According to a July 2010 Press TV poll, nearly two-thirds (65.99%) of the respondents described CNN’s recent move to sack Nasr as “an instance of intellectual terrorism reflecting the influence of Zionists on mainstream Western media outlets”.

    Who can forget in September 2005, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, on air, said of those remaining in New Orleans, “so many of these people, almost all of them that we see, are so poor and they are so black.”

    Blitzer remains “one of the most respected voices at CNN,” according to former president Jon Klein.

  11. Joe in Colorado says:

    Fox Orlando affiliate, WOFL, broadcast a shocking, uncritical report yesterday, calling the neo-Nazis group a “civil rights group”. Is it me or has the entire media gone crazy?

  12. retahyajyajav says:

    CNN practices professional journalism by being literal and apologizing for racially-charged script language as in this pip.

    Sunday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” correspondent Susan Candiotti — the reporter covering the recent shootings of five black men in Tulsa, Okla. — used a racial slur on live television.

    Candiotti used the “n” word while reading aloud what one of the suspects in the shooting, 19-year-old Jacob England, wrote recently on his Facebook page.

    “Now, this, according to relatives, has troubled him ever since and CNN has also discovered what police have,” Candiotti said. “There was a Facebook posting made just the other day, written by the suspect in this case, that police are examining.”

    “And it reads like this: ‘Today is two years that my dad has been gone, shot by’ — and please excuse the language, it’s very sensitive — ‘Shot by a fucking nigger. It’s hard not to go off between that and [England’s fiancée] Sheran.’”

  13. TOM339 says:

    The implication of looks equating to innocence or guilt is, illogical and emotive and divisive, and indeed racially charged.

    Shame on Prsident Obama for saying, “if I had had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

    This was racial politics at the worst.

  14. Revolutionary Soldier says:

    If I had a son, he would look like George Zimmerman. Fuck you, Obama.

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