Accuracy in Media

The Huffington Post has perfected the smear technique of expressing shock and anger at things that conservatives say which make complete sense and are factually based. “Hannity’s Awful Reaction To Obama’s Trayvon Martin Comments” was the headline over Fox News host Sean Hannity’s reaction to President Obama comparing himself to Trayvon Martin. Hannity said he wasn’t sure how to interpret Obama’s remarks because “he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow” and “we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”

Obama, of course, was not deliberately comparing himself to Martin because of their common interest in smoking dope. But the comparison by Hannity was not unreasonable, since Obama was in fact a heavy dope smoker, a member of what his biographer David Maraniss called the Choom Gang, and Martin was smoking dope before he was killed by George Zimmerman following a violent confrontation. Obama had also admitted doing cocaine, or “blow.”

It was an opportunity for Obama to say something important, such as that young blacks should avoid the drugs that got Martin into trouble, and that black parents should strive to keep their children out of trouble. Instead, Obama harped on racism.

The alleged “awful reaction” of Hannity would only be awful if Hannity had said something about Obama and Martin that was not true. But it is true and worthy of comment because of the effect that marijuana may have had on Martin the night he was killed. The subject came up during the Zimmerman trial.

The influence of marijuana in the Martin-Zimmerman confrontation has taken on more significance in the wake of the exchange that CNN’s Piers Morgan had with Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel:

Morgan: What about drugs?

Jeantel: Drugs. OK, weed, marijuana. In my area, we say weed. My area, we—for Trayvon, I can explain one thing, weed don’t do make him go crazy, it just make him go hungry.

Morgan: But he did—

(Laughter)

Jeantel: Like it’s the best thing I can say. It made him hungry.

Morgan: Did he take a lot of weed?

Jeantel: No.

Morgan: How much would you say?

Jeantel: Like twice a week.

Morgan: Twice a week?

Jeantel: Yes.

Morgan: Is that normal for teenagers in your community?

Jeantel: Yes. Real normal.

Writing in The New York Times on July 11 under the headline, “Reefer Madness, an Unfortunate Redux,” a professor named Carl L. Hart ridiculed the idea that Trayvon Martin was aggressive and paranoid from smoking marijuana, and that his marijuana use led him to attack George Zimmerman. Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, claimed there wasn’t enough dope in Martin’s system to affect his behavior.

But marijuana can have lasting effects on the brain, depending on how much he had been smoking and for how long. During the trial, Shiping Bao, the medical examiner who autopsied Trayvon Martin, testified that marijuana “could have” altered Martin’s mind and body the night he died.

A pro-marijuana website site, “The Weedblog,” also ridiculed “the pot made him do it” line of attack on Martin. But one writer responded, “How many times does weed have to be in someone’s system and end in a violent situation for people to start paying attention? This isn’t about ‘reefer madness,’ this is about the paranoid delusions, which are a VERY real side-effect of marijuana use, that lead to violence. Weed advocates need to STOP ignoring these truths and trying to bar evidence from a trial in which a man could spend life in prison for self-defense. I’m sure if Zimmerman had been the one with weed in his system people would be blowing it up all over the place, but because the stoned aggressor ended up a ‘victim’ they want to ignore it? Pathetic!”

According to his exchange with Jeantel, Martin thought Zimmerman was a “creepy ass cracka” and possibly a rapist. Rush Limbaugh commented that this constituted a potential hate crime on the part of Martin, when the additional point has to be made that marijuana’s long-term effect on the brain may have been a factor in Martin attacking Zimmerman.

Morgan asked Jeantel in the CNN interview: “And he was freaked out by it?”

She replied, “Yes. Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every—who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out? So you have to take it—as a parent, when you tell your child, when you see a grown person following you, run away, and all that.”

If Martin had a paranoid delusion that led him to believe Zimmerman was a rapist, that could have led him to violently confront Zimmerman.

Calvina Fay, the executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, told AIM, “It is very sad and alarming to know that smoking pot is ‘normal’ for most teenagers in Ms. Jeantel’s community. Research has solidly shown that marijuana use impedes the development of the young brain and has been linked with significant drops in IQ as well as mental illness. Our kids today have far too many challenges in life without the impediment of marijuana and other drugs. It is time for America to wake up to the tragedy and do all that can be done to protect our children from the dope pushers.”

But Obama has not addressed this problem.




Comments

  • W. Scott Womer

    I don’t like Obama, but smoking weed didn’t hold him back much.

  • frankstclair

    Haven’t heard him speak without a teleprompter, have you?

  • Fliptop

    Frank, got your right wing talking point memo, did you?

  • Politica Incorrecta

    Marijuana was not his only drug use: Please see http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/it-wasnt-just-skittles-trayvon-was-carrying/
    Skittles combined with Arizona Tea and a certain cough medicine makes a popular do-it-yourself street drug called Lean that leads to extreme aggression, which coupled with marijuana could bring out the weed’s inherent paranoiac potential. The extreme aggression of Lean lends credence to the death threat reported by Zimmerman. Frankly, given the president’s racism and anti-Semitism, his Chicago gangsta-ism, his habitual penchant for deceit and his ignorance and hatred of American values, comparing himself to Trayvon Martin does not increase my good feelings toward Martin’s innocence and virtue. Odd how the left spin machine seems to think that just mentioning the meme “a young black man armed with nothing but skittles,” has now come home to bite them. Pass this link on as few have yet seen it, apparently

  • bruce101

    tray had Arizona watermelon drink not tea but the lying media just could not say water mellon drink which is what these punks use to make lean.flip your boy bongo can not use a complete sentence with out a teleprompter because he is a liar who can not keep all his lies straight with out the teleprompter.they only reason tray attacked mr.zimmerman was he thought Zimmerman was white and Zimmerman caught him casing homes looking for some thing to steal..negroes are brought up on hate whitey bull shit so they think they can attack whitey when ever they want.but Florida has concealed carry laws for self defense and tray got what he was looking for because he was a violent dumb ass racist. Rachel and the late trayvon are a perfect example of negro run government schools which turn out illiterate morons by the millions.

  • Jade1

    When I was young I had a girlfriend that smoked weed and she was constantly paranoid. When it was pointed out to her she stopped smoking weed and the paranoia went away.

  • W. Scott Womer

    Yes, but I should make it clear that I’m not pro weed.

  • Ungababy

    I showed my mother “Reefer Madness”, and she was outraged by It’s “False propaganda”. What was she expecting? And “Reefer Madness” was a grindhouse exploitation film, not a propaganda film.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Obama’s problems may of come from being a political dissident if he was or thought to be associated with members of the underground or a drug user.
    Maybe the FBI should be forced to pay for his psychological counseling because of his noticeable entactogens.
    _____________________________________
    They call it legal harassment here. 1.Infiltration: 2.Psychological warfare: 3.Legal harassment: 4.Illegal force:
    Brian Glick in his book War at Home
    3.Legal harassment: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, “investigative” interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate their subject and silence their supporters.
    _______________________________________________
    Our MPA’s use these techniques to attack people out side their memberships also. If you get hurt at work , have a lawsuit , a problem with a member or one of their friends , say something negative about the gay community or accidently have sex with a daughter of a Shriner or Masonic , who’s slept with 800 or 900 people. I guess everybody needs to blame their problems on somebody. They ought to stamp those people or something !
    U.S. News reported that in the 90’s — the FBI was still tracking people as political dissidents for smoking pot in the sixties. Not that the FBI isn’t a bunch of drugged out gay people to begin with but Obama should bring some reality to our government. Maybe he could transfer that money to the NSA or something – lol

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Obama and the DOJ had access to this information and acted to mislead the American public to start racial tensions and to start riots. Congress should sanction this immediately ! People were harmed and property was destroyed because of this action and the insurance companies should look for recovery from the government also.
    Lies, abuse, and absolute power: The scary story of Angela Corey
    Washington Times –
    Quote
    “They denied the judge the right to see pictures that showed Zimmerman with his nose broken and his head bashed in,” he explained. “The prosecution should be investigated for civil rights violations, and civil liberty violations.”
    ________________________________
    My opinion is based on this article –
    Lies, abuse, and absolute power: The scary story of Angela Corey
    Washington Times —

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The Obama deception continues –
    The Zimmerman case isn’t about white people hating black people ! Matter of fact Zimmerman is Latin and Black also. –
    George Michael Zimmerman was born on October 5, 1983, in Manassas, Virginia,and is the son of Gladys (née Mesa)
    Zimmerman, who was born in Peru, and Robert Zimmerman, Sr., a retired Virginia magistrate. He was raised as a Catholic, in a family that his father has described as “multiracial”; his father is a White American of German descent
    and his mother is Peruvian with some black ancestry through her Afro-Peruvian maternal grandfather. Zimmerman’s voter registration record lists him as
    Hispanic and a registered Democrat.

    See Wikipedia –

  • Guest

    Fact:: When I was in the military, I learned that it was extremely easy to freak out some who were under the influence on Mary Jane!
    Case to point: During one instance,While sitting in the rear of a PC, I easily convinced another that a burning cigarette butt on the ground was actually all the people on earth who turned on their porch lights to say goodbye to us as we slowly, helplessly grifted further out into space. I was able to insert the concept and sensation into his mind quite easily.
    As the ember became dimmer, I drew that to his attention, explaining that it only appeared to be getting dimmer because we had drifted so far out, that when we couldn’t see it any more, it would mean that we would never see earth again. When it finally went out he went absolutely bourque and I was unsuccessful in my effort to calm him down. I left, figuring he’d sober up and be ok the following day.
    The next morning He was medevaced out after attempting suicide with his k bar knife. I only met it as a prank, I had no idea that he wasn’t just pretending to be under my influence. It haunts me to this day!
    Before coming home from Viet Nam, I was an NCOIC in charge of men manning a portion of the defensive lines at Quang Tri.. That night my machine gunner went bourque and began shooting at our observation tower.and anyone one or thing that moved. He had slipped out of his hole, went back to the area club where he drank beer and then smoked a joint after sneaking back to his assigned position. He knocked out his partner and defined any reasoning. I took one man with me to draw his fire as two others outflanked him. He and two of my men were significantly injured as we subdued and bound him for medical extraction and psychiatric treatment. SO:
    Yes Marijuana makes you hungry, and usually slows down your perception, but it can also make you delusional and even paranoid, especially if mixed with another abusive substance, and especially if you have been abusing yourself with it periodically over an extended period. There is no doubt in my mind it cost us quite a few soldiers and Marines. The enemy would even smoke a joint before attacking our positions and it often took numerous rounds before they actually dropped.

  • jcol1

    Fact:: When I was in the military, I learned that it was extremely easy to freak out some who were under the influence on Mary Jane!
    Case to point: During one instance,While sitting in the rear of a PC, I easily convinced another that a burning cigarette butt on the ground was actually all the people on earth who turned on their porch lights to say goodbye to us as we slowly, helplessly drifted further out into space. I was able to insert the concept and sensation into his mind quite easily.
    As the ember became dimmer, I drew that to his attention, explaining that it only appeared to be getting dimmer because we had drifted so far out, that when we couldn’t see it any more, it would mean that we would never see earth again! When it finally went out, he went absolutely bourque and I was unsuccessful in my effort to calm him down. I left, figuring he’d eventually sleep it off, sober up and be ok the following day.
    The next morning He was medevaced out after attempting suicide with his k bar knife. I only met it as a prank, I had no idea that he wasn’t just pretending to be under my influence. It haunts me to this day!
    Before coming home from Viet Nam, I was an NCOIC in charge of men manning a portion of the defensive lines at Quang Tri.. That night my machine gunner went berserk and began shooting at my men in our observation tower,.and anyone one or thing that moved. He had slipped out of his hole, went back to the area club where he drank beer and then smoked a joint after sneaking back to his assigned position. He knocked out his partner and defined any attempt to reason. I took one man with me to draw his fire as two others outflanked him. He and two of my men were significantly injured as we subdued and bound him for medical extraction and psychiatric treatment.
    SO:
    Yes, Marijuana makes you hungry, and usually slows down your perception, but it can also make you delusional and even paranoid, especially if mixed with another abusive substance, and especially if you have been abusing yourself with it periodically over an extended period. There is no doubt in my mind that it cost us quite a few soldiers and Marines. The enemy would even smoke a joint before attacking our positions and it often took numerous rounds before they actually dropped.

  • Joseph Upton

    Even Obama figures out that using weed was not a good thing. Otherwise he would still be doing it.