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If I had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman

If I had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman [Kindle Edition]

Jack Cashill

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His friends called George Zimmerman Tugboat, the one who always came to the rescue. An Hispanic-American civil rights activist, he helped a black homeless man find justice. He helped guide two black teens through life. He helped a terrified mother secure her house. He helped his wary neighbors secure their community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938067215
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (30 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EPG4196
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Media Prevails 1 Sep 2013
By Stella D'Oro - Published on
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This book provides an interesting inside look at how the "New Media" prevailed against the power of the Industrial Media Complex, within the story of the George Zimmerman murder trial. Jack Cashill also thoroughly explains how the false narrative surrounding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case was developed, and the BGI (Black Grievance Industry), along with local publicist Ryan Julison, who got the story going and seeded within Big Media.

The chapters about the trial itself, in particular, are well and accurately portrayed. If you did not see the trial, this book allows the reader to understand what happened, who the players were, what they said and did, and why the jurors reached their final verdict.

In tandem with the court drama, Mr. Cashill explains how a blogging collective (named The Conservative Tree House) engaged in "crowdsourcing".

To quote Chapter 34 - Ferreting Out The Falsehoods, "So here's where EVERYONE comes in," posted Sundance on the opening day of the trial. Given their exhaustive research to date, the Treepers were aware of "hundreds of lies told by potential witnesses for the prosecution," some of them in legal affidavits and sworn statements. Those who made false statements in the past, Sundance continued, would either have to lie under oath or give a conflicting account. With all their other burdens, the defense attorneys might miss the lie the moment it occurred. To compensate, the Treepers would "crowd source the witnesses as they take the stand."

Mr Cashill continues, "By trial time, this obscure little blog had become information central in Florida v. Zimmerman. Florida had on its side the state bureaucracies, the US Justice Department, the president of the United States, the BGI, the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media. Zimmerman had on his side two folksy local lawyers and their aides, an army of bloggers, and, most important, the truth. Despite the pressures, the Treepers had retained their integrity. Truth was still the coin of their realm. They cozied up to no one, not even defense attorneys Mark O'Mara and Don West, whom they criticized as warranted. If the attorneys wanted information, they came to the Treehouse. The Treepers did not go to them. This was an unprecedented battle formation in the history of American jurisprudence, and the major media did not even notice."

The book isn't perfect (editing could be better), but it's pretty good, and a story of government and media power against the collective action of the little guys. A David vs Goliath story.
75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about TRUTH, this is a must read 2 Sep 2013
By Jean - Published on
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This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in truth. I was a passive observer of media, but began noticing major discrepancies between how this case was initially presented (the angelic face of a 12 year old who wanted to be an engineer) and the subsequent evidence that emerged. I was disturbed that media continued to perpetuate the storyline of a young boy stalked, attacked, and shot in cold blood based on race, dismissing and minimizing major evidence that showed the contrary.

This book is well written and unfolds primarily chronologically. Although I already knew the major elements of the case and verdict, there is a feeling of suspense that builds, making the book difficult to put down. In addition, there is feeling of horror as the major media outlets continue to mislead the case, even falsifying information (most famously the edited 911 tapes) in order to support the intial storyline that was based more on fiction than fact. Cashill is able to present a lot of detailed information while keeping the book fast paced. This is not a "quick read" but it is a fascinating one.

I find it odd that it is mostly conservatives who have backed up Zimmerman. In the past, I tended to be more liberal, even supporting Obama. Whatever race or political party we are from, we should examine evidence with an open, unbiased mind. It's clear that the media and the Martin's attorneys tried to bury the truth. While my sympathies were initially and still are for the Martin family, we should not be afraid of truth. Because of the lies perpetuated by media, a hardworking man who cared about his community, along with his innocent family, have had their lives ruined.

There will undoubtedly be many people who rate this book one star and write hateful comments. Most likely, these are the people who have already based their opinions on assumptions and false information, and who will not even read this book.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive review of the facts surrounding the prosecution of george Zimmerman 3 Dec 2013
By Jonathan Cohen - Published on
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This book is an excellent recounting of the prosecution of George Zimmerman. It describes the events leading to his arrest, the preparations for the trial and the trial itself. It makes clear that from the beginning it was obvious that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. The book outlines how the various players forced a trial to satisfy political constituencies and how the media went along because it fit their preconceived narratives about race. In the end, the truth came out for any who were willing to see it and Zimmerman was acquitted. Whatever may have occurred in George Zimmerman's life in the aftermath of the trial, it doesn't say anything about the overwhelming evidence supporting his innocence that was presented to the jury. The state of Florida, egged on by the lawyers for Trayvon Martin's family, much of the civil rights establishment as well as the attorney general of the United states and President Obama, went to great lengths to try to send an innocent man to jail for a very long time. Fortunately, the American system of trial by a jury of ones peers did the right thing and prevented a great injustice.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book -- and a good read. 4 Sep 2013
By Siguiriya - Published on
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Much of the most important information about the Zimmerman/Martin case didn't come out until the trial. Other information didn't come out at all, and many people remain woefully ignorant about the case -- even those who faithfully followed it in the mainstream media. This was no accident. The Martin family attorneys, their public relations consultant, and certain black "leaders" created a false narrative and then sold it to an all-too-eager media. In this false narrative most of the exculpatory evidence concerning George Zimmerman was in effect surgically removed, while Zimmerman was portrayed as an evil racist and murderer. Meanwhile Trayvon Martin was portrayed as an innocent, almost ideal child, who wouldn't even think of getting into a fight or harming anyone.

In that context this book serves an important public purpose as it discloses a great deal of information that many people have never heard of. The books is well-documented; around one quarter of the book (Kindle edition) consists of end notes and references.

In addition to the information about the facts of the case, the book also discusses the role of social media. While the mainstream media typically failed to do any research or even basic fact-checking, several blogging sites filled that gap, even to the extent of discovering information that was eventually used by Zimmerman's defense team.

Whether you're on the "Zimmerman side" or the "Trayvon side," you'll find new information in this book, even if you consider yourself already well-informed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary portrait of 21st Century Lyinching 18 Jan 2014
By Miguel Gonzalez - Published on
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Go ahead and forget about the two main characters in this tragedy and concentrate on what interested groups did by wielding their power to obtain political, personal and economic power. Concentrate on the lengths they went by lying and manipulating the information to attack one person in such a manner that it prostituted what this country stands for.
It does not matter if you believe that George Zimmerman was guilty or innocent, what only matters is the blunt abuses of power and trust by those that no longer know better even if they think they are better than the rest of us.
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