Below is an email I received and following that, my reply.
"Recognize this guy?
And now you see the rest of the story !!
The Media in our country is agenda driven
No wonder George Zimmerman was scared for his life ,
I would have been too!
Sure different than what we see on TV.
Recognize this guy?
Do you know who this is?
It is Little Trayvon Martin !
At 17 yrs of age.
Don't know how much coverage this story has had in your area,
but, if it has, here's a new look at it!
For those of us who thought we were well informed
and weren't .... quite the realty check.
That old adage applies here: "there are two sides to every story."
We don't always get the truth from the media.
One of my favorite rants - the media, television news,
newspapers, magazines, radio; all continue to show 12 year
NOT 17 year old Trayvon.
They continue to show the 5 year old picture BECAUSE
it helps to cement in your mind the cute, little, hoodie-wearing youngster who was stalked by this monster.
In reality "little Trayvon" at the time of his death stood
almost 6'2" tall and weighed 175 muscular pounds.
He had numerous run ins with authorities (both at school and local police), had been stopped and almost arrested
two days before his death for smacking a bus driver in the face
because the driver refused to let him ride for free. He was released because the driver was told not to press charges by the bus company and to continue on his route.
When "little Trayvon" was suspended at school it was not only because he tried
to bring a little marijuana in with him, he was in possession of wedding rings and other jewelry, watches, etc. that he said he "found"
along with a large screwdriver while on the way to school that day.
The jewelry was turned over to the Police by the school.
I am not trying to say this was a good shooting.
I am not trying to say this kid deserved to die. I am saying the media
in the USA is controlled by those who twist and distort what you see and hear
in order for you to see things their way.
Not a single paper has printed RECENT photos of this kid,
because it would not keep your interest in this case.
Not a single paper will admit that this kid was a marijuana dealer.
His friends on Facebook all say he had the "best plants".
Not a single paper will show you any of his recent photos where
he shows off a mouthful of gold teeth and all of his tattoos.
Not a single newspaper will tell the news like it really is...
and NOT how they want you to think it is...
The President looked at the FIVE year old photo the
media chose to show the Nation and said, "If I had a
son...he would look like Trayvon.."
So from that comment should I assume you did not bother to
look for the facts in this shooting..or should I assume you want
a son who is a 17 year old drug dealing, gold teethed, tattooed thug whose name
on one of his facebook profiles was "Wild Nigga"
who 'finds" jewelry and burglary tools on the way to school?
A fair and impartial news media in the USA ? One that does
not follow an agenda? Is NOT looking to further
divide this already fractured Nation?
I didn't compose this. I'm only passing it on.
Never trust the news media for anything."
And, my reply:
That image is of rapper Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game. Google him to see for yourself.
His photo became linked with the story because he commented on it.
Read more here: http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/martin.asp
Now then, will you forward this again with the correction? Is the truth as important to you as forwarding your agenda is? Will you hold yourself to the standards you just claimed to hold the media to? I'm guessing no.
Be more skeptical. You'll look less stupid.