Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I followed the George Zimmerman case with mild interest, so I was aware there was some media distortion of fact. The 911 tapes were edited to make Zimmerman sound racist, photos of his injuries were ignored or glossed over, his ethnicity magically reduced to "white Hispanic." But I never heard this. Anywhere, until today:

The media fabricated the "iced tea" part of the "iced tea and Skittles" narrative. This is important because the drink he was actually carrying was "Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail." According to a popular recipe, that is the favored drink to combine with Skittles and prescription or Robitussin cough syrup to produce a potion for getting high; it is known as "lean" and "purple drank" (and known among some as "the poor man's PCP"). On his Facebook page, Trayvon Martin had discussed making "lean."

You can decide for yourself whether this matters a wit. But the media considered it important enough to hide or repress it so you couldn't actually decide for yourself.


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