ABC News Plays Both Sides of the Fence With New Enhanced Zimmerman Video

April 2, 2012 5:12 pmViews: 20

Zimmerman frame grab at 1:09

As if the media hasn't been inflaming the Trayvon Martin case enough, ABC news has now come out with a new "enhanced version" of the George Zimmerman arrest video (I don't know, what would you call it? They have him in handcuffs) that seems to show injuries to Zimmerman's head. This is just find and dandy after the fact that ABC didn't do enhancement in the first place and instead decided to add to the chaos of the situation with the original story of the video supposedly not showing any injuries to Zimmerman.

In that original story ABC News states:

A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground. (my emphasis)

Is ABC trying to act like a good Samaritan here now and wanting to repair the damage they contributed to that caused tens of thousands to speculate on the video, or is this just more media manipulation so they can have another breaking story?

Frame grabs taken from this original video below:

Without doing any analysis of or any speculation whatsoever as to why the original video didn't seem to show injuries to Zimmerman, ABC and other media outlets just ran with the story. Any reporter worth their pay should have asked the basic questions as to why the video didn't show injuries. A decent reporter should then try to get information from the paramedics that treated Zimmerman, or the police officer that looked at Zimmerman's head on the video. They should have thought that maybe Zimmerman's head had been cleaned up and treated, yet no one from ABC even speculated on these questions. One also has to question the quality of the video and ask if you can really make out details on someone's head who is bald and in direct lighting.

At the top and below are my own enhanced frame grabs of the first Zimmerman video and they actually do show some signs of injury. But all that information means nothing because the evidence will show what happened. When all this gets into court and we get past the hypocrisy of ABC news and the rest of the main stream media just trying to get a story, we will hear the evidence. I hope Trayvon's parents, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of us are willing to listen to what the evidence, and not the hyperbole says.

Frame grab at 1:09 probably 5 frames past top photo. There are 24 frames per second in these videos.

Frame grab at 1:10 showing some redness on the back of Zimmerman's head

Frame grab at 1:37 showing possible scratches and an abrasion

These enhancements were done by adjusting levels and sharpening in Photoshop and they are in no way conclusive, so don't go saying they are.

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