Part 5—Blow knows broken noses: If it weren’t for the bogus information, would there be any information at all?
Last night, that was the question as we watched MSNBC continue to disgrace itself in the matter of Trayvon Martin. On Lawrence O’Donnell’s disgraceful Last Word, the doctor was once again IN.
Dr. Blow was on hand last night to tell the world about broken noses. This "doctor" isn't a medical man. But such things no longer matter:
BLOW (4/5/12): That is the crucial point here. Is there a broken nose? And if George Zimmerman`s head was being smashed into the pavement, is there some evidence of a concussion?It’s impossible to embarrass the New York Times. For that reason, the New York Times won’t be embarrassed to see its columnist, Charles M. Blow, playing doctor on TV in this embarrassing manner.
And those things can be proven, and if he actually did receive medical care. What we know now is that the second ambulance was canceled because the person who was attending to George Zimmerman did not believe that he had sufficient enough injuries to warrant even an ambulance. [see note below]
And what we also know is that we see George Zimmerman 35 minutes after the fact. We see him not even reaching for the nose, not trying to— A broken bone is excruciating. There are a zillion nerve endings in the face. You would be in excruciating pain.
We know that that is not what we see on the tape. We know that the one witness that was interviewed on CNN, on Anderson Cooper`s show, said that the person, George Zimmerman, sprang up after the shooting, did not appear hurt. He never says that he reaches for his head. He never says that the person is holding their nose, none of that.
So what we know flies right in the face of the idea that someone has a broken bone in the face...
Blow has no medical background, of course. But given the way modern "journalism" works, he plays a doctor on TV. That said, does Blow know what he's talking about when he talks about broken noses? “Signs and symptoms of a broken nose may appear immediately or may take up to three days to develop,” one on-line site explains, contradicting the good doctor’s nostrums.
This web site seems to make Blow a quack. But what would the people at that web site know? It’s run by the Mayo Clinic!
Did Zimmerman sustain a broken nose? Like you, we have no way of knowing. But on last evening’s Last Word, Charles Blow extended one of the truly great episodes of journalistic malpractice in modern post-journalist history.
How bad was O’Donnell’s program last night? Following Blow, there was the statement from Natalie Jackson, one of the Martin family’s lawyers. After Blow finished blowing his nose, Jackson interrupted with a blatant, but scripted, misstatement of fact:
JACKSON: The point is—and that’s the point that is getting lost. The point that’s getting lost is that George Zimmerman was told to stay in his car. When he got out of his car, he had a 9 millimeter, as he chased down, according to his own words, Trayvon Martin.As Jackson surely knows, Zimmerman was not “told to stay in his car” that night. He was out of his car, already following Martin on foot, when the police dispatcher told him, “We don’t need you to do that.”
Trayvon Martin was where he was supposed to be. He was not committing any crime. And he ended up, after an encounter with George Zimmerman, with a bullet wound in his chest. That is for a jury.
And that is, that is why— and this case must go to a jury. You have an unarmed teenager where he was supposed to be.
Did Zimmerman head back to his car at that point, as he has apparently said? Like you, we don’t know. But the story works better if Jackson lies, saying he was ordered to stay in his car.
And so, she lied to you last night—unless she’s a total incompetent.
Jackson repeated one of the many false narratives which have emerged from herself and from Benjamin Crump, the other Martin family attorney. In a world driven by journalistic values, the host of this broadcast would have asked her to explain her apparent misstatement.
But the host of this program was Lawrence O’Donnell, one of the most dishonest players in the history of cable “news.” This is how O’Donnell reacted to Jackson's bogus remark:
O'DONNELL (continuing directly): Charles M. Blow and Natalie Jackson, thank you both very much for joining me tonight.Yes, O’Donnell is dumb to the bone. But even he surely knows that Jackson’s statement was false.
By the rules of journalism, O'Donnell should have challenged his guests' misstatements last night. But on MSNBC, the death of Trayon Martin is a hit TV program. MSNBC hasn’t played by those old-world journalistic rules since its hit show began.
Nor does it plan to start. This is Network come to life, as a news channel drives a big hit.
Lawrence O’Donnell is baldly dishonest. We wouldn’t say that about Soledad O’Brien, who hosted an hour-long special about Martin's death on CNN last Friday night.
We wouldn’t say that O’Brien behaved dishonestly during this program, although that’s certainly possible. But where were her journalistic skills on this sad and revealing night?
Tomorrow: How much do mind-readers cost?