I just finished reading Jack Cashill’s book, If I Had a Son. I highly recommend it!
I would not ordinarily read and take seriously a work by Jack Cashill… many of his talks on YouTube, although articulate and interesting, come across as too extremist. However, the book was recommended by someone whose judgement I respect, and I pass that on to you.
Be forewarned, however, that you may end up totally disenchanted with the main stream media and both the political and judicial process in the United States.
The story of this tragedy is so nasty, not just because of the death of Trayvon Martin, but also because of the way that incident became the deliberately manipulated focus of racist propaganda and blatant political opportunism.
There are four levels I try to sort out when dealing with information… what information is available? what information is missing or suppressed? what information is incorrect (misinformation)? and what information is deliberately biased or deceitful (disinformation).
The story of this trial had it all, and if Cashill’s book is as accurate as I now think it is, I will NEVER trust the major media again as sources of information. And on the internet, one can never be sure whom to believe either!
Here is the description of the book from Amazon:
If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Barack Obama said in March 2012 about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin four weeks earlier. In so saying, Obama gave the White House imprimatur to a politically irresistible campaign, one that both stoked the grievances of his racially sensitive base and energized his party’s gun-control advocates.
That the shooting took place in Florida, the most highly contested state in that year’s presidential election, made its politicization all the more inevitable. From the beginning, the major media worked overtime to convict shooter George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion. To promote their grudge against guns and their skewed view of race in America, the media ignored or denied the truth even after the truth had become obvious to those who followed the story closely.
In another time and place, the media might have succeeded, but in the age of social media, their carefully crafted narrative has been thoroughly picked apart. If I Had A Son tells the story of a blogging collective called the Conservative Treehouse that has done much of the picking. Indeed, the clever research work of these unpaid “Treepers,” most of them female, may well be the defense’s best weapon.
If I Had A Son is a thrill-packed David and Goliath story, the ending of which is still not known.