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Again, The Rest Of The Story

By Greg L | 26 July 2008 | Illegal Aliens, Crime, Manassas City | 39 Comments

The Manassas Journal-Messenger reports that Jose David Martinez-Zeron plead guilty in the grisly 2007 murder of Brenely Ester Lessing-Yanez, but what they don’t tell you is that Martinez-Zeron is an illegal alien from Guatemala, nor that he had been released from police custody on a $1,000 bond a day earlier following an arrest by the Manassas Park Police Department, nor that they had charged him with giving three separate false identifications to a police officer and driving without a license.  The address Martinez-Zeron gave to the Manassas Park Police Department of 8972 Ashton Avenue, Manassas doesn’t even exist. But he was released anyways, and that facilitated a murder. For that information, you would have had to read BVBL, because the local media wouldn’t tell you.

A Manassas teen charged with strangling and beating a 19-year-old woman to death in August 2007 pleaded guilty in Prince William Circuit Court on Thursday.

Jose David Martinez-Zeron, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 14 death of Brenely Ester Lessing-Yanez.

Prosecutors said Martinez-Zeron was attending a party at a house in the 8600 block of Mahogany Court in Manassas, where Lessing-Yanez rented a basement apartment.

During the party, Martinez-Zeron produced a machete, prosecutors said.

Others at the party, including Lessing-Yanez, asked him to put the machete away, but he did not.

Lessing-Yanez became angry and went into her bedroom. Martinez-Zeron followed her.

Witnesses said they did not hear anything from the room until a few minutes later when they heard “a fairly loud thump,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William Jarvis said.

According to witnesses, Martinez-Zeron then exited the bedroom. There was blood on his shirt and pants.

There is so much about local crime that our local media chooses not to report, and which apparently seems readily accessable to regular folks with just a bit of motivation and internet access.  There are pieces of information that our local papers are willing to report, and others they are not, presumably because they believe we either shouldn’t know or don’t want to know.  Their self-censorship, whatever the motivation, is to our detriment.

Stories like this inform public policy, and in order to make good policy decisions we need all the facts, not just those the MJM thinks we need to know.  That this murderer was an illegal alien has pretty significant policy implications, but only if we’re aware that he is an illegal alien and the lackadasical approach to dealing with illegal aliens that local law enforcement applied at the time.  This now-convicted murderer’s connections with Montgomery County, Maryland, the apparent behavior consistent with hyper-violent gangs, and his choice of another immigrant victim all have implications in how localities should craft strategies to deal with crime.  While the small group of people provided this information could certainly affect policy changes locally, the public at large has a right to this information and a clear purpose for having it provided.

Instead, we get another incomplete story with the facts parsed by the politically-correct lens of our local media which leaves us wondering every time someone commits a crime and happens to have an unusual name whether we’re dealing with an illegal alien and what else they may have done before attracting media attention.  It facilitates a culture of suspicion where in the absence of fact people often leap to conclusions that may not be correct.  And when we discuss with out elected officials, the ignorance this breeds hampers our ability to advocate responsible and effective policy.

Some in the mainstream media apparently feel that keeping the electorate ignorant and uninformed is a good thing, so our government masters can secretly devise policy without the trouble of having those pesky citizens weigh in.  That is unethical and irresponsible, but that’s the local media we have.  For citizens to effectively provide input in the legislative process, the citizens need the facts.  Without them, our policy development suffers.  Perhaps the way in which that suffering happens is acceptable to our local media, but it should never be to the people.



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39 Comments

  1. me-n-u said on 26 Jul 2008 at 7:03 am:
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    Good ‘ole MJM.

  2. freedom said on 26 Jul 2008 at 7:34 am:
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    I can understand preferences and biases of the editorial staff, but what I don’t understand is how in the world the MJM/Potomac News think that they can get away with this?

    I read the article in the paper and like most, knew nothing of the background details. It is unlikely though that NO ONE, not even one of the MJM/Potomac News readers would know the details surrounding Martinez-Zeron…and the saddest part is not the nurder, not the illegal status, not the prior arrests and the lying, the worst part is the irresponsibility of the newspaper.

    I guess if they report responsibly they’ll be in disfavor and out of sync with the remainder of the PC, left wing media. Does this place our freedom at risk?

  3. Ethics said on 26 Jul 2008 at 7:46 am:
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    From: http://www.asne.org/index.cfm?ID=3550

    THE DUTY OF LANDMARK NEWSPAPERS
    By Frank Batten Sr.

    Newspapers live entirely on the bounty of the public. The ability of journalists to report and to comment is based upon a unique grant of freedom from the public. Thus our duty is clear: It is to serve the public with skill and character, and to exercise First Amendment freedoms with vigor and responsibility.

    Our news reports should never be influenced by the private interests of the owners or of any other group. Our editorials should exhibit vigor and courage, always respectful of contrary opinion, never tailored to the whims of the editor or publisher.

    We aim to build a tradition of excellence for our newspapers. We must be aggressive in publishing the news. The independence of our editors, reporters and photographers is not for sale. There are no sacred cows. No territory of legitimate public interest is off limits to fair and competent reporting and comments.

    Freedom makes a place for excellence. That place must be filled with professional discipline, with respect for the public we serve, and with a keen sense of fairness to all individuals. We must never pander to passions or forget for a moment the power of the printed word to do wrong as well as to right wrong.

    Let us forget old slogans of dead days. Instead of “Get it first and get it right,” let our rule be: “First, get it right.” When mistakes occur, we should correct them promptly and forthrightly. Excellence cannot flourish without criticism. We need criticism and should seek it. Lacking trust, a newspaper cannot serve or advance any worthy purpose.

    The first priority of Landmark newspapers is to present a faithful and accurate picture of the life of their communities. This requires detailed coverage of local events, institutions and people’s activities.

    Warts and problems are at the core of news, but they are not all of the news. Even against the tide of modern life, people and institutions make progress. We should be generous in coverage of achievement; our pages should reflect the grit, devotion and durability of the human spirit. Let us nourish hope. While exposure of wrongdoing is a proper function and on occasion a required function of newspapers, it is not the main purpose. Problems are shaped more often by circumstance than by venality. Corruption and conflicts of interest, in most communities, have little to do with the important things that are not working. Most of our communities’ failures are rooted in complex problems. A truly excellent newspaper will spend most of its investigative skills on explaining those circumstances. We misdirect readers if we concentrate on narrow problems and inflate their significance.

    A great newspaper is distinguished by the balance, fairness and authority of its reporting and editing. Such a newspaper searches as hard for strengths and accomplishment as for weakness and failure. Rather than demoralize its community, the great newspaper will, by honest and intelligent journalism, inspire people to do better.

    Frank Batten became publisher of The Virginian-Pilot in 1954 and served as chairman of Landmark Communications from 1967 to 1998. This statement was written in the 1970s.

  4. Arlington Minority said on 26 Jul 2008 at 8:49 am:
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    Amanda Stewart, the story’s Journal-Messenger reporter, should be asked how it is her profession can claim special privileges on revealing sources, while retaining the right to censor out critical information. Any reporter concerned about their readership’s safety would have also focused a bright light on the Circuit Judge who released Martinez-Zeron the day before his act of homicide, without the least regard to his immigration status.

  5. Peter G. said on 26 Jul 2008 at 8:59 am:
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    Freedom said,
    “saddest part is not the nurder, not the illegal status, not the prior arrests and the lying, the worst part is the irresponsibility of the newspaper”. I think you may want to revisit your opinion on this one. Without a doubt the saddest and worst part is the murder of a 19 year old girl. Please tell me you just misspoke because if not you need some help.

  6. Rick Bentley said on 26 Jul 2008 at 9:12 am:
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    They are very duplicitous with the phrase “A Manassas teen”. He’s not a Manassas teen if he’s an illegal alien.

  7. Arlington Minority said on 26 Jul 2008 at 10:53 am:
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    Yeah. The Journal-Messenger would surely have labeled Hitler, a “misguided former seminarian.”

  8. freedom said on 26 Jul 2008 at 10:56 am:
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    No Peter G, I did not misspeak, and I disagree with you.

    It certainly is sad that a 19 year old girl was murdered, with that I I most certainly agree. However, Peter, our democracy is dependent upon an educated public, and most of that education comes from the news media. Fact is, the freedom and the lives of millions of Americans (not just one) are at risk with the refusal of news media to report the news rather than reporting their opinionated biases “AS the news.”

    THAT is what happened in this case.

  9. Anonymous said on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:34 am:
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    A bit off topic but once again, MJM leaves out details about a suspected crime scene.

    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/crime/article/arson_likely_cause_of_dale_city_house_fire/18955/

  10. Arlington Minority said on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:53 am:
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    The press and the courts are the enablers and facilitators of such crimes; the press for not exposing truth, and the courts for wilfully and even proactively ignoring immigation status. We wouldn not even have this discussion were it not for BVBL and other blogs providing the means to exchange ideas–while our institutions contrive to fail us at every turn.

  11. Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008 at 1:37 pm:
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    Rick, unless he has an identical twin, he went to school in Manassas. He really is a Manassas teen in the eyes of most people. A bad Manassas teen, but a Manassas teen, not less. Chris Nicely, another person on trial for murder was also a Manassas teen.

    My point is, even though we condemn their behavior, both are or were, in the case of 22 year old Nicely, Manassas teens. The murder for hire dude is also a Manassas teen.

  12. Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008 at 1:40 pm:
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    Thomas Roy Bennett re murder for hire dude.
    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/article/murder_for_hire_suspect_waives_hearing/18782/

  13. 999 said on 26 Jul 2008 at 2:19 pm:
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    Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008 at 1:37 pm:
    Rick, unless he has an identical twin, he went to school in Manassas. He really is a Manassas teen in the eyes of most people.

    If he in fact is an illegal alien, how can you say he is a Manassas teen. He is not from this area let alone country. Just because I visit Mexico as a tourist, does that mean I am a Tiajuana adult? He has no right to be in the country, let alone be call a “Manassas teen.” He attended a school in this country through the fault of our judicial system who does not equate “Illegal being Illegal.” Do you really think Mexico or El Salvadore would recipicate by providing an education to an illegal American? I HARDLY THINK SO!

  14. Herndon Bob said on 26 Jul 2008 at 2:28 pm:
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    Given the criminal record presented here about Jose David Martinez, I wonder what the various judges he has seen knew. Someone using multiple identities and who is in the country illegally clearly is a flight risk. The illegal status of defendants never comes up in court and I have never heard a Judge ask the prosecutor for a clarification. As I understand it judges do have access to all records regarding defendants they see. I saw one individual actually taken away in handcuffs, from the court room, on an outstanding Loudoun County warrant before he could even enter a plea on a traffic violation. Would a judge see outstanding deportation warrants or detention orders issued by immigration judges for defendants coming before his court? Sounds like another big hole in the system if you ask me.

  15. 999 said on 26 Jul 2008 at 2:34 pm:
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    Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008
    Thomas Roy Bennett re murder for hire dude.
    The murder for hire dude is also a Manassas teen.

    So he’s now a “DUDE” instead of an “ILLEGAL ALIEN?”

    Main Entry: 1dude
    Pronunciation: \ˈdüd also ˈdyüd\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: origin unknown
    Date: 1883
    1: a man extremely fastidious in dress and manner : dandy
    2: a city dweller unfamiliar with life on the range; especially : an Easterner in the West

    Maybe instead of meaning 2: we could change it to a village dweller unfamiliar with life in the city; especially an illegal alien in the USA.

  16. Anonymous said on 26 Jul 2008 at 2:44 pm:
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    Okay, they’re not illegal aliens anymore. Call them dudes. Thanks Dolf!

  17. Junes_Reston said on 26 Jul 2008 at 2:53 pm:
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    It’s not just happening in Manassas.

    Catch ‘n Release seems to have made a come back.

  18. Karla H said on 26 Jul 2008 at 5:58 pm:
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    Greg, great work! Newspapers are losing their shirts. And it is understandable. They do not report the news. They voice opinion. Keep up the great work!

  19. Robert Hume said on 26 Jul 2008 at 6:42 pm:
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    I’ve seen little comment anywhere about the fact revealed in the WaPo that the apparent killer of Sandra Levy was an illegal. And even there, it was mentioned exactly one time in the first article. After that he was just “a Salvadoran”.

    The wrap up of the series is tomorrow. I’m not holding my breath that the Post will mention it again, or discuss how he could have been sent back to Salvador previously as yet another example of poor police work which they otherwise have discussed extensively in the series.

    Anyway, the Post deserves some credit for at least mentioning that he was an illegal. After all these years this is the first time I have learned it; but the suspect has been the prime suspect for many years.

  20. cdubbs said on 26 Jul 2008 at 8:10 pm:
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    Would this individual have been snagged by our new “rule of law” policy the first time he was picked up and not turned loose? My guess is he would have. It is such a tragedy that that young woman lost her life because we waited too long, that things got going too late because of all the politically correct nonsense. When people have doubts about what the County is doing, they should remember Brenely, and offer a prayer for her.

  21. New Dawn said on 26 Jul 2008 at 8:40 pm:
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    We are lucky that someone in this area cares enough about our community to give us the real story. I agree, Greg keep up the good work.

  22. Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008 at 10:33 pm:
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    999-

    I don’t really think Thomas Roy Bennett is an illegal alien. He didn’t used to be one. He is a Manassas teen who attempted murder. Perhaps you know something I don’t know about this individual. (there, is that better?)

  23. 999 said on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:35 pm:
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    Dolph said on 26 Jul 2008 at 10:33 pm:
    999-

    I don’t really think Thomas Roy Bennett is an illegal alien. He didn’t used to be one. He is a Manassas teen who attempted murder. Perhaps you know something I don’t know about this individual. (there, is that better?)

    Jose David Martinez-Zeron, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 14 death of Brenely Ester Lessing-Yanez.
    Bennett.

    Once again you are trying to confuse the issue. You are trying to compare apples to oranges. The illegal alien is Martinez-Zeron who you call a Manassas teen and “dude.” Perhaps you know something I don’t know about this individual.

    I don’t give a rat a$$ about the “dude” as you called him, Bennett. I did not suggest he was an Illegal alien. He is NOT an Illegal alien and had nothing to due with the murder comitted by the illegal alien Martinez-Zeron. Martinez-Zeron should have been put away prior to his murdering that girl if the police and courts did their job. He should not have been in this country. Bennett also will get his day in court.

  24. 999 said on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:37 pm:
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    999 said on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:35 pm:

    corr: to do with the murder

  25. Dolph said on 27 Jul 2008 at 12:22 am:
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    999,

    I never called Jose Martinez ‘dude.’ I called Bennet, ‘dude’ because I couldn’t think of his name. So what? Does the word ‘dude’ offend you?

    All three of them were at one time in school together, according to a local English teacher. Does that not make them all Manassas teens? (except for Nicely who is no longer a ‘teen’) They all have been accused of either murder or attempted murder. If guilty I want all of them to hang. One is no worse than the other. What have I tried to confuse? Martinez didn’t just fall off the banana boat. He has been around for quite a while.

    I think saying he isn’t a Manassas teen is ridiculous. Of course he is and not a very nice one at that.

  26. Dolph said on 27 Jul 2008 at 12:25 am:
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    999, You know you really should give a rat’s ass about attempted murder in your own community. You should give a rat’s ass about all violent crime in your community.

  27. The Dude said on 27 Jul 2008 at 2:55 am:
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    Dolph is just an apologist. Best to ignore. Changing subjects, using diversionary tactics, that is what apologists do. The point of this thread is that the press was clearly hiding the fact that this murderer is an illegal alien and should have been stopped before the crime. Not that there exists somewhere out there a murderer who is not an illegal alien.

    And then these same apologists get offended when we assume that “Paco” or “Carlos” or whoever shows up on the crime list is illegal when we don’t know for certain that they are illegal. Well, we assume it because the press won’t tell us and probability and statistics indicate that it is most likely the case. JUST A COLD HARD FACT.

    Dolph is just one of those who can’t see the world for what it really is, and in their sheltered residences just imagines how they wish it were. Well Dolph, here’s to hoping you get some first hand experience soon. Better you than those of us trying to stop the crimes is my thinking…

  28. NoVA Scout said on 27 Jul 2008 at 8:56 am:
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    Accuracy leads swiftly and inevitably to opprobrium around here, Dolph. Nonetheless, thanks for trying.

  29. freedom said on 27 Jul 2008 at 9:12 am:
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    How sad….Greg surfaced an extremely serious issue and it becomes hijacked, either because of misunderstanding or simply the lack of concern.

    The issue is once again, the MJM/Potomac News gets away with it — either extremely sloppy investigation leading up to a news story OR the intentional “manipulation of the news” through failure/refusal to report essential facts”…and here we are, arguing over the “title” of a confessed murderer. :(

    We have a guaranteed right, “freedom of the press,” a right has been protected with the blood of Americans for more than 200 years — we elect our leaders based in large part upon what we read in the newspapers and what we hear in the electronic media. As citizens, each of us needs to know the facts behind news events, and if we’re so inclined we can read (or listen to) the opinion of others.

    Along with “freedom of the press,” there is also “responsibility of the press” — a responsibility to report the news AS NEWS and report opinion AS OPINION. In this case, the omission of critical information from a news story evidences one more failure of the Potomac News/MJM. Was it extremely sloppy investigation of the facts leading up to a news story or was it a case of intentional manipulation of the news? In either case, the MJM/Potomac News should be held accountable for failure in their responsibility to exercise a critical freedom.

    The real seriousness of this issue is that it is sweeping our country, and as individuals, our only recourse is to continue reading the opinion of a news manipulator or terminate a subscription.

  30. 999 said on 27 Jul 2008 at 10:30 am:
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    The Dude said on 27 Jul 2008 at 2:55 am:

    Right on!

  31. Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2008 at 11:51 am:
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    NoVA Scout said on 27 Jul 2008 at 8:56 am:
    Accuracy leads swiftly and inevitably to opprobrium around here, Dolph. Nonetheless, thanks for trying.

    Sounds like another appologist.

  32. Good N. Plenty said on 27 Jul 2008 at 1:24 pm:
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    Perhaps the MJM/Potomac newspaper is in the same camp of thinking as Dolph is when she said “He really is a Manassas teen in the eyes of most people”. I will contact Amanda Stewart and ask her to explain her position. Hopefully, under the “freedom of the press” it still means what it stands for and is not becoming another re-definition of ‘just a word’ as our “freedom of speech” is becoming. But since the Constitution is “no longer” by some thinkers, a document to live by, but rather “a living document that evolves” one can only suspect something is not correct here. My opinion, of course, but peoples thinking are shaped and skewed by rhetoric, opinions, heresay, gossip and what the-experts say too often these days. I’m hoping most people are not relying on these medias to learn knowledge but rather are being investigative and in search of facts to support what they think they know. Ya gotta give Toto credit for pulling the curtain back and exposing the great wizard of oz wanna-be! And thanks to those who are relentless is getting it and setting the ‘for the record’ straight. Coming to learn the truth is really not that difficult when you’re mind is open to it.

  33. NoVA Scout said on 27 Jul 2008 at 3:20 pm:
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    If you’re going to make me an “appologist” anon, at least spell it correctly. But, aside from that, you’ll get no apologies from me. I’ll wait and see if Dolph gets an apology from “The Dude” who wished her some “first hand experience” with violent crime. There are some real thuggish beasts prowling around here, aren’t there? Can anyone imagine decent people saying anything like that?

  34. Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2008 at 5:21 pm:
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    Dolph on 27 Jul 2008 at 1:58 pm:
    The Dude on 27 Jul 2008 at 2:55 am:

    I don’t believe the Dude was wishing any threat on you but was his way of saying maybe if you experienced some of the situations as some of the families in this area have experienced with gang violence you would be totally against illegal immigration. By stating that the Illegal Alien who killed that girl was a Manassas teenager, you trivalize the fact he was an Illegal Alien and make it seem like he was just like any other teenage citizen. Look at his criminal record prior to his killing that girl. He is not your typical Manassas teenager.

  35. NoVA Scout said on 27 Jul 2008 at 5:38 pm:
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    Anon 1721: Nice try, but essentially ridiculous. Unless things are far worse in Manassas than many of us realized, I don’t see how Dolph’s comments equated Bennett with “your typical Manassas teenager” or made it “seem like he was just any other teenage citizen.” If that’s a fair reading of her statement, the level of day-to-day mayhem there must be beyond comprehension.

    In any event, I thought everyone, including Dolph, was totally against illegal immigration. Surely that’s not controversial. I took her comment to be one suggesting that posts and comments be acccurate, not that attempted murder is commonplace among Manassas teens.

  36. Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2008 at 6:42 pm:
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    A teenager living in Manasssas is a “Manassas teen”. Would you think a teenager living in Manassas from WV or TX would not be called a Manassas teen?

  37. Anonymous said on 28 Jul 2008 at 11:03 am:
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    Anonymous said on 27 Jul 2008 at 6:42 pm:
    A teenager living in Manasssas is a “Manassas teen”. Would you think a teenager living in Manassas from WV or TX would not be called a Manassas teen?

    Only if they are in the country LEGALLY!

  38. Rick Bentley said on 28 Jul 2008 at 1:04 pm:
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    Right. There’s a difference between living here, and hiding out here illegally.

  39. Bridget said on 30 Jul 2008 at 11:38 am:
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    Acurate would have been “Guatemalen illgal alien teen found in Manassas.”

    The reason for the chronic MSM omissions are clear as day: For years they have invested heavily in promoting the propaganda that all illegal aliens do, all they are capable of, is make our lives better and contribute to the public good.

    Had this guy so much as saved a kitten fro a drain pipe - we would have been treated to every last detail of his identity that distinguished him from being simply a Manassas teen; His culture, ethnicity, country of origin, his immigration/legal status etc…. All would have been hoisted high - put up as proof to further the stereotyping of any and all who share his identity traits.

    And what is the rest of the story on this “Fairfax-area Man”? Has any report disclosed his identity beyond that of a Fairfax- area man?

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/news-releases/2008/072808sexaslt.htm

    Regardless of his culture, ethnicity, national origin, his immigration/legal status… the only solid “given” in this ugly case will be that Senor Castellon will help the feds further inflate not only U.S. crime statistics - but as a perp - Senor C. will pad white crime stats.

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