Brent Bozell

The central criticism of the George Zimmerman trial is that there was one. It was simply impossible to convict him of anything beyond a reasonable doubt.

The central criticism of the coverage of this trial was that there was any. How did this story merit consideration as national news? Why was the death of Trayvon Martin a thousand times more newsworthy than any other person shot on an American street? Answer: because Al Sharpton and other race-hustlers wanted it that way.

Liberal journalists loved to suggest that the lives of young blacks in America are worth less than white lives. This was not a maxim in the coverage (or to be more accurate, shocking avoidance of) the trial of inner-city Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

But when 17-year-old black boys are shooting other black teenagers? Yawn. In the 20-day period of the Zimmerman trial, the Chicago Sun-Times reported four minors -- three teens and a 5-year-old boy -- were gunned down in the president's adopted hometown of Chicago. Those victims will not be adopted as a cause by Sharpton & Co. Their deaths generated zero coverage by the national "news" media.

Like the jurors, most Americans saw the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin as unnecessary and tragic. But that doesn't make it a murder. It doesn't make it an occasion for our "news" media to pander to liberal "civil rights" leaders and sound the wildly inaccurate alarm that America hasn't moved an inch on racial matters since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in 1955.

Twitter is like alcohol: It can lead people to show their true colors. Associated Press writer Cristina Silva asked: "So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking." HBO star Bill Maher tweeted: "This is America, waddya expect? The only thing (you) aren't allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus."

CNN disgraced itself on Twitter by ignoring the facts. "I find it very hard to accept that it's 'lawful' to shoot an unarmed 17-(year)-old boy dead as he walks home," tweeted Piers Morgan, as if Martin never caused Zimmerman's head wounds. Supposed legal expert Jeffrey Toobin also ignored the head-banging fight: "Trayvon got the death penalty for buying Skittles in a hoodie."

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing swooped in shortly after the verdict to declare some kind of anti-black plague had descended on the country. "I think there is one thing that is undeniable. And that is, the result of this case, there are 12-year-olds who are crawling into bed with their parents tonight out of fear." Stay classy, MSNBC.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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