The Sunday shows were poisonous. CNN host Candy Crowley baited Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn: "Do you think that the American justice system is innately racist?" At least Quinn resisted, suggesting, "The American way is colorblind." On MSNBC, anchor Thomas Roberts proclaimed: "I'll say it. Honestly, there's a lot of white shame today."
PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who's forever complaining that President Obama isn't radical enough for blacks, was brought on ABC's "This Week" to trash the public. "I think this is, for many Americans, George, just another piece of evidence of the incontrovertible contempt that this nation often shows and displays for black men."
NBC blurred into MSNBC on Monday morning, when anchor Savannah Guthrie stooped to asking Sharpton if the prosecutors hadn't relied enough on attacking Zimmerman as racist. NBC also interviewed MSNBC host Toure and MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson. "I'm taken back to Emmett Till and Amadou Diallo and Aiyana Jones and all these other situations where we understand that black life means a little bit less than white life in America," proclaimed Toure.
Dyson agreed: "I have two sons, and my son texted me and said, 'How do I protect my two black boys who are very young?' So for us it's a reminder, it's a kind of deja vu all over again, and it's a negative appraisal of the American soul."
No one who had a more positive opinion on America's racial harmony was invited.
The Washington Post ventured there as well, explicitly comparing Trayvon Martin to the fictional victim of racism in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Writer Wil Haygood strongly implied it was another Southern injustice like "the Scottsboro Boys, Emmett Till, Isaac Woodward, Medgar Evers, the four girls killed in the Alabama bombing."
Haygood did talk to Southern lawyer Bill Baxley, who stuck with reality. "I think it was just difficult for the prosecution. You did have a guy (Zimmerman) with some kind of injuries." Even if the America-bashing media didn't want to acknowledge, there was "some kind" of inconvenient truth.
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