A week after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the media circus continues at a level that would make even American showman P.T. Barnum blush.
From CNN, again and again, to other media outlets, including social media, the beat goes on. NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous was among the first to express anger over the jury’s verdict. “We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict. We stand with Trayvon’s family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice. We will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.”
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sunday, July 14, Mr. Jealous confirmed the NAACP was appealing to the Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. Host Candy Crowley was all ears for Jealous and other hand-picked guests who were overwhelmingly critical of the Zimmerman verdict. However, she seemed tone deaf to any views to the contrary.
CNN has continued its biased coverage of the Zimmerman verdict, with a plethora of critics and a paucity of supporters. What was once lauded as “Cable Network News” now deserves to be called “Circus Network News.” From Candy Crowley to Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and other CNN talking heads, the campaign to demonize George Zimmerman and lionize Trayvon Martin is in full swing.
The day after the verdict was announced, President Obama stated, “The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.” After reminding us “we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken,” he went on to decry “the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.” By the way, President Obama had already “honored” Martin a month after the shooting by gushing “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Despite all the media hype depicting George Zimmerman as a racist and Trayvon Martin as another Opie Taylor, the truth is only two people could know for sure what transpired during their violent encounter that fateful February night. One of them is dead; the other stands duly acquitted in the eyes of the law, but convicted by many in the influential media.
Although George Zimmerman’s criminal trial is over, his tribulations continue. He has become a marked man, with threats on his life by zealots who seek revenge – and threats of further prosecution in civil trials.
Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at email@example.com.