Tuesday, July 16, 2013
CSW COMMENTARY: The Martin-Zimmerman Case and The Irresponsible American News Media
By now- everybody knows about neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman (a Hispanic man with a white-Jewish name) shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin- a black teenager.
I won't go into the whys and wherefores of the trial- it's all public record by now.
What I will go into is how the American news media has made this hill appear to be the world's tallest mountain.
And a front page article in this morning's KANSAS CITY STAR is the epitome of that mountain (sorry- I'm not linking it here).
It was written by one of the STAR's 'fluff' writers (once arrested for a DUI that The STAR conveniently overlooked at the time) and that writer (a black female) surmises how her own husband would be treated in their home (suburbia) neighborhood under similar circumstances..
If that writer's husband conducted himself similarly as Trayvon Martin did- the writer's husband probably would be dead.
IF the writer's husband would have acted respectful or at the very least try to put distance between himself and the other man- husband probably would have been completely unharmed (other than offense at being confronted in the first place- but one can LIVE with that).
Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman- while acquitted of any killing charges- is now basically a pariah- thanks mainly to the American press.
Kansas City news media: You have a sort of genocide- black on black murders- occurring almost daily on our own streets.
Let's worry- act on- and clean up our OWN house.
If you wanted a sensational story based far from here to editorialize on- how about the Los Angeles cops that opened fire- WITHOUT WARNING- on three citizens there?
American news media: To quote a line from one of my all-time favorite films- (Mr./Ms. Newsperson)- "Let the dead bury the dead."
Ah- to return to the days when the American press just reported the FACTS and kept the editorializing on the back pages.