The Media's Zimmermania
The factors that caused the shooting of a black teenager in central Florida to develop into a national obsession will be studied for years to come. But surely the motive force in the aftermath of the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent indictment and trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman was the American news-media collective. Its coverage of the killing, its unapologetic efforts to force the state of Florida to charge the teen’s killer, its outsize coverage of the trial, and its reaction to the jury’s decision to acquit the accused may in time come to be seen as an embarrassment to the media itself.
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Noah C. Rothman is a columnist for the website Mediaite.