Trayvon Martin shooting
Has media coverage been objective?
- Duration 5:00
- Date Apr 28, 2012
Has media coverage been objective?
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One of the problems is because they've indicted for second degree murder and there's nothing in this affidavit that suggests second degree murder those elements of second degree murder are here.
The expectations have been reduced that was an article today in one but Daily Beast saying they'll be riots on the street if there's an acquittal.
If there are riots it will be the prosecutors fall.
Because she overcharge raised expectations.
No reasonable jury.
Is gonna convict based on the evidence I know of second degree murder.
So this prosecutor not only may have suborn perjury she may be responsible.
If there are going to be riots here for raising expectations -- on.
Reasonable levels -- Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on fox this week railing against the second degree murder charges filed against George Zimmermann.
In the -- -- on -- shooting case especially in light of this photo showing Zimmerman -- bloody head.
Dershowitz saying if the prosecutors did have this photo and didn't mention it in the affidavit.
That would constitute a grave ethical violations since affidavits are supposed to contain.
All relevant information the supposition is that -- -- -- head was bloodied in some kind of a confrontation.
With -- -- Martin so so here comes Alan Dershowitz acting as an impartial observers that what the press is supposed to do.
Well I think I would add what Dershowitz said that the reason the prosecutor.
Files indictment one could imagine is precisely the -- the fires -- in the media created over this case over the last but that's what Fred Segal talking about all people are -- and fifteen years ago here in New York all the riot ideology and there's if you don't do want to.
Will -- And now they've they've got this and this this prosecution at that even Michael Smerconish is -- Obama supporter said we'll never convicted what happens then the media set this up.
Driven the -- this and now we're gonna have a real cataclysm that is if if Yzerman and imagine if this acquitted.
It well and and if he's acquitted Dershowitz.
You heard him say Judy that there could be possible riots should the media bears some of the blame if that happens well I think a very interesting development this week was that kind of change in tone Al Sharpton.
Who had been leading rally isn't saying that this -- a racist act and being low fat.
Commentator on the air but also an activist on behalf of -- on.
Now this week the town is very different.
Oh you know we need to deal with the lingering problems of racism in America and we need to build and work together.
I think he is very worried about the -- that he said in the beginning and -- trying to ratchet.
Reuters and some of the other news services and news outlets did little digging into -- -- background and turns out.
He was an altar boy he had purchased the gun that that was used in the shooting in part on the advice of police because he'd been confronted by an aggressive.
-- -- -- Is it too late to have to change the picture that's out there.
Well yeah to a certain extent yes once the picture is created.
An ingredient and -- media.
By the media and then and then people kind of -- now and you know that Reuters story.
Really didn't get the kind of you know.
Attention that it should've gotten it was that certain people walked out of but I don't think.
You know it goes it goes against a narrative that's been sat right apparently readers have made their -- -- -- out while the -- in the mindset that this is a person who got a gun to kill a black kid I mean that was thought that -- that's the story they told like.
And so now to find out that he was told to get that done by the police because there that -- just runs that whole marriage.
-- and you know there was the NBC editing of that 911 call that seemed to make it.
About race and a -- Are won by a reporter for WTVJ in Miami who is -- subsequently.
Dismissed look there's a law against incitement to riot if you -- I go out into the street and say let's go kill somebody we can be indicted and put in prison but when the media do that does this it's it's okay.
How do you go after these people I think that.
-- for Al Sharpton and some of the others now to try to pull back from the incendiary language they were using.
Is is outrageous.
Many years ago this weekend LA it was rioting in the was a front page story comparison in USA today.
The riots there in the flames verses the trade on Martin march.
On the other side of.
Picture I read that article and in Friday's Paper as outrageous all they could talk about was -- Rodney King -- on March they were just beaten the comparison.
As hard as they could.
And again reminding people yell at which there should be right if we don't get -- -- The media would never admit it but they'd love to see burning cars burning buildings.
And a return to some of the riots we saw in the sixties great pictures great TV high ratings sells a lot of newspapers.
Can I say one thing in defense of the media outlet hadn't have been for social media in the beginning that came on Marten.
Would not have become an issue so in the beginning the media played very helpful --