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-- you doing in new feature on special report and Fox News Channel tonight.
Fox news media analyst Howard Kurtz will drop by occasionally to talk about how the media covers the news is here tonight to talk about Egypt and -- Zimmerman murder trial.
First of all Alan welcome to the team thanks very much threat that what do you think about these two big news stores.
And how the -- is covered.
It's not even close spread now Fox News Channel has devoted plenty of air time to -- -- -- no question about it.
And CNN more used to work which has an impressive battalion of -- -- national -- response.
-- been virtually wall to wall with this trial the network morning shows this month twice as much time spent on the -- trial as on the events in Egypt.
And I understand that foreign affairs -- Americans may be less interest in US troops aren't involved.
But the boom boom -- here over coverage in my view of this trial which is great article topic has really been something -- -- And you think it's ratings tied this trial more than other trials.
Is drawing -- Well it you definitely get a short term bump in the ratings if you stick with -- -- -- let's remember what happened when trade on Martin was killed and you know undeniably tragic story.
Black teenager gunned down on armed.
And yet they've got -- congress nearly -- sentinel after it happened that wasn't for a couple of weeks it became a national story.
When news organizations prodded by activist woke up to the race angle here.
And I understand that -- lot of interest and I think the trial should be covered when you go wall to wall you're making editorial judgment that basically nothing else matters as much except.
It is a -- the trial then you go to Cairo for a few minutes.
Is it because people can get their head around a trial and there's a beginning and a middle and end and it makes for him.
Just good TV.
Trials provide a terrific narrative.
Because people can choose up sides your pro -- your anti Zimmerman.
You identify with the characters and so it does provide.
This thing -- for people to -- you about.
By contrast the situation in -- which a year from now we'll look back which will be more important.
What happened in Egypt linchpin in the Middle East we're 51 pro more she demonstrators were killed yesterday or this.
Undeniably tragic tragic trial I don't think there's any question about it but it's more complicated situation who do you root for in Egypt.
And I think that has -- the coverage except in national newspapers which invited a lot of in depth coverage of Egypt.
Via cable news channels not so much.
Do you think that this trial -- have gotten as much coverage from the beginning.
Had a lot of the activists -- Really got into the game in the beginning -- I don't even think to remove would have become a national story never would have been on the radar it was the issue of race and the activists descending on Sanford Florida.
That catapulted this and really.
You know -- -- seems to be this hunger and cable news land.
For these -- but what I call soap opera spectacle before this it was majority -- struck before that it was the Amanda Knox trial.
Something where you can -- leader of the defendants don't even have to be famous -- just have to be cameras in the courtroom like in the Michael Jackson trial is an international superstar overnight this -- going on right now because there were no cameras in the courtroom.
We're seeing of mere fraction of the coverage.
That the is him in case is getting and I do think this is a television created spectacle lot of public interest not denying that's a disturbing covered absolutely.
But 89 hours today that's a bit much my text.
How we'll look forward to have you know -- being back.
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