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Well the news media coming under fire for its coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial at a post verdict news conference Saturday defense attorney Mark O'Meara.
Lashed out at reporters and the media in general saying that they turned his client he believes into a monster listen to what -- set.
He was like.
-- patient in an operating table.
-- mad scientists were committing experiments on him and he had no anesthesia.
He didn't know why he was -- did to this monster requires that you guys have a lot to do -- that you just did.
-- to -- a story.
That was fed to you.
And you ran with it and you -- right over him.
And that was horrid to him.
-- very strong words from my attorney Mark O'Meara Saturday night.
Joined now by Bob by Howard Kurtz who is now a fox news media analyst.
Howard that's great news and welcome Bob boulevard has learned that you let us what you think about that.
Well a George Zimmerman largely damaged his own reputation.
And even though he got a fair trial -- -- -- -- up front -- the prosecution did not prove its case.
Beyond a reasonable doubt a lot of people understandably upset.
As they were at the beginning about the prospect.
-- somebody walking free after shooting an unarmed black teenager if there was a problem in the opening weeks.
After trade on Martin was killed with the media coverage mostly -- problem is with the commentary now with a straight reporting.
It was the fact that we didn't have.
Zimmerman side we mostly had.
The bare bones facts of the case which is that trip on -- was coming back to the store with a bag of candy and was shot dead we -- know the details of the altercation.
I mean but you know you have to go back to the NBC.
Where they edited his words.
To make it sound as if he said you know there's a guy -- out -- up to no good and and he's black when in when in.
-- he was asked that question.
Do you see what color this young man is is he white Hispanic or black and that's when he said.
Did that set things up on the -- on the wrong but.
NBC is misleading editing of that 911 tape was a horrible blunder -- there were other mistakes along the way.
But my problem and a larger sense is the way in which particularly now -- after this verdict which did was not a surprise anybody was even.
Casually following the case the way -- the media have acted as a megaphone for some ugly and racially inflammatory.
Comments not just -- from from people who are involved in the case.
But commentators themselves Al Sharpton on M MSNBC who.
Has participated in demonstrations who has advised Trayvon Martin's family and yet also you know kind of uses his cable show as a platform two crusade against George Zimmerman.
Saying Saturday night right after the verdict this was an atrocity.
But this was a slap in the face of those who -- who believe -- justice and just this morning on The Today Show saying that.
This puts every child at risk I don't think we ought to take this one case sad and tragic as it is and -- and extrapolate from that.
That you know it's open season on -- young blacks.
And then Howard you've got all of that as as a backdrop and then you had add the social media mixture to -- cocktail.
And celebrities weighing in on this is as well in a way that you know they never used to be able to before and that's a potent mix.
-- you know Twitter is a great resource but it also has its dark side in cases like this a lot of ordinary people.
Tweeting what I consider to be racist or incendiary statements -- let's look at a couple of the a well known people who have taken to Twitter.
One of them is the filmmaker Michael -- Who wrote had a gun toting trade on Martin's stalked and unarmed George imminent shot -- -- death -- even need to complete this sentence.
And then there was a New York Giants a football player Victor Cruz.
Who wrote on Twitter -- -- -- -- doesn't last a year before the hood.
Catches up to him now cruise later apologized for that message but these -- and how whatever the strong feelings about this case and I understand what all the cable news coverage of people feel very emotionally about what happened on both sides -- people like Ann Coulter.
Saying -- kind of celebrating the fact.
-- tourism was acquitted but whatever the strong feelings market seems to me that.
Comments like these are just helping to inflame a difficult situation there was a lot of chatter as you know.
In the media that there might be violence if -- -- -- -- was found not guilty that as largely not been the case the demonstrations have been peaceful have been occasional clashes so I'm glad to some in the media commentators were wrong about that one.
I mean you've spent so many years Howard sort of you know.
On how the media is doing and being a -- for the media.
Given the fact that Twitter is such a large kind of organ in all of these discussions now.
Is it even more incumbent than ever upon the media to treat situations like this fairly and how would you grade most of the media.
On how they did that regard.
Well overall I would say the media kind of seize this case which shouldn't get any national coverage of the beginning.
Until activist you know portrayed it as a racial outrage.
And and cut and it was just too much sort of exploiting this one -- this one tragic killing.
For ratings and circulation and clicks and we saw that with the wall to wall coverage on some cable networks of this trial.
-- Twitter me it's a great democratizing.
Force people get to say what they think with some of these celebrities who usually have.
Handlers -- PR people to restrain them before they tweet something stupid now can just go on in and filed a 140 charges and often as we saw in the case of the New York Giants player apologies sometimes follow.
Yes and then we go through that than.
Then move of having to take it off and announce that has taken off very interesting and Howard.
Welcome once again great to have a dialogue with you on fox and heavy as part of the group thank you sound silly to have more careful.
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