Media motiff: The little boy with the Skittles killed because he was black
Is it that they want to sell more papers, or get more viewers, or as in the case with WGBR, get more hits on their new news website? What is it that makes the media rush into these things the way they do.
The Duke lacrosse team story should have taught them something…but it didn’t.
Even my local small town AM radio station, WGBR 1150, had to get into the act this morning by booking an interview with the president of the North Carolina NAACP who are of course holding rallies to whip up reaction to the incident. The name of the organization tells you that that was going to be an objective conversation.
You knew the Rev. Dr. William Barber wasn’t going to address the problems with crime in the area, or Zimmerman being on the ground being pummeled by the little boy with the Skittles, about the broken nose and head wounds suffered by Zimmerman, or the witness who saw the altercation and heard Zimmerman screaming for help.
You knew Barber wasn’t going to talk about Zimmerman’s racial associations, a Hispanic with a white father who has black relatives and interacts with blacks regularly.
You knew Barber wasn’t going to address the troubled teen’s history as enumerated in the articles below and, shock, there’s even one from ABC News. The others are from local newspapers and the UK.
No the NCAAP president didn’t mention those things but then, neither did the WGBR news jock!