Fox News is Simply Beneath Contempt

Since his tragic death on February 26, Trayvon Martin — an unarmed 17-year-old African-American shot by “neighborhood watch volunteer” George Zimmerman — has become national news. Martin, a good student with no criminal record, was killed by Zimmerman on his way home from the 7-11. Zimmerman was carrying a 9 millimeter handgun. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. (If you are unfamilar with the story, check out our primer on what everyone should know about Trayvon Martin.)

Martin has merited coverage by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The story has been covered by all three broadcast networks and extensively on cable. But there is one outlet that has barely mentioned Trayvon Martin — Fox News.

Here’s a breakdown of the coverage of Trayvon Martin on the three major cable networks from the day of his death through today at noon:

If you’re watching Fox and getting your news from it, you’re an idiot.  And probably a racist, just like Fox News.

11 thoughts on “Fox News is Simply Beneath Contempt

  1. But make no mistake … the moment they find anything about Martin to make him questionable, it’ll be the lead story on Fox all day.

    I can’t tell you how angry this makes me. That I know some reasonably-intelligent people who rely on Faux for all of their news saddens me deeply.


  2. Such a comment makes you appear to be an idiot, which I know you are not, so it is a shame when you say such things. I myself watched a segment on this story on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night and thought they covered it well. Quantity of airtime is not a measure of journalism quality. I contend a balance of news sources makes one better informed.


    • if people get their news only from fox, they’re idiots. and, fox is racist. it’s self evident. further, note that the report lists fox’s bothering with the story through noon on the 19th. doubtless fox saw think progress’s report and decided to toss a few extra mentions in so no one would see them for what they are.


  3. The converse is also true. CNN has, according to the figures you provided, has been playing it to death, potential providing the means of a fair trial. If Fox is racist in barely mention it, the CNN is guilty of pandering to the masses. It is clearly a terrible death. I, just to be clear, watch no cable or network news show.


  4. Obviously, there are so many things wrong with this case it’s hard to know where to start. It’s a tragedy and a travesty in the name of the right of self-protection.

    Lethal force laws are different in different states. Some insist on retreat if at all possible, some do not require retreat. None I know of say you follow Mr. Stranger Danger. And any gunowner with sense is going to retreat if at all possible, whatever local law says, in respect to human life or in fear of criminal and especially civil penalties, at least. In fact a good case can be made that the legalities of lethal force make it almost redundant to carry a lethal weapon in the first place.

    There’s definite questions in how Zimmerman got and kept a gun permit, given the apparent incident(s) with police and his repeated calls to police and neighbors’ concerns about his obsession with black males. I am mind-boogled that they didn’t test him for drugs and alcohol, which is SOP in tons of criminal offenses.

    People bent over backwards to protect Mr. Zimmerman’s rights. It is now impossible to protect Treyvon’s rights. There is no easy answer to the conflict of self-protection vs abuse of force. Plainly this case shows how NOT to balance those conflicting rights.


  5. Zimmerman is not off the hook, Jim. The legal system takes time (thank God!). But It’s almost impossible to imagine he isn’t going to be charged with second degree murder, and even more certain he’ll get hit with civil lawsuit(s).


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