Trayvon Martin Case: Is Media Biased Against George Zimmerman?

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The leak of George Zimmerman's statement to police have shed new light on the Trayvon Martin case, along with accusations of bias against the media and public.

Until Tuesday, the case had been framed from Martin's standpoint, which is certainly understandable to a point, as he was unarmed when he was shot and killed.

However, Zimmerman’s defense depicts Trayvon not as an unsuspecting youngster chased by an armed vigilante, but as a violent aggressor who left him no choice.

Some commentators point to Zimmerman’s story as evidence that the media and public have been too quick to lay blame in a case that has gripped the nation.

George Zimmerman Mug Shot
Trayvon Martin Photo

Zimmerman’s claim that he was jumped and beaten to the point where he shot Martin in self-defense seems dubious, especially if a dispatcher told him not to pursue the boy.

Nevertheless, he hasn't been charged with a crime.

You wouldn't know it by the mug shot, taken after a previous arrest, circulated by the media for the last month - most times, next to a five-year-old photo of Martin.

The contrast of the above images has indirectly but significantly shaped the way the sensationalized case is framed, turning the 17-year-old into an innocent martyr.

Martin's tragic death has sparked important public debate over racial profiling, gun laws and other broad social issues. Yet the media tends to sell a single narrative.

Consider how the following photos might portray the case instead:

George Zimmerman Picture
Trayvon Martin, Hoodie

Do a smiling Zimmerman in a suit and tie, or a current photo of Martin looking more like an adult, change your perception of either party? Probably at least a little.

NOTE: The authenticity of the Martin photo above, as well as others on the web (in which he sports fake good teeth), is disputed, but the point remains the same.

Stories such as President Obama's remarks or the "Million Hoodie March" get enormous attention and make the public fall in love with the idealized version of Martin.

The fact of the matter is, though, they have little to do with the case.

Police in Sanford, Fla., deserve to be under scrutiny for their decision not to arrest Zimmerman, but the April 10 grand jury investigation also needs to play itself out.

The truth, as is so often the case, won't be found easily. It almost unavoidably lies among a thousand shades of grey in a case of great complexity and magnitude.

By oversimplifying it and/or turning into an entertainment form, the media and public fail to honor both the deceased's memory and the accused's right to due process.

You tell us: Is there media bias in the Trayvon Martin case?


I was wondering why the pics of treyvon looked nothing like a 17 year old. looks like hes 13 in those pics..good way to get the nation even more upset and sentimental. But zimmerman should not have even approached treyvon..hes a wannabe cop.


C.L. Palmer: Well said!!


Zimmerman (current photo) looks like my dad (also Hispanic, by the way). Why is race playing a factor in this coverage? IF Zimmerman followed the boy, that was a bad call. IF Treyvon jumped Zimmerman because of it, that was also a bad call. IF Treyvon grabbed for Zimmerman's gun, that was a mistake. IF Zimmerman feared that the boy might shoot him if he obtained the gun, in that situation, he may well have been right. IF Zimmerman shot the boy without cause, he's a murderer. However, there are far too many IFs here for anyone to make any decisions. Let the police do their job and SHUT UP! The professional agitators and celebrity know-nothings, especially, just make me sick.


They gave you my brain and you wasted it!


I'm thinking there were more than one shooter! SHE KEPT SAYING - THEY KILLED MY SON!!!!!!!!!!


During this whole thing, my question has always been, "why do we only see pictures of Trayvon as a child, and why only George's mugshot"? There is a reason defendants don't stand trial in orange jumpsuits, it makes people assume guilt. We don't know what went on. But the ending was tragic. Demonizing one or the other doesn't help heal.


George Zimmerman mother is Peruvian, based on DNA, he is not white.
Zimmerman sound German, but if you see one n at the end, it indicated that he Jewish. Please check it first before you use it as racial argument! Or are you consider Jewish white???


2 things i do know. no one knows what happen that night but God knows. the word of God tells me "you reap what you sow". you sow bad you reap bad, you sow good you reap good closed.


It's horrible that someone died & horrible that everyone that was not there jumps to conclusions & this man will not get a fair trial. I have 3 sons around his Trayvon's age, I can't imagine what the mother is going through. I just can't stand Al Sharpton & people like him who jump to make money off of these types of sad situations. I do not think the boy deserved to be shot, but I do think there is more to the story then him being shot because of the color of his skin.


They gave you the brain instead of the scarecrow what took you?

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