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?

 

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I think what the Mother is saying " THEY" The ( Whites) killed my son!

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Trayvons mother is trademarking two sayings to capitalize off her son's death. "I am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon". â„¢ is for CD's and DVDS. So spare me, when commenting.

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No one knows for sure what happened that night, except for Martin and Zimmerman, and for people to arrange all of these marches, and wear all of these hoodies to show support, is pure and simple Bulls--t!!! If Zimmerman hasn't been charged yet, there's a reason for it. Obviously the police and the prosecutor feel that there isn't probably cause for an arrest. And for someone to say "At the age of 17, you are still going to have some growing up to do." that's BS! In the eyes of the law, you are grown up at 17. You are eligible for the death penalty or life in prison at 17. Do you really think that once you hit 18 or 21, a switch suddenly flips and you become an adult? This was not a case of an adult against a child. This was a case of two "people" who had an encounter that ended very badly. We as a society need to find another cause to fight, and move on. And the media definitely needs to quit reporting on it!

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More peep with agendas, great. She was a distraught mommy, so know mttr which side I stand on she jst knew she wud never here her kid ever again.

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@Tortute- I know the answer! Do you- I want to hear it out loud! Does it hurt that bad? Can anyone come out and say it?

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Many people have answered @question. Use ur brain.

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When Trayvon Martins Mother says- THEY killed MY Son--- Who is THEY? WHAT THEY is she Talking About? Maybe the Blacks know?

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Ok- I read about it! So what?

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They are ringing your doorbell.

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@oh yeah, 17 is a child! Zimmerman is a grown man, who happen to be a 28yrs old. At the age of 17, you are still going to have some growing up to do. So there for you are not a grown up yet to figure out things in life. Stop trying to turn the tables to make it seem like Trayvon is a grown man, which he is not. What Zimmerman did was pure wrong, no matter what it was just wrong.

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