Chris Lane Murder Coverage: Racial Double Standard?

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The Christopher Lane murder case has led to public outcry, given the senseless nature of the killing - and allegations of racial double standards by the media.

An Australian-born college baseball player, Lane was gunned down last week while out on a jog in Duncan, Okla., where he had been visiting his girlfriend.

James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged with first-degree murder. Michael Jones, 17, was accused of being an accessory to murder.

According to police, Jones made a detailed confession, saying, "We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody."

Two of the alleged killers, Edwards and Luna, are black. Jones is white. Police have not ascribed a racial motive; Jones basically said it was "for fun."

Still, a number of commentators have suggested that race was an important factor in the shooting, and that media is guilty of a massive double standard.

Some have described it as "Trayvon Martin in reverse," with the mainstream media exaggerating the racial component of that crime, and ignoring them here.

Right or wrong, the media's alleged refusal to make race a central issue in the killing of Chris Lane, 22, amounts to an abrupt shift, critics believe.

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was black, sparked racial tensions around the nation.

Do you think this case should be examined through a similar lens? Do you think race was a factor in either (or neither) case? Comment below ...

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