As George Zimmerman is charged with murder, Jane Hall and Lola Ogunnaike join Howard Kurtz to analyze the media's coverage of his arrest.
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State officials conspire to convict an innocent man to appease a wealthy family
Does justice have a double standard for black men
John Dobbs: case number 48-2006-CF-15201-0, (DC) inmate no.C00618, a resident of Florida prison
Innocent black man given a life sentence for second degree murder on an non existing " stand your ground" law
(a) Racial profiling
(b) Selective prosecution
(c) Contrary to the evidences
(d) Prosecutor misconduct
(e) Confusing jury instructions on the law of self defense
John Dobbs: was given:
(a) Two different "Charge Information"
(b) Unsigned, subpoenas with the case no. 48-2006-CF-0015201-0
(c) Four different case numbers, for the October 25,2006 incident
(d) Two different " Adversary Preliminary Hearing Proceedings"(APH) Transcripts, one is 65 pages and the other is 85 pages
The "Jury Instructions" are improper and confusing on the law of self defense
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To Ms. Ogunnaike's comment about just reporting what the public wants, I say where do I sign up to be asked what I want to be reported? I want to partake of news that is factual, fact checked, not what passes for news in 2012. I don't trust any news that I read/hear as it is all tabloid in nature all the time. We are seriously in trouble when we can't trust a very important part of keeping our democracy in place.
I must've missed the announcement telling me where I could register my vote for the news I want to watch.
Ms. Ogunnaike is being generous to her journalist brethren when she says, "We just report what the public demands." Members of the media don't just report the news; they MAKE THE NEWS. And they make the news that appeals to their viewership's basest instincts for salacious, inflammatory and provocative content.
In 1952, Generoso Pope Jr. purchased the New York Evening Enquirer, a Sunday afternoon broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout New York City. In 1957, Pope changed the name of the newspaper to The National Enquirer and changed its scope to national stories of sex and scandal and headlines such as "I Cut Out Her Heart and Stomped On It" (Sept. 8, 1963) and "Mom Boiled Her Baby and Ate Her" (1962). Pope stated he got the idea for the format and these gory stories from seeing people congregate around auto accidents.
The same thing has happened to so called mainstream media. If there's no provocative event to report on, they'll make one up–whether the viewership wants to hear it or not.
Mr. Kurtz is an entrenched part of the Media he disingenuously analyzes. Media fuel celebrity interest, for example, by incessant coverage of Paris Hilton and the Kardashians' every move, pumping up their wealthy but unaccomplished lives. Celebrity coverage is news-on-the-cheap compared with the costs of assigning real journalists to report events from around the world. The cost-benefit analysis determines what will be covered. It also at once deifies, denigrates and discards its meal tickets that cheat the public of a balanced view and robs the famous (and infamous) of their humanity.
CNN and other news outlets are now makling celebrities of the participants in the Trayvon Martin case. Over one weekend, the breathless voiceover announced, "Get the latest on the Trayvon Martin case!" as if he was announcing the latest celebrity gossip. Disgusting.
Instead of journalists, we now have media terrorists. Thanks Generoso Pope, Rupert Murdoch and all your vile spawn.
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I wish Howie would quit having Jane (I hate Fox) Hall on. She offers nothing except her hatred and disdain for Fox News. I can get that on msnbc 24-7.
To Ms. Ogunnaike's comment that the public demands 40 to 45% coverage of this news story, I don't - not at all. I was quite surprised to find out that the news coverage was a factor of what the public wanted it to be. I don't want this at all. I wish there was real news on the news more often. What a waste of a valuable resource of the Fourth Estate!
But, even if if she is correct and the public does demand this level of attention in a single story, no matter what the story, why do it? The press in the U.S. has unimaginable freedom compared with many places in the world, and it should be embarrassed not to be using that freedom to the fullest extent possible. I am completely disappointed in the U.S. press when it covers any story beyond the actual news that story it makes in a day. It appears that the media has lost its way in ethics and public responsibility.
I'm with you, this story was over covered by a mile. No need for all that coverage for a small town story.
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