March 25th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Media Bias in the Trayvon Martin case?

Lauren Ashburn, Eric Deggans and Derek McGinty talk to Howard Kurtz about how media figures like Al Sharpton and Geraldo Rivera let their opinions inform their coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

Filed under: Crime • Fox News • Media Criticism • MSNBC • Reliable Sources • Trayvon Martin
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  27. Ron Bailey

    Absolutely no one has been as sickening as CNN,Your coverage of the Zimmerman trial has been so one sided It seems clear if CNN had their way they would just skip the trial and hang Zimmerman. Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper are especially one sided, Shame on you CNN

    July 4, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
  28. Jerome Almon

    Relible sources itself is biased on this story-HOW could Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, Rep. Bobby Rush, and Russell Simmons get away with flat out lying about their opposition to racial profiling, when it is not true. They are exploiting Black people AGAIN for money and camera time-and the media is party to it. Why don't we hear from other Blacks on this subject who actually are sincere with answers to the problem? Bottom line the media is broadcasting flat out LIES in this case, and knows it.


    May 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  29. Liberal = hate, ignorance, and envy

    Where were you imbeciles when OJ Simpson almost sawed his white ex-wives head off? Where was all this sympathy for the dead person then? You people are astonishingly ignorant. The media bias in this case is off the charts. A picture of Martin when he was about 12 is all you saw in the liberal media for the first 2 weeks, while the black masses were stirred into a frenzy of ignorance. The picture of Zimmerman was 5 yrs old in an orange jumpsuit. NBC was forced to fire an employee for biased editing of the 911 call. Martin was 6' 3", hardly a child as so many liberal propaganda outlets have described him. Two weeks passed before the bloody head picture of Zimmerman surfaced. If someone starting bashing the back of my head against concrete and I had a gun, guess what would happen. What they look like would not be a concern of mine.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  30. charley ski

    I'm watching CNN with the slimeball Anderson shpwing these lame old pics of trayvon the thug. Search the net for the real pices of this tatooed thug. OBO says trayvon looks like his son? A thug??
    CNN is a joke and Anderson is just what Socilists like OBO love. A thug with a mike claiming to be a reporter but nothing more than a lieing puppet pushing lies as the truth to the gullible mob. CNN sucks! Anderson is an Embarrasment.
    Zimmmerman will be found not guilty. Watch how CNN will insite riots. And OBO will hope to gain more votes claiming whitey caused it all!

    April 14, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
  31. India

    Zimmerman initiated this whole messy sttuaiion. IF, and it's a big IF he's telling the truth regarding Martin attacking him he still started the whole friggin thing.There are plenty of inconsistencies in his story or stories that have appeared in the media. It will be interesting to see what the FBI determines regarding the screaming for help during the fight. If it was Zimmerman screaming he will likely get off given Florida's screwed up SYG law. If it was Martin...........he should take a plea.Trying to defend Zimmeman is not helping the gun rights cause. The truth is if you give cops or civilians gun they are on occasion going to shoot people who didn't need to be shot. Hell, even Navy Seals screw up on occasion. Like my gramer dere ain;t no perfection in this life.As for any chicken, Pedro, I don't drink much. You'd be better off paying for the drinks. My late dad was a alcoholic with anger issues. I just have anger issues.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • john jones

      CNN and all liberal media are biased, and just want to ignore the facts about Trayvon Martin being a wanna be gangster thug. Show the real photos of him, show the picture of him with the gun, the gold teeth, the tattoos...why is it so hard to believe that Martin started this. CNN you make us sick

      July 14, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  32. Sachin

    they saw, take the fact that the black Zimmerman was neighborhood watch guy (we like those guys), and have the cops iaincntidg he has a bloody face / head, and we'd have the same attitude.Now could it be that the cops are lying to America?Sure, I guess. Lord knows cops lie... public employees being what they are today.But, until we have the cops proven as liars, which is a whole other legal ball of wax, I'm not getting how you think race plays into this.Black Zimmerman should be walking free until it is proven he's guilty.And if in the rest of black America there are a bunch of black Zimmermans who are forced to go to jail after being neighborhood watch guy, calling 911, and ending up with a bloody face – then THAT is a horrible tragedy, and we should do something about it NOW.For conservatives, the first thing is somehow this became a thing for calling conservatives racists. Which is enough to force us to make sure no one is scoring points against our agenda which is paying less taxes, putting up with less noise from Democrats in general.The other thing is we're buying more guns and we're going to be keeping them – we want EVERYONE carrying a gun around – because well MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT and public employee cops are bad, bad news.So for many conservatives, this is really about liking neighborhood watch gun carrying 911 calling guys – and not wanting that to go away.Last note, it's good you wrote about something you read on a conservative site – I found your article through memeorandum, and generally, libs write about stuff from lib sites, and conservatives do same, so kudos there.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  33. connie messina

    I support Rev Sharpton and Rev Jackson over the outrage of this incident. It has happened too many times. I am Caucasion and can understand the concern of the Black community that this will be shoved under the carpet lke so many other killings of Black males.

    April 1, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Rian

      I watch both CNN and Fox to get a better idea as to what is happening around the planet. They are both biased in their presentation of the news. As for the trayvon case, my heart goes out to both families. They are in a living hell and will be so for some time. As for the issue of bias by the news media, when this first came down, why did they have to show Zimmerman at his worst in orange prisoner outfit and Trayvon at his best as a cute good looking young man instead of what I am seeing today on the internet as a 6' 4" gold grilled wanabe thuggy? Rest in peace Trayvon. Oh I almost forgot, from now on I will be refering to CNN as the "colored network news" station for the way they handled this sad issue.

      April 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Paul De Perrier

      You make me sick you ignorant asshole. I bet you have black buys in your bed every opportunity you get. Better get to the clinic and get those sores checked out eh! When "non-reflectives" break into your house rape and kill you and your children and make off with your worldly belongings it will be a good thing. Why? Because that will be one less ignorant arrogant bleeding heart fantasist we won't have to listen to. No black ever in history has done anything wrong. If it's so bad, return to Africa. I'm sure that's such an appealing option. One concern you need to be aware of, is how are you going to explain all those supposive business trips to Africa. Better back the condoms you blind little n***** lover...

      July 31, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  34. connie messina

    I support Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson. From all the demonstrations across the country, so do a lot of people of all races. I am Caucasion, but can understand the frustration of the Black community over another senseless killing of a Black man or child. This has to stop and that is what Rev Sharpton is saying.

    April 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  35. RT

    The media is lynching Zimmerman. They are also embarrassing themselves by trying to analyze scraps of evidence such as police station video. On MSNBC, they had a ballistic experts on; one who knows nothing about the case. The media doesn't care about Martin, they care about ratings and will do anything to get them. Anderson, O'Donnell, etc – GET A LIFE!

    March 31, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  36. TedR

    As a lawyer I'm appalled at the media wanting a lynching, not the due process of law. I don't know what happened in Sanford, don't know who was the aggressor. Let's let the police and prosecutors figure it out. Meanwhile, remember Tawana Brawley, DKS, and Duke lacrosse before we all convict Mr. Zimmerman. Let's also look at the other recent Florida "stand your ground" case, aired only briefly by CNN but apparently covered in Florida since there was plenty of courtroom and interview tape available: a black neighbor shot and killed a young white father who was standing up for a kid skateboarding in a public park, which the neighbor didn't like. Comment, Rev. Sharpton?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Cody

      There is something potiec in watching race baiters like Rev Al and JJ as they continue taking the rope and forming a noose and slipping it over their own necks. That is the kind of Justice money cannot buy.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
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  38. Craig

    I'm disgusted by CNN continuing to display photos of Trayvon Martin as a kid and Zimmerman looking like a predator. The media jumped on this and incited the reaction to this story and will pay the price when the facts come out. I'm not going to blindly support Zimmerman but the coverage of this case has been disgraceful.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Robb

      Completely agree!

      March 27, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • Ahmet

        it is or does, etc. If you can't read between the lines of what I'm naklitg about, it boils down to whenever the other person(s) are up against a Black person(mostly males,but some females), the cop . the Prosecutor , and the Judges (white ones of course) automatically thinks .I mean down right their first thought(from the heart) is the Black person has to be in the wrong .that thought pattern is so high( my opinion=90-95%) from those whites(in charge of whatever) at any little or big crime or non-crime(when the races include a Black person) .must be the .F A U L T of the Black person involved(dead or alive), sad to say(May Travon R.I.P.). another sad thing about this and how true this is and happens much..much to often, I am living proof..automatically they beleived a regrettable white date of mine some years ago and you wouldn't believe because they believed her lies, how much has been taken away from me!? Over a Lie, by a white person, saying that lie first to the cops and then to the Judge. Also you ever notice how many whites really think God isn't watching them too, some of the so-called Christian ones will actually say . I know I'm getting into Heaven(despite pointing out to them that even a lie is a sin), you wouldn't believe how many white Christians feel they will automatically get into Heaven!!! I sure hope they're not basing that on the color of their skin, because many are(feeling that way). So Sad. p.s.,sorry about the spelling errors,for whatever reason, the cursor wouldn't let me go to other lines for corrections.

        April 4, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • san

      The fact is that there was a mugshot of Zimmerman available to post. How could this saint of a neighborhood watchman possibly have a mugshot? Had they had a mugshot of Trayvon Martin, I am sure that they would have posted it by now. But I agree, both pictures should be current. So the new picture of Saint Zimmer looks "just like" he looked that night , ready for a job interview with a smile on his face. Additionally, HLN just provide a side by side profile, where it showed Trayvon Martin at 6 feet, 140 pounds; it showed George Zimmerman at 5 feet 9 inches and weight unknown. Seriously, has Trayvon now become larger than George Zimmer. Because the story now needs to tie to the "he jumped me from behind when I was on my way back to my car theory." The story is going to change pretty soon to Trayvon was robbing George Zimmerman of the Skittles and the 9mm actually did not belong to Zimmerman but was Trayvon and Zimmer only picked it up after he dropped it and there several anonomous witness to verify. The media distorts very much in favor of the police all the time.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
      • RT

        Zimmerman should have minded is own business. That said, the press is out of control with all sorts of conjecture, half-assed analysis, etc. Everyone reading this better hope they are never involved in a sensational case; the media will crucify you!

        March 31, 2012 at 9:14 am |
      • Sirep

        Trayvon's murder has me so upset I can't even begin to esxpers myself. I just keep thinking about his parents and all they must be going through. Then, I get so very angry about Zimmerman being free (how is that even possible?!?) that I feel an impotent rage. I'm so heartened by the fact our young folks are taking a stand and making themselves heard over something so important that I get goosebumps thinking about it. I hope they continue to stand up for what is right and just and that justice is served.

        April 7, 2012 at 4:13 am |
    • Ebon

      weeks, who are afraid for their hcrldien in a new way since seeing his face in the news. Commentera0Eric M asks, Anybody know the names of the 512 black boys and men that were killed since Treyvon Martin was?

      April 5, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • Russell

      I am so angry that the police and DA are not tknaig this young man's murder more seriously. I encourage everyone to listen to the 911 call George Zimmerman made before murdering Trayvon. I was truly disgusted with this man after listening to it. I also read on another news story that George Zimmerman,called 911 46 times in the last year to report suspicious activity of people in the neighborhood which were primarily young, black youths. I truly believe George Zimmerman was looking for a fight and waiting for a day he could find an excuse to use his gun. Of course, his excuse of self-defense is an absolute lie.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:37 am | Reply
      • Sam

        I completely understand your outrage regarding the events leading up to Trayvon's murder. However, choosing to believe some facts of the case, while leaving others out that go against your personal opinions is the wrong way to go about it. The fact that you claim to know, what the trial and every witness WHO WAS ACTUALLY THERE admits they do not (who actually started the fight and the fight itself), does nothing but expose your weak position.

        July 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  39. carolmr

    No comment about George Zimmerman being Hispanic? Why is the media afraid to point this out?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Robb

      I noticed that last night. Media referring to him as White. What?!?!? President Obama should be called White if Zimmerman is White.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
      • san

        one can be white and hispanic; one can be black and hispanic.

        March 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Mary

        GOD is watching over us on a daily basis & HE sees ieyrvtheng that onfolds All I can say is dat HIS word will forever maintain its sharpness as an arrow..HE has promised 2 recompense tribulation on those that trouble thee 1 Thes. 1:6 This shall be the reward of Zimmerman and whosoever that supports HIS action. U won't believe that blacks get pull over by police just because he/she is riding a fancy/flashy car? This madness has to stop! & with unity in CHRIST JESUS, we shall definitely overcome d prevailing situations, & above all, we shall stand up stall. I'm soooooo hurt cuz I'm a young lad, & know how important boys are to their mothers. I'm jus imagining what that woman is going through.

        April 4, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Aswathy

      This was a local tragedy for me. And it was eemplctoly SICKENING. I heard the 911 call, and Zimmerman was told specifically NOT to follow this boy. There were other callers who were witnesses, and while they were trying to describe what was happening, you could hear the boy in the background begging, and pleading for his life and then the gunshot sound immediately afterwards. This man is sick. He has a record of calling 911 for similar issues in the past. The boy was home watching a game and decided to go to the store to get a drink and some candy not knowing he would never make it back. My heart is extremely broken for his family, and disgusted with the Sanford police for trying to cover it up.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply

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