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posted: 7/28/2013 5:00 AM

Coverage of trial was lopsided

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I've seldom seen such a lopsided coverage of a story by the news media as has taken place regarding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. Martin was consistently portrayed as an innocent youngster by repeatedly publishing a photo taken when he was 14 years old while in fact he was actually now larger than Zimmerman. Meanwhile Zimmerman was consistently portrayed as a racist vigilante who was looking for trouble. Zimmerman was actually an authorized volunteer night watchman responding to the crime problem in his gated community.

Another oft-repeated criticism was his failure to obey the request of the police dispatcher "to stop following the suspect." Zimmerman was doing his job of seeing what Martin was up to and was under no obligation to obey the police dispatcher. According to the evidence presented at the trial, Martin objected to being followed, turned around and attacked Zimmerman, knocked him down and was slamming his head against the sidewalk when Zimmerman shot him. I guess if Zimmerman had only just let Martin bash his brains out, all this controversy could have been avoided.

John Hurley


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