So, I’m in Chicagoland. I pick up a Chicago Tribune. And I read this crap, taken from the Washington Post.
A man tried for murder is totally acquitted after two brilliant lawyers lead a defense team which clearly establishes self-defense based upon hard evidence. Almost three years later, major newspapers show his pictures alongside those of serial killers John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Dennis Rader. They put the word “murder” in the story title. The same mass media that became the willing puppets of a plaintiff’s lawyer, his PR man, and an ambitious prosecutor and made George Zimmerman unemployable – “the most hated man in America,” some say – now declare that he’s able to sell his gun for significant money “because Americans have always been fascinated with murder.”
Those of us who followed the trial and the evidence instead of the headlines and the meme understand that he was righteously acquitted. Those who aren’t up to speed on it can go to the archive next to this column and start reading my blog entry on the day he was acquitted, July 13, 2013, and read the nineteen subsequent entries to understand the reality.
Some, of course, are comfortable with dwelling in ignorance and anti-self-defense bigotry.
Contemporary journalism is reminding me of contemporary politics.