The media misled us in the Trayvon Martin case

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z The media misled us in the Trayvon Martin case nwitimes.com
August 04, 2013 12:00 am

The end of the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin has finally freed me up from watching the evening news.

During the trial, the only picture shown by the news media of Martin was that of a 12-year-old lad. In truth, he was 17 when the events leading to his death occurred, yet no pictures of him at this age were ever shown on the news. Why? It's called "news management," generally a maneuver of the federal government. Why the news media allowed this to happen is a mystery to me.

I saw a recent picture of Martin on the Internet. Early on before the trial began, President Obama stated, "If I had a son, he would probably look a lot like Trayvon Martin" -- or words to that effect. Maybe all those that think this tragedy was committed on a small 12-year-old boy should make it their business to find out what he looked like just before he was killed.

This is no longer a 12-year-old child but a grown man of good size. But where were these pictures before, during and after the trial? In my opinion the news media is feeding the public what the federal government and news lackeys want us to know.

From now on, all I want to be informed on is the stock market, comics, sports and obits -- not necessarily in that order!

- David Richards, Hobart

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