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Meta media moment: Describing how Zimmerman verdict sparked an explosion of race-centered coverage on CNN's Reliable Sources and NPR's On the Media

George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict sparked an explosion of race-centered commentary in media.

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George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict sparked an explosion of race-centered commentary in media.

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July

In the week after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, I’ve done a lot of interviews trying to explain the aftermath.

Here’s two of the most recent, an appearance on NPR’s On the Media and a stop by CNN’s Reliable Sources. But no matter how much time you get to chew this stuff over – and on CNN, we only had six minutes for three different people – there’s a feeling of too much left unsaid.

 

 

The sad fact is that the furor following the verdict says more about our tangled fights over race issues than anything, as so many try to come to terms with a jury verdict which doesn’t really resolve any of the larger issues hanging over the case.

On CNN, I joined guest host David Folkenflik in one of the first shows aired since the departure of longtime media critic Howard Kurtz for Fox News Channel.

On the Media is a much more conducive formula for a sprawling discussion, allowing subjects to talk at length and edit their comments down later. There, I noted that the word "thug," which some have used to describe Martin and his friend Rachel Jeantel, seems to be a more polite shorthand for the n-word these days.

Some interesting ideas emerged during these interviews; see links to both of them below.



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