Although the whole nation seems to be talking about the ethics of shooting an unarmed black teenager and its implications for justice, this is actually not true. After all, the most watched news station on TV in the United States is simply not covering it.
From Think Progress:
Since his tragic death on February 26, Trayvon Martin — an unarmed 17-year-old African-American shot by “neighborhood watch volunteer” George Zimmerman — has become national news. Martin, a good student with no criminal record, was killed by Zimmerman on his way home from the 7-11.
Zimmerman was carrying a 9 millimeter handgun. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. (If you are unfamilar with the story, check out our primer on what everyone should know about Trayvon Martin.)
Martin has merited coverage by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The story has been covered by all three broadcast networks and extensively on cable. But there is one outlet that has barely mentioned Trayvon Martin — Fox News.
We can all speculate about what would motivate Fox News to ignore such a story (as well as try to answer why CNN would focus on it so much).
In my humble opinion, the lack of coverage by Fox is just further evidence that they are only interested in certain kinds of stories -- basically anything that makes Democrats or Barack Obama look bad (this is not to say they don't deserve attention or blame for some things, just that this is the only issue Fox seems to be focused on).
Interestingly, I could see Fox News spinning this story into a narrative that is critical of Obama and the Democrats -- some kind of gun control story perhaps. But their silence speaks volumes.
An unarmed black teenagers was gunned down in cold blood by a man with an obsession about crime prevention and an overriding perception of crime as exclusively a black phenomenon. And Fox News wants nothing to do with it.