The panel on this Saturday's Fox News Watch was discussing the media's reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict and one of their regulars, conservative columnist Cal Thomas, made one of the more ridiculous remarks I've heard from anyone on the subject. Given the amount of sheer, unabated, in your face race-baiting that's been going on at Fox and from the right over the last week or so, that's saying a lot.
Thomas apparently doesn't understand the difference between someone being allowed to stalk and then kill an unarmed 17-year-old and the police refusing to even make an arrest until there was enough public pressure involved, and four gang members who murdered a white man, and who were arrested and charged as soon as the police found them, and who I assume will probably all end up going to jail for a very long time for murdering this man, unlike George Zimmerman who was allowed to walk free.
He also doesn't understand why this crime he cites in his op-ed didn't become a national news story:
We are so programmed by our history with race in America that reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin depends largely upon one’s individual, even group, experience.
If you are African-American, you might react like former Washington, D.C., homicide detective Rod Wheeler. Appearing on Fox News, Wheeler said many blacks look at quarterback Michael Vick, jailed for taking part in an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring and wonder why Zimmerman gets away with killing a young black man.
If you are white, or Hispanic, you could possibly see the trial as something whipped up by the always racially conscious media and rhetorical bomb-throwers like the Rev. Al Sharpton. You might conclude that if the victim had been white and the perpetrator black, the media would have shown little or no interest. Or you could point to O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of killing two white people by a majority African-American jury.
Your view would be reinforced by a case in Georgia in which four African-American teenagers beat a 36-year-old white man as he emerged from a gas station convenience store. While trying to escape, the man stumbled into the middle lane of a highway where he was struck by a car and killed. The Marietta Daily Journal reported that the four are charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act. The incident occurred two weeks ago, but I have seen no national media coverage.
Yeah, because situations where the police do their jobs and arrest the people who committed the crimes go on every day, in every city in the country, week after week. And no, of course all of them are not going to make the national media.
Thomas looks like he just cherry picked some random news story out of his butt where a white guy was killed by black men and decided to start screaming about double standards. Try again Cal, because this one was an utter fail.
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