The media’s “delicious story”

According to Rem Rieder, writing in USA Today, the media constructed a story about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin that captured the public’s imagination but couldn’t stand up in court.  Thus the controversy.  Rieder’s analysis offers a textbook example not just of how media bias works but how the dynamics of press coverage can become uncritical and distorting. [Read more…]

Zimmerman found “not guilty”

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of the African-American youth Trayvon Martin, sparking protests, threats against Zimmerman and the jury, and calls on the government to punish him anyway by filing a civil rights suit against him.  (How, if he is legally innocent and protected from “double jeopardy”?)  Lots of people don’t abide by the findings of our legal system.  Do you?  Don’t we really have to? [Read more…]