Honestly, there’s no surprise here when it comes to Fox News’ non-reporting on the Trayvon Martin case in Florida…
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 unfamiliar 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.
Here’s a breakdown of the coverage of Trayvon Martin on the three major cable networks from the day of his death through today at noon:
- As Trayvon Martin Hits the National Media, Will Justice for His Death Follow? (thinkprogress.org)
- Harris-Perry Takes On Shooting Death Of Trayvon Martin (thefifthcolumn2.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin’s crime: Walking while black (brobrubel.wordpress.com)
- Dan Abrams On Trayvon Martin Shooting: ‘Let’s Separate The Facts From The Law’ (mediaite.com)