There’s a good reason why the media ought to keep shining a light on the Trayvon Martin story — the man who killed Trayvon still hasn’t been arrested, despite a busload of evidence that suggests he should be. But now we’ve reached the inevitable point where the usual suspects, as it were, are complaining they’ve heard enough and want the media to to drop the story:
According to a recently released poll, a majority of Republicans and many whites want the media to stop talking about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey found that 56 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of whites said that there had been “too much” coverage of Martin’s killing, compared with 25 percent of Democrats (including 33 percent of white Democrats) and 16 percent of African Americans who thought the media had gone too far.
The racial subtext of the story makes many people feel uncomfortable, as it should, given the fact that police in Sanford, FL, tried to close the book on the incident, as if they’d concluded the killer had acted within the law. As if they think police should handle this case they way they would have a half-century ago.