For the last couple of weeks, a trial in Florida has been underway. This trial is revolving around the Trayvon Martin murder case. George Zimmerman is on trail, charged with second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin. Martin was an unarmed seventeen-year-old. The country went nuts and after several weeks and an investigation, Zimmerman was arrested. It’s been several months since the arrest and the trial has been going on for the past couple weeks. The trial has been broadcast live across the country on several different television stations, for hours at a time.
The national media is besides themselves with covering the Trayvon Martin murder trial. This is what I know: George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. The incident took place on a very warm night in Florida, last year. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. The prosecution says that Zimmerman followed Martin and attacked him. The rest of the facts have been obscured by the media’s obsession with this case. CNN, HLN, FOX, MSNBC and all the other stations have covered the case from when it first happened. However, the relentless coverage is bothersome. Many in the media were set to vilify Zimmerman. Many wondered whether or not Zimmerman could even get a fair trail. We are at the point where it is hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. Are the news stations making things up or highly exaggerating them?
I will not come to a conclusion of the events relating to this incident until the jury in the case has reached a verdict. It is not up to me to say whether or not Zimmerman is guilty. I do not like that Martin died. But until, the trial concludes, I cannot form an opinion. Is George Zimmerman guilty of murder? Did he act in self-defense? Only the jury can answer that for me. There is too much opinion that is covering the facts. I do not know what else to believe. This is a huge problem because I feel that the media has once again dropped the ball and focused too much on getting ratings than actually performing their jobs: Reporting the news of this trial in a fair and impartial way.
This leads me to my biggest question: Why are the national stations broadcasting the trial. There are many more stories that are not getting enough attention because of this. The San Francisco airplane crash, the train explosion in Quebec, Edward Snowden, the conflicts occurring in the Middle East, why Congress could not extend student loan rates to me are much more pressing issues. Make no mistake, the Trayvon Martin case deserves to covered. It’s a very important case for the state of Florida and, by extension, the United States. But the national media should not be the ones to extensively cover this case. It’s fine if the major stations what to cover it. But we need more information on other world events, not just a murder trial.
The trial will continue for several more weeks. Then the jury will have to come with a verdict. And then we will know the answers. But for now, we don’t. We need to realize this and realize that there are other important stories that need covering.