That’s Mr. Bill O’Reilly, the king of hyperbole, he speaketh:
O’Reilly speculated on what would happen if the Florida special prosecutor decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman.
“What if that happens? It could, because Florida’s complicated stand your ground law has muddled the case. MSNBC, and CNN to some extent, have a vested interest in seeing Zimmerman punished because they have already found him guilty on the air. So they are not going to respect any verdict but guilty.
“Therefore, those entities tell the American public that racial injustice has been done if there is not a conviction, and that could very well lead to violence as we saw in the Rodney King case.”
Oh and then he went on to exclaim excitedly from behind his safe news anchor wannabe desk how he covered those riots and it was awesomebonersauce. O’Reilly, from his high horse then thoroughly chastises everyone who isn’t him on the subject.
O’Reilly’s commentary Friday night built on the theme of his Thursday night Talking Points Memo, where he said journalists are continuing to try the Trayvon murder case on television, regardless of the possibility that the coverage could spark racial violence.
“No media observer knows exactly what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed,” O’Reilly said on Fox News. “Yet there they are, bloviating all over the place, exploiting the death of a young man, inciting violence against the system. Awful!”
O’Reilly said “many pundits” are demanding that Zimmerman, 28, be arrested for shooting the 17-year-old to death. “And we can now add Oprah Winfrey to that list,” O’Reilly began the Talking Points Memo.
He’s right though, the media has lost its fucking mind in its quest to make hay of a case that is really little more than a couple of warnings: 1) every so often a well-intentioned citizen goes a little too John Wayne with his gun-toting rights; 2) sometimes the younger generations forget that a concealed face and menacing demeanor in a rough neighborhood translates to “I’m about to rob and/or kill the fuck out of you.”
It’s highly doubtful a narrative where Zimmerman dodges a conviction completely would lead to Rodney King style violence though, no matter what O’Reilly bloviates. It would definitely be a miscarriage of justice not to have him take responsibility for his hand in Martin’s slaying.
One silver lining in the often race-blind crushing of individuals by the American security state at home and American empire abroad is that we have collectively come to realize we endure far worse indignities as humans. Indignities also at the hands of a media that dazzles us with one death — over thousands. Don’t be conned by the latest divide et impera sideshow.