MSNBC Drops Coverage of Trayvon Case When Evidence Didn't Favor Teen

Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:01 PM

By Michelle Lopata

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As evidence in the Trayvon Martin shooting case emerged that painted the teenager who was killed by shooter George Zimmerman in a less than favorable light, the news media, specifically MSNBC, has backed off on their near-constant coverage of the case, according to website Mediaite.

Shortly after the shooting death of the Florida teen, cable news network MSNBC ran with round the clock coverage of the ongoing investigation, depicting neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman as a racist killer. The network even went so far as to cry outrage over the lack of national interest in the case.

However, as more and more details emerged that seemed to create a more murky picture of what really happened the night of the shooting, MSNBC reported on the case far less, according to Mediaite.com.

When ABC’s “World News” broke new information on May 15 that Zimmerman may, in fact, have been defending himself when he shot Martin, MSNBC not only did not report on the new evidence, but soon stopped its non-stop coverage of the case completely, Mediaite.com reports.

Rather than report on the new evidence in the Trayvon Martin case, MSNBC started its 8 p.m. hour on May 15 with coverage of the J.P. Morgan debacle.

Two days later, Mediaite.com continues, Prosecutor Angela Cory’s offices released hundreds of pages of information that provided a better understanding of what happened the night of Martin’s shooting, including that Martin had THC, a psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, in his system, and Zimmerman likely had Adderall in his.

The new documents included an assessment that “’probable cause’ to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter” was considered from the beginning of the investigation.

Also released was video footage from the 7-Eleven where Martin was last caught on tape along with new photos of Zimmerman’s wounds.

Despite the new developments, MSNBC chose to cover a story in “The New York Times” that alleged a pro-Romney group was planning to run an advertising campaign that would connect President Barack Obama with his former reverend, Jeremiah Wright.


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