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Rachel Maddow Slams Fox News Over DOJ Role in Trayvon Protests

By    |   Wednesday, 17 July 2013 07:16 AM

Rachel Maddow tore into Fox News on Tuesday night over the network's inference that the federal goverment helped organize last year's protests following George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. 

Maddow attacked Fox News for allowing a guest from the conservative group Judicial Watch to suggest that the Department of Justice played a role in coordinating the protests, which preceded the state's murder charge against Zimmerman.

"By their own admission they went down to organize the protests, and the protests were for the prosecution against Mr. Zimmerman and in support of Mr. Martin," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News' Martha MacCallum. "This is a promotion of a protest, it's not being neutral, its promoting one side of a controversy in a racially charged way."

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Maddow was quick to align the guest's assessment of the situation with that of Fox News.

"So says Fox News world on that subject. In the real world, the Department of Justice sent officials to meet with protesters, city officials and law enforcement to try to keep all the protests peaceful," Maddow said. "So yes, the protests about the verdicts have basically been peaceful and emotional demonstrations. Yes, the Justice Department planned to help keep protests peaceful. And yes, Fox News is going to be outraged about all of that, all the time, even if in this case its outrage would logically seem to be self-canceling, right?"

Earlier in the segment, Maddow showed various clips of the protests that occurred across the nation since Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder over the weekend.

Describing the most recent displays of outrage as "almost entirely peaceful, emotional protests," Maddow glazed over the violence perpetrated by some at the protests, which she acknowledged in passing as she showcased videos from protests in major municipalities from New York City to Los Angeles.

Having focused on the racial aspects of the case in her coverage of the trial, the progressive TV host in her assessment of the protests also failed to mention the acts of racial violence that have been reported in the days following the verdict.

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In Senatobia, Miss., a
white jogger claims he was abducted by three black men and beaten in retaliation for the verdict, while in Baltimore on Sunday a Hispanic man was reportedly attacked by a group of black youths who according to witnesses yelled "This is for Trayvon," the Baltimore Sun reported.

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