Wednesday, March 21, 2012

conservative coverage of the case

I mentioned yesterday that I couldn't find any coverage of the Trayvon Martin murder case from conservative media sources. I suspected that some would eventually cover it, but they would do so to defend Zimmerman, or the Sanford police department, or to bash the mainstream media. Sadly, it was all too predictable.

Redstate finally weighed in yesterday, if only to complain that "the media feeding frenzy over this particular story – one out of the thousands of homicides in this country – in apparent response to a left-wing campaign to keep it in the national news, reflects at best a loss of perspective and at worst a cynical effort to inflame racial division in an election year."

Let me get this straight. Millions of outraged Americans are just credulous amateurs fooled by a cynical left wing ploy to stir up racial division? A man murders a kid. The police botch the investigation. Race appears to play a crucial role in both outcomes. Then a bunch of people find out about it and are outraged. And we're the ones stirring up racial discord?

This is the absurdity that the modern ideology of colorblindness will bring you to. Colorblindness has nothing to do with eradicating racism. It is about denying its existence and power. And so when faced with actual racism in such stark form, the colorblindness zealots must cast blame on those drawing attention to the racism. There is a significant segment of white opinion that continues to find efforts to combat racism more objectionable than the racism itself.

Glenn Beck's news site, theblaze, also covered the story, but led with this headline: "Al Sharpton dismisses self-defense argument in shooting of teen." As all good Beck followers know, Sharpton is a black agitator who can't be trusted, thus Zimmerman must be innocent. The article dwells at length on why Martin was serving a school suspension, but does not mention Zimmerman's criminal history.

Beck's site then followed that up with a scare story yesterday evening about a "black militia organization" vowing to find Zimmerman. Notice how the framing of it turns an issue of basic justice in which people of all colors have a common interest into one of racial controversy in which vaguely menacing and radical black groups are on the rampage. Suddenly it's back to us against them. 

By the way, don't bother reading comments on Beck's site. It might ruin your day. It's interesting, to say the least, that Beck draws in so many racist, hate-filled people. We can laugh at people like Beck, but it really does grieve me because I know from personal experience that good, decent people are also drawn into the web of demagogues like Beck and Limbaugh, and are somehow unaware that they are listening to racist fools. It really is sad.

I hear O'Reilly did a segment on his show last night but I have not seen it. Did he handle it well?


  1. When you're colorblind, you see only two colors: Black and White.

  2. Engima, look up colorblindness: