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The Zimmerman Trial as Media Pornography

Will we have riots if, as is now widely predicted, Zimmerman is innocent of all charges? Beats me, but what I know is this: if we do, Sharpton should be indicted for incitement. It would be long overdue for one of the great racists of our time.

But most readers understand all this and I feel embarrassed for even writing about it. As a member of the media, it shows the poverty of my imagination and the narrowness of my mind. Not only should this trial never have happened, the ongoing obsession with it is an absurd waste of time and another (deliberate?) distraction from the real news and conflicts which are before us.

As I write this, Egypt teeters on the brink of civil war, Syria is still in civil war, Lebanon is also on the brink, Iran marches forward to nuclear arms, the U.S. economy remains a mess, unemployment is rampant, more people are on food stamps than work in the private sector, the deficit grows exponentially by the second, Social Security is going bankrupt, Medicare is going bankrupt, the IRS has virtually taken over the country and is about to subsume healthcare, Benghazi remains unresolved, the NSA is spying on everything and everybody between here and Alpha Centauri and we're (I) worrying George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin?!

What unbelievable nonsense. The case has nothing to do with anything. Not race, not gun control, not even self-defense or "stand your ground." It's just a form of ginned-up media pornography. It may generate ratings for Fox News, but it pollutes the minds of the rest of us.


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