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Cable 'news' needs to get back to news
July 16, 2013 - Jim Smith
Maybe the George Zimmerman verdict finally will drive the point home to the talking heads on the 24-hour cable "news" networks to report the news instead of trying to be judge, jury and executioner.
The cable networks certainly took the lead in getting the gullible viewing public to rally as much controversy and emotion as possible into an already emotional powder keg, fueled by race, outside influences and federal government over-reach.
Was George Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter or was he innocent of any criminal offense by reason of self defense? I'll be the first to admit I don't think the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed a crime. But there is no doubt he acted stupidly and overstepped his role as a neighborhood watch member, and that seriously contributed to the subsequent confrontation and death. And, there is little doubt in my mind that race was an issue in Zimmerman's actions.
Was the entire incident avoidable and a fatal tragedy for Trayvon Martin? The incident and death presumably will haunt Zimmerman for the reminder of his life, as it should.
But the decision of guilty or innocence was that of the jury, not the rabble rousers on cable "news" programs that pretend to be reporting and analyzing news, but are really little more than blatant "entertainment," striving to lock in as many of those almighty rating points as possible so as to drive up advertising prices and overall network revenue.
And, even after the verdict was reached, the bubble-brained talking heads continued to beat the issue. Why? For more rating points and network revenue or was it merely to stroke their own inflated egos?
The cable news networks need to get back to reporting news instead of pretending to be something they are not ... objective!
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