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Collin Roth compares the concern and coverage two 'local crime stories' received from President Obama and his allies in the mainstream press.

Two murder trials. Two different verdicts. One captured the attention of the media. The other was generally ignored. One elicited politicization from the President of the United States. The other got an "I can’t comment on an active trial." 
 
Both "local crime stories."
 
Some might not see any correlation between the trail of George Zimmerman and the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell - but the two deserve to be paired together for what they say about the state of the media and the politics of race, crime, and life in America today.
 
The recently concluded trial of George Zimmerman resulting in a not guilty verdict was a classic case where the media attempted to fit a narrative around the facts of a case. There was an obvious desire to make the case about race - labeling Zimmerman a "white Hispanic." And there was even malice and bias in reporting as NBC admittedly doctored tapes to portray Zimmerman as a racist before his confrontation with 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
 
And while the typical rabble rousers like Sharpton and Jackson preached to the MSNBC crowd about justice beyond any relation to facts, it was President Obama’s reckless statements in March of 2012 that raised the profile of the case. 
 
"If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon," said Obama. But...

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