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African-American Journo Sues People Magazine for Discrimination

TrayvonMartinPeopleCoverThe discrimination lawsuit filed by former People staffer Tatsha Robertson makes a number of incendiary claims against since-departed executive editor Betsy Gleick. From the New York Daily News report:

When the magazine does put black people on its cover, they’re held to a different standard, the suit says. Although People “put Trayvon Martin on its cover, Ms. Gleick was completely obsessed with attempting to unearth any potential negative fact about him before doing so,” the suit says. “Ms. Gleick repeatedly questioned whether he was a ‘good kid,’ yet never made efforts to vet white victims of crime.”

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Time’s Powerful Trayvon Martin Cover

A great cover from Time, dedicated to the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

Victor Cruz: I Wouldn’t Be Opposed to a Twitter Editor

Back from two weeks’ vacation, Dan Patrick and the Danettes relaunched things in the Man Cave this morning with a timely guest: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. The athlete explained why he deleted his controversial Twitter reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict, replacing the message with an apology and several other more heartfelt observations:

“In the moment, when it happened – I’m not going to lie, I was a little angry. As a father, you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid… I put out the tweet as a reaction to what I was seeing on Twitter, to what my friends and family were writing on Twitter.”

“And I put the tweet out there and once I put it out, I thought, ‘Man, it’s not the right thing to say.’ There’s kids that follow me and I don’t want them to think that I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. Those aren’t my intentions, I’m not that type of guy. Where I come from, I heard violence outside my window each and every day, and I don’t want to be someone to promote that even more so.”

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Zimmerman Lawyer to Move ‘ASAP’ Against NBC News (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. TVNewser It was on NBC’s Today, regular readers may recall, that a severely out of context spliced clip of Zimmerman was played. A number of NBC News staffers lost their jobs over the edits, and Zimmerman’s legal team subsequently sued. The Atlantic Wire NAACP president Ben Jealous told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his team has been in contact with the attorney general’s office, but he doesn’t expect the Justice Department to act until the end of the any civil suits that result from George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. HuffPost Melissa Harris-Perry shared a very personal response to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, telling viewers that she felt “relief” at her ultrasound when she found out she was giving birth to a daughter instead of a son. HuffPost Gawker provoked a wide range of reactions after it posted a haunting, graphic image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body on Friday. The site used a huge picture of a screengrab from MSNBC, which fleetingly — and seemingly accidentally — showed Martin’s corpse as an image was being discussed during the Zimmerman trial. Gawker To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already. The Root And about the whole “this is what happens” bit: Have you been around for the past year? Spent any time on Twitter during the trial? It may come as a surprise, but people get that already. And just about anyone paying attention has shared your “good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead” for a while now. None of it — none of it at all — required a visual.

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Former LA Times Reporter Takes Dim View of Riots Anniversary

When Bill Boyarsky worked for the LA Times, he covered both the riots sparked by Rodney King and the trial of O.J. Simpson. In his latest column for truthdig.com, he considers the Trayvon Martin shooting and recent hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma within the 20th anniversary context of the 1992 riots.

His conclusions are not happy ones. Although he acknowledges there are differences between the decades-separated incidents, he argues that the U.S. racial divide remains as bad as ever. Boyarsky quotes some interesting data from Rand, Gallup and Loyola Marymount, while also pointing the finger at a layer that was absent during his LA Times days:

We thought communications were fast, but compared with today, news traveled slowly and rabble-rousing nuts didn’t have the Internet to spew their venom… With racist gunslingers inspired by their Facebook and Twitter “friends,” emboldened by permissive gun laws and hating the increasing racial diversity of America, nothing has changed.

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Fox Pulling Neighborhood Watch Movie Ads

Following the tragic murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Twentieth Century Fox are pulling the movie posters and trailer for their summer comedy Neighborhood Watch.

“We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” Fox said in a statement.

Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla.

Both the trailer and movie poster were created before last month’s shooting. In theaters July 27, the film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade.

The eXiled Gives a Preview of Its Media Transparency Project

The eXiled is on the verge of launching its new media transparency project, aimed at exposing the “conflicts-of-interest and corruption in the media and among our major ‘thought leaders’ and ‘independent voices.’” They’re calling the site S.H.A.M.E–Shame the Hacks who Abuse Media Ethics. The eXiled’s Yasha Levine put up a preview dossier of The Atlantic‘s resident Randian Meghan McArdle–who, incidentally, just got into a bizarre argument in the comment section of Julian Sanchez‘s blog, in which she essentially argued that prosecutors shouldn’t bring charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case because they might lose. Wouldn’t want to squander taxpayer money in pursuit of justice, now, would we?

Anyway, Levine claims he has the goods on dozens of prominent U.S. journalists who take money from various think tanks and corporate sponsors in exchange for slanted coverage. Can’t wait to see who makes the list. Although we have a few guesses who might be on there.

Funny or Die Mocks Geraldo Rivera’s Hoodie Remarks

The folks at Funny or Die wasted little time in mocking Geraldo Rivera for his controversial comments Friday morning on Fox and Friends regarding the tragic death of 17-year-old  Trayvon Martin.

Brilliant.