Bill O’Reilly continues his examination of the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. Last night he began his show with the “battle of two network news divisions,” ABC and NBC, “covering the story in completely different ways.” He began with Matt Gutman‘s exclusive angle on the story on “GMA” Friday which showed the bloodied head of George Zimmerman, reportedly taken shortly after he shot Martin to death. O’Reilly:
ABC News has basically been reporting the Martin-Zimmerman case as a hard news story with little commentary attached to it while NBC News news has been doing the exact opposite. That operation is now invested in convicting George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon.
While for the most part praising ABC’s coverage, and vilifying NBC’s, (“through cable arm MSNBC,” said O’Reilly), the Fox News host cited a British law the allows judges to “prevent the press from reporting on criminal cases that go to trial if authorities believe that justice could be tainted by media expositions.” O’Reilly called ABC’s airing of the blooded Zimmerman photo “troubling.”
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