Overseas the Arab Spring is turning into the Arab Nightmare that everyone but the Obama administration always saw coming.
At home the Obama crew is fighting to socialize America's healthcare system, strangling the energy industry with new emissions regulations, and being exposed for ordering federal employees to spy on each other.
Meanwhile, what does our mainstream media deem the most compelling story of the day? The Zimmerman trial. 24/7. Yes sir, America.
Don't worry your little heads about the coming chaos in the Middle East. Or how the Obama administration's neutral position in the Egyptian coup is going to make it a virtual certainty Egypt will explode into a long and bloody religious civil war.
Never mind about revelations that the federal government has been merrily intercepting our email, scanning the envelopes of our snail mail, and collecting communications data traveling on our undersea cables.
And don't worry about the weekly slaughter of dozens of young blacks by other young blacks in the streets of Chicago.
The issue presented by the TV media is whether "white Hispanic" George Zimmerman killed a young black kid in self defense, as he claims, or whether he stalked and shot Trayvon Martin because he's a racist creep and a wanna-be cop.
The TV media never let evidence interfere with a good story. It doesn't even matter to them whether Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter or nothing at all.
The TV media quickly dispensed with the reality that Zimmerman is, in fact, Hispanic and thereby manufactured an ideal white-on-black crime to exploit. Producers stoked racial tensions with calls to usual suspects, Obama and Sharpton, to achieve the desired ratings.
Of course, the TV media — which has exaggerated the case far beyond its social or political importance — are saying they sure hope a not guilty verdict for Zimmerman doesn't incite riots in the streets.
If riots come, you can bet the TV media will be on hand en masse to fan the flames — and spike its ratings — as long as it can.
The Zimmerman trial has been covered to death by TV, but there's little about the trial that's important to us in the long run.
It's a tragic — and rare — case that has been cynically milked and exploited by TV and professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton.
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