Our political Quote of the Day comes from the ending of Kathleen Parker’s Washington Post column on George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin and the controversial verdict:

Instead, in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, feelings have been magnified and exploited by enablers — from certain members of the media, who seem more like rapacious rabble-rousers than journalists, to professional activists who, in fact, thrive on disorder.

This is a good time to recognize that activists with television shows are not, in fact, journalists. When Al Sharpton went to Florida to organize demands that Zimmerman be charged, he was acting as the civil rights activist he is, not as the broadcast journalist he plays on television. Now, as he proceeds to organize protests in 100 cities, he has a global bullhorn with which to sound his fury.

With such instigation, grass roots quickly erupt into wildfires. News organizations can’t ignore news, obviously, but which came first: The death threats? Or the TV correspondent speculating whether Zimmerman would need to fear for his life?

As soon as passions cool, assuming we let them, the discussion that needs to take place surrounds a question: What was George Zimmerman doing walking around his neighborhood armed and loaded? In what world is this normal behavior?

The answer: Not a world most of us want to live in. Let’s start there.

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JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
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  • ShannonLeee

    According to the jury, walking around the neighborhood with a loaded gun is considered having your “heart in the right place”. I do agree on the Sharpton point. He needs to let go of the protests and work on getting people motivated to vote, not loot, which happened in LA.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Leaving Sharpton, Parker, enablers, “certain members of the media,””rapacious rabble-rousers,” journalists, SYG, the court room, race, etc. out, this is my very personal (repeated) quote of the day — fort whatever it’s worth:

    Why should a kid — and Trayvon Martin was just a 17-year-old kid — not be able to walk the streets of his community in the U. S. of A., late at night, wearing a hoodie, eating his skittles, minding his own business, etc., etc. without being put in the situation of being followed and possibly confronted by a gun-toting, adult vigilante?

    A confrontation where the kid is shot in the heart.

    Now the kid is dead, the gun-toting vigilante is free and has been given back the very same gun he used to take a kid’s life.

    That’s all folks…

  • The_Ohioan

    I have not previously commented on this case because I know only a few facts and can imagine many scenarios from those few facts; some of which would make Mr. Zimmerman appear guilty of some kind of murder some of which would not. With conflicting testimony, and no video of the incident, only Mr. Zimmerman knows what happened. And whatever the truth is, he will have to live for the rest of his life with the fact that he killed a teenager. At least that does not seem to be in doubt; at least he accepts that responsibility and it is a heavy one.

    Ms. Parker is right, we don’t want to live in a world where anyone you meet in America could be carrying; your friend, your neighbor, anyone on the highways and byways. Now, not just black parents have to have “the talk” with their children, we all have to do that. And that is the tragedy of this incident and this nation.

  • dduck


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  • sheknows

    dd…LOL 🙂

    ShannonLee, I agree.

    Sharpton did a lot to bring this entire case to everyone’s attention, which in itself is a tragic statement in our society. Why wasn’t it automatically an issue when a child is gunned down in the name of suspicion!

  • I’m going to,say something that may make the journalists here wince:

    There are no more journalists on cable or broadcast TV, with the probable exception of PBS.

    You can’t be outraged at TV journalism because there is no such thing.

    TV news is nothing but agenda-pushing, ratings-chasing, dumbed-for-the-masses infotainment. So stop being outraged and shut the damned thing off.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    she knows, you said it well in perspective: “Why wasn’t it automatically an issue when a child is gunned down in the name of suspicion!”

  • KP

    Like Johnny Cash sang in 1958:

    Don’t take your guns to town son
    Leave your guns at home Bill
    Don’t take your guns to town

  • dduck

    “Why wasn’t it automatically an issue when a child is gunned down in the name of suspicion!” Substitute “droned” for gunned and ask same question.

  • sheknows

    Yes dd, we are all aware of the tragic situation regarding the 16 yr old in Yemen. We were however talking about Trayvon Martin in this case.

    We certainly do need to address this child killing with our government, but I shudder to think what a Florida jury would find to blame THIS 16 yr old child for. Maybe just because he was there? or because he had questionable relatives? Or he had a “ferrin soundin “name and was darker skinned?