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July 18, 2013

“Move On” from This Case…

Chris Cavey

The Martin/Zimmerman case is an excellent example of how the media controls the thought pattern of the American public. Unless you have been comatose the past week, you have heard everyone's opinion, analysis and comments. Well, here’s mine…


The death of any young man is sad – no matter the cause. I have had friends who have lost children and it affects the family forever. Guns, knives or other weapons do not cause the violence – it is the growing intolerance of citizens, the broad-based tolerance of our judicial system to criminals and the 24-hour news cycle filling otherwise dead air space.


U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R. MD 1st) was recently quoted telling the media to "Move on." He is right. This case has garnered more news time than the death of some past U.S. presidents. It has been made into a racial discussion and has become another log placed on the fire by the news media.


Think about it. Each day in America there are dozens of similar cases; yet this case dominates our airwaves. Everyone has either opined or been asked their opinion on the verdict. Few have been asked what can be done to keep this crime from re occurring.


According to the National Crime Information Center, Maryland is one of the top five states with the highest number of violent crimes per 100,000 population. We should be having a discussion about crime – especially after uncovering the criminal activities being conducted from our local prisons. Yet, gangs in prisons are not news.


Violent offenders are being thrown in jail everyday by judges and juries across America. However, I submit the punishments are not always life-changing deterrents for the criminal. In our gang laden prison system one could make the argument that jail time is just a form of "higher education" for the young up and coming criminal or "continuing education" for the repeat offender.


The revolving doors of our prisons also breeds intolerance and racial violence which leak back out onto our streets. The media again fuels the fire of this racial hate through reality shows and the constant chatter of the 24-hour news cycle.


There are at least six reality programs about prison life. You can watch men in prison, women in prison, locked-up abroad, violent prisons of Russia, etc., all of which are categorized as entertainment. Perhaps it is like slowing down to look at a car wreck; you don't want to look, but you just have to see. Regardless, we are told it is entertainment. We need to stop blurring the lines between real-life and entertainment.


We need to have confidence in our due process of law. No matter the flaws in our judicial system compared to other countries, it is the best – for everyone. The process may be long and complex; and perhaps filled with too many attorneys, but it is fair, balanced and filled with seemingly endless appeal opportunities. Those who protest the system, with violence in the streets, due to disagreement of a single verdict are only criminals themselves.


It is time for the news media to "move on." It is impossible to believe that on all of Planet Earth there is so little news that 50 percent of every hour has to be filled with the regurgitation of the Martin/Zimmerman case. Perhaps it is because the only other big story was Obamacare – and the complexities of that program are truly too difficult to explain.


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