LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2013 — As the sensationalist American media obsesses over Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, some simple questions deserve to be asked.
Did either of these men that the media are determined to exploit for a race war ratings bonanza have any connections to al Qaeda?
Did either one ever have meetings with Osama bin Laden or any other al Qaeda affiliates at Guantanamo Bay? Have either one of them been connected to any terrorist sleeper cells?
Did either one of them play any role in 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing or any other attacks motivated by radical Islam?
Could either of them have shed any light on why Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were murdered at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya?
Did either one of them have any insights into how the protests against President Morsi will turn out in Egypt? Did these two men say whether they supported the Muslim Brotherhood?
Perhaps their significance is on the domestic side, since not everybody has foreign policy expertise.
Did either Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman ever say what their plan is to create more jobs and spur economic growth? Do they support the Paul Krugman Keynesian New York Times approach or the Steve Moore Wall Street Journal supply-side solution?
Did either Trayvon or Zimmerman have any key information on the White House AP scandal or Obam administration IRS abuses?
If by some sheer chance that the answer to every one of these questions is “no,” then only one other question truly remains.
Why is anybody in the media focusing on such absolute nonsense?
From Jody Arias to the Martin-Zimmerman trial, the American media has focused on complete and utter drivel while world financial systems are collapsing and Middle Eastern governments are exploding into flames. Media scavengers may desperately need ratings, but that does not excuse the American people from investing their energy in two men who should not be known to anybody outside of their immediate families.
Blacks kill blacks every week in Chicago. Whites have been known to commit evil acts against other whites. Yet somehow when two men of different races get in a street fight, this is considered more important than Syrian genocide and Iranian nuclear ambitions.
Will the Real Housewives of New Jersey be asked whether Trayvon or Zimmerman favored gay marriage? Do the ladies on The View know how Trayvon or Zimmerman felt Chief Justice John Roberts should rule on late-term abortions?
Did Zimmerman and Trayvon argue over whether or not Al Gore causes global warming? Or is climate change Paula Deen’s fault?
Zimmerman against Trayvon is about as vital to society as Coke against Pepsi, the Whopper against the Big Mac, and Leno against Letterman. People can choose sides with their opinions while still maintaining cognizance of the real world around them.
Vladimir Putin could shoot more schoolchildren with impunity provided he did it during the American Idol or Dancing with the Stars season finales. He is certainly helping prolong Syrian genocide while America focuses on some routine physical altercation.
When will the madness stop?
Both Zimmerman and Trayvon deserve justice. That can be done in a courtroom without cameras, reporters, armchair quarterbacks, and grievance mongers of all stripes possessing predetermined conclusions based on ingrained social and racial biases.
Time is finite. The War on Terror will never be won if America cannot even win the war against nonsense.
For those who forgot about the War on Terror, it began five years before the media stopped covering it to focus on Natalee Holloway. America was never at war with Aruba, which the media may have confused with Afghanistan.
Trayvon is dead, Zimmerman is on trial for killing him, and nobody but those two men knows what happened.
There. The entire trial has been summed up from opening statements through the eventual verdict.
Now can America’s long since discredited “news” industry please get back to anything that matters?
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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