Tampa Bay Times’ Zimmerman tweet asks ‘whether the dead boy deserved it’

Quotation marks or not, more than a few followers of the Tampa Bay Times found the paper’s tweet promoting its article wrapping up the George Zimmerman trial unnecessarily provocative. Did the dead boy “deserve it”? We can only hope that’s not at all what the jury is currently deliberating, or there really is no justice.

The article itself helpfully differentiates between the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter that Zimmerman faces, and conviction on either charge (or acquittal) certainly won’t prove that Trayvon Martin “deserved” to be fatally shot. The Times defended its tweet, describing the quotation as “powerful.”

It’s powerful, all right. But accurate?

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