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?

https://twitter.com/laureltatham/status/356045772590022656

https://twitter.com/hughmongo2009/status/356087531336511489

  • The Penguin

    That’s it media…light that fuse.

  • Jennifer

    It’s a tragedy that our media outlets have become not only willfully, but practically gleefully, irresponsible.

    • Finrod Felagund

      No kidding. And here I thought that the media couldn’t get any more obviously biased than they already were.

    • LegalizeShemp

      True, gleefully inflammatory, inaccurate and reckless also

  • Cae

    TB Times Editors blame rogue employees in Ohio for the headline.

    • Clayton B

      . . . intern . . .

  • IBXNJ

    So, is this what passes for “objective”???

  • TJ

    They are just covering so that the mob does not torch their offices when they go by with the TVs and shoes. They still would put up the plywood so they don’t have to buy new glass but then also put a #justicefortrayvon poster up to show solidarity.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    Just more proof that the media actually WANT to start riots.

    • austin_millbarge

      serves a two (2) fold purpose: 1. riots make sensational news; 2. allows for more human interest stories (from a black perspective).

    • Tom Chipp

      Riots give us news, news sells papers. Nuff said.

  • Republicanvet

    When will that rag run a story with the opposite…did GZ deserve to die by getting his head smashed against a sidewalk? At what point would Martin have stopped?

  • Marvin Nelson

    I would not wrap my fish in the Tampa Bay Times nor use it to line a bird cage. What an insult to “real journalism,” if such a thing even exists any more.

  • CatHerder

    Does the term ‘loaded phrase’ ring a bell at all?

    • $30423294

      It’s not so much a loaded phrase, as it is an…

      Assault Headline

  • Frank Drebin

    “Powerful” sensationalism. In the lurid style of supermarket tabloids.

  • Frank Drebin

    “Powerful” sensationalism. In the lurid style of supermarket tabloids.

  • IBXNJ

    Objectivity from the Tampa Bay Times is damn near non existent….

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They admit that it’s about power to them. No pretense of objectivity.

  • IBXNJ

    Objectivity from the Tampa Bay Times is damn near non existent….

  • Tim jones
    • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

      Shame on Obama for posting that.

  • LegalizeShemp

    When will it get thru liberals’s thick skulls that deadly force can be used against assaults that could lead to death or great bodily harm?

    • Brad Donald

      And the BODILY harm part threshold was already passed.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It was not an execution. No, the jury is not supposed to be deciding what Martin “deserved.”

    “Social justice” ideology has nearly destroyed the brains of so many people.

    • $30423294

      In the educated days, justice meant that a person was entitled to their due.

      Today it means give me free sh*t or I’ll mess you up.

      History will condemn this generation. It will be brutal.

      Be sure to thank a baby boomer, won’t you?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Social justice” is an emotional appeal to strive for “class equality” and it’s obviously based on collectivism. It’s totally in conflict with everything that made America unique successful.

        The hippies were and are just a bunch of Soviet dupes. They still haven’t figured it out.

      • R0nin

        Can’t really blame the “boomers”. Not all of them are Leftists, which is where the blame actually belongs.

      • R0nin

        Can’t really blame the “boomers”. Not all of them are Leftists, which is where the blame actually belongs.

    • AceTrace

      “Social justice” ideology has nearly destroyed the brains of so many people.

      Marxism. It’s rotten to the core and deadly.

    • Seerak

      “When the Left seeks to obliterate the meaning of a term, they append the adjective “social” to it.”

      Thomas Sowell (I think)

  • Guest

    Innocent “child” waylaid and shot indiscriminately, without any provocation.
    THAT is the allegation of the State (Obama)…and Zimmerman’s injuries were self-inflicted, presumably.

  • Kevin

    Did he DESERVE to die? No. Does that automatically make Zimmerman guilty of 2nd degree? No.

  • DefCon99

    Maybe it was an intern

  • Lady 12

    Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY! Praise The Lord!

  • Lady 12

    Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY! Praise The Lord!

  • porgiefirefighter

    Pure irresponsible bias. Yet another flaming editorial staff that needs to be taken out behind the barn and put out of their misery.

  • tessaprn

    We possess the most irresponsible media and press in the entire world!! Such a sorry bunch of so called journalists and newscasters that have ever spoke or wrote a single word.

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    That paper , soon to go in the trash bin , where it belongs.

  • Seerak

    “The Times defended its tweet, describing the quotation as “powerful.””

    Rather like a sucker punch to the nose.

  • rickg62

    The Tampa Bay Times was formerly the St. Pete Times. We lived in the area for over sixteen years and from around the time of the first Gulf war it was known as “Pravda on the Gulf”. Great sports section, but one of the farthest left papers in the country.

  • Mack

    I think what OBAMA is trying to get across to everyone is that they were both wrong. Violence is wrong and so is guns. And until you guys see that they both were wrong, ill sit here and watch you guys bicker and bash each other all night and laugh while you guys waste your time and make your selves look like clowns. LOL.. THEY BOTH WERE WRONG. VILOENCE IS NOT GOOD AND THEY BOTH USED VIOLENCE!!!!!!