The silence of Fox News is also deafening in another way:Â The fact that this network is missing an opportunity to defend the National Rifle Association, to smear a young black male or to inaccurately portray groups of protesters as lawless thugs says that even the decision-makers at Fox News understand that this is a grave injustice. Â At the very least, one might expect a set of snotty remarks from Bill Oâ€™Reilly, or some kind of criticism of President Obama for allowing the Justice Department to become involved.Â But so far weâ€™ve heard absolutely nothing from the network that loves to run its mouth so much.
Fox might defend even the worst conservatives, tell the biggest lies, and attack any black person for no good reason.Â But in the case of Trayvon Martin, they are simply deciding to choose their battles.Â They know that they canâ€™t win on this one, and appear to be making the decision to stand down. Â The decision is a good one, since the Trayvon Martin killing is a trump card against anyone who acts as if racial injustice is the non-existent boogeyman of America. Â There is no way anyone with any degree of decency can defend what happened to Martin on the night that he was killed.
Iâ€™m sure Fox will just jump all over the next one.