So, George Zimmerman is acquitted. Wonderful.
I mean wonderful that the trial's finally fucking over, not that Zimmerman is off the hook. Why? Because now CNN, MSNBC and HLN can finally begin reporting the news again.
Yes, I know that Trayvon Martin's death was a watershed incident. Yes, I know that Florida jurors have sent the message that vigilante justice is now legitimized. And yes, I know that this could now incite a race war in the state of Florida and possibly elsewhere. But you know what? There are other news stories out there besides this!
The only news stories to break through the din of this trial, however briefly, were a plane crash and a derailed fuel train fire which wiped out half a whole town. And even then, the fuel train story went under-reported. Meanwhile, over two weeks' worth of news has been lost, unless CNN does a very lengthy segment called "While You Were Out" in which it finally covers all the news stories it neglected.
Fox News provided the only break, albeit temporarily. They too over-covered the story, even though they reported other news events once in a while. You'll never hear me say this very often, but here it is: Thank you, Fox News.
You would think MSNBC would take the hint and let CNN do all the over-covering of the story, but no. It's not enough to have one entire news network hobbled by this story, we have to have TWO entire news networks to cover ONE damned event!
Even the Superbowl isn't broadcast on two networks simultaneously!
Look, this was not the O.J. Simpson trial, here! And even if it was, it was only a fragment of what we needed to know about in order to stay informed as citizens! Sure, this was an important story, but important to the exclusion of everything else.
So, congratulations, Zimmerman, you are cleared. Jerk.
And congratulations to CNN and MSNBC for your unearned two week vacation. Now get back to work and do your job finally!