Poll: Public interest in Zimmerman trial 'modest'

Thomas Lifson
Can we admit that the Zimmerman trial was a media event foisted on the public? Despite constant flogging in the media and race grievance industry, the public just isn't that interested in the George Zimmerman trial. So say the folks at Pew:

The final days of the trial of George Zimmerman, which concluded July 13 with a verdict of not guilty, attracted relatively modest public interest overall. In a weekend survey, 26% say they were following news about the trial very closely.

This is lower than interest in the initial controversy over Trayvon Martin's shooting when it erupted last year. In March 2012, 35% said they followed news about Martin's shooting very closely.


Viewers were bored, turned off, or just convinced this was a nothingburger hyped up for political and commercial reasons.

The entire public narrative of Trayvon Martin, angelic child with candy gunned down by racist white-enough guy has been manufactured, and it appears a segment of the public has caught on and declines to participate in the national psychodrama. But one segment of the public engaged more than others:

...the story has consistently attracted far more interest among blacks than whites - and that remained the case in the trial's final days. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to say they tracked news about the Zimmerman trial very closely (56% vs. 20%).

Moreover, fully 67% of blacks say they watched at least some live coverage of the Zimmerman trial, compared with 38% of whites. About one-in-five blacks (21%) say they watched "almost all'' of the trial coverage; just 5% of whites reported watching almost all of it.

So the target audience has been reached. Those Department of Justice agents who went down to Florida to stir-up protests to pressure local officials to fire the chief of police and get a special prosecutor weren't wasting their time. And the follow-up efforts to gin up black outrage with demonstrations are continuing, if not exactly spreading like wildfire. The first demonstration after the verdict came in Oakland, where 150 people can be turned out at short notice to build bonfires, smash store windows and protest any given issue for the cameras. Al Sharpton, with blood on his hands from Freddie's Fashion Mart, is vectoring toward an encore.

Can we admit that the Zimmerman trial was a media event foisted on the public? Despite constant flogging in the media and race grievance industry, the public just isn't that interested in the George Zimmerman trial. So say the folks at Pew:

The final days of the trial of George Zimmerman, which concluded July 13 with a verdict of not guilty, attracted relatively modest public interest overall. In a weekend survey, 26% say they were following news about the trial very closely.

This is lower than interest in the initial controversy over Trayvon Martin's shooting when it erupted last year. In March 2012, 35% said they followed news about Martin's shooting very closely.


Viewers were bored, turned off, or just convinced this was a nothingburger hyped up for political and commercial reasons.

The entire public narrative of Trayvon Martin, angelic child with candy gunned down by racist white-enough guy has been manufactured, and it appears a segment of the public has caught on and declines to participate in the national psychodrama. But one segment of the public engaged more than others:

...the story has consistently attracted far more interest among blacks than whites - and that remained the case in the trial's final days. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to say they tracked news about the Zimmerman trial very closely (56% vs. 20%).

Moreover, fully 67% of blacks say they watched at least some live coverage of the Zimmerman trial, compared with 38% of whites. About one-in-five blacks (21%) say they watched "almost all'' of the trial coverage; just 5% of whites reported watching almost all of it.

So the target audience has been reached. Those Department of Justice agents who went down to Florida to stir-up protests to pressure local officials to fire the chief of police and get a special prosecutor weren't wasting their time. And the follow-up efforts to gin up black outrage with demonstrations are continuing, if not exactly spreading like wildfire. The first demonstration after the verdict came in Oakland, where 150 people can be turned out at short notice to build bonfires, smash store windows and protest any given issue for the cameras. Al Sharpton, with blood on his hands from Freddie's Fashion Mart, is vectoring toward an encore.