With George Zimmerman's trial starting in Central Florida this week for the murder of Miami-area teen Trayvon Martin, the controversial case has rocketed back to the headlines. Fox News, however, appears to have taken a novel approach to its coverage of the tragedy, and recently invited a guest on who claims, "You could probably kill somebody with Skittles."
Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, grew suspicious of Martin as he was walking through the Stanford, Florida neighborhood where his father's girlfriend lived. Zimmerman followed Martin and eventually got into a confrontation with the teen. The exact details of what happened next are still under debate, but Zimmerman ended up fatally shooting Martin. Martin was carrying only a bag of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona iced tea.
Yesterday morning, Fox News invited on Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor, to discuss the case. He had a bizarre take on events.
"I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about the Skittles," Burns said, perhaps mocking those who use Skittles as a symbol of Martin's innocence. "You could probably kill somebody with a Skittle," he joked. Taking his idea one step further, Burns said, "The thing is, yeah, you're spinning a lot of hypotheticals, and you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it."
Of course, the thing is Martin had an aluminum can of Arizona iced tea.
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So that shoots down that argument.
The fact that someone can be so cynical and crack jokes on national television about the death of a 17-year-old boy is something we cannot explain. Dude, when even the Fox News anchor is arguing with your point of view, maybe it's time to shut it.