While listening to the Thom Hartmann show, I heard three conservative callers trying to create a false equivalence between Trayvon Martin's murder, and a horrific assault by two black youths on a thirteen year old white boy in Kansas City. While the Kansas City assault is horrible, there is no real comparison between the two incidents. The murderer of Trayvon Martin is known to the police, and remains unincarcerated, while the Kansas City police are investigating the assault on the Kansas City boy.
The reason why the killing of Trayvon Martin became a national news story is because the police have done nothing to investigate his murder. Furthermore, the reason why the murder has remained uninvestigated is because a psychotic law pretty much gives the okay to homicide in Florida and other states.
The sad fact is that murders occur every day in These United States. It is likely that the killing of Trayvon Martin would have remained a local story if George Zimmerman had been arrested. If the police had refused to investigate the Kansas City assault on a white teen, a comparison could be made between media coverage of the two incidents.
Just like The Right's attempt to draw a comparison between Ed Schultz's stupid and ill-conceived use of sexist slur against right-wing personality Laura Ingraham (for which he was rightfully suspended) with Rush Limbaugh's three day sexist rant against Sandra Fluke, the comparison between the Martin case and the Kansas City case is a stretch. I hope they catch the individuals who assaulted the boy in Kansas City, just like I hope George Zimmerman faces justice, and I can't think of any liberal in my circle of friends who wouldn't agree with me. The Right's attempt to draw a parallel is yet another bullshit attempt to play the hackneyed "Both Sides Do It" game.