Anchorman Scott Pelley suggested that Republican Congressman Steve Scalise's gunshot wound that left him in critical condition was self inflicted.
I guess the media is only allowed to make these sort of implications so long as the person who was shot is black.Media: Martin Shooting Was "Self-Inflicted"by Benjy Sarlin and Aliyah Frumin of MSNBCJuly 19, 2013
A number of media personalities have vicariously described Trayvon Martin's death by gunshot as being self-inflicted, in that he invited trouble the night he was shot and killed by dressing like some sort of street criminal. Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera said Martin’s hoodie was "as much responsible"
for the teen’s death as Zimmerman was because Rivera believed it was associated with law-breaking young black men. Before Zimmerman's acquittal Rivera said “I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I?” on Fox and Friends
. “I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear. He was wearing the hoodie. Turns out now that we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police; he didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson said that Zimmerman was right to tail the “fully-formed young African-American male” the night he was killed because other criminals had been seen “wearing these hoods.” These sentiments have been offered in print as well, most recently in the Washington Post
, courtesy of Richard Cohen. In entertainment media, musician and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent declared in a column for conservative website Rare.us
that Martin was a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe” who was responsible for his own “bad decisions.”