Media Failure: All Know Trayvon Martin, But College Students Never Heard of the Christopher Lane Murder

-By Warner Todd Huston

This video is very, very telling. Campus Reform went to a college campus and asked if students felt that the shooting of Trayvon Martin got all the media attention it deserved. But when Campus Reform asked the same kids about the race-driven murder of Christopher Lane, the white Australian baseball player, not a one of them had ever heard of the case.

Very telling, indeed.

One student even claimed that “anytime a 17-year-old gets killed” it should get national attention. And yet, this kid felt he knew all about the Trayvon Martin story but didn’t know a thing about teenager Christopher Lane being murdered by two black kids.

But some of these kids had the right idea about why they hadn’t heard of the Lane case. The media failed them. Some also scolded President Obama for having jumped in with his thoughts on the Martin case in the first place. Obama should have stayed out of it, they felt.

So, not all is lost with these somewhat clueless kids.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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