Zimmerman Walks...Media Runs


The cable news nets spent much of Saturday tap dancing and filling time as a jury of 6 women decided the fate of George Zimmerman. 

In the end, they found him not guilty. 

When the verdict came down, the broadcast networks jumped into the coverage pool.  

Three of the major broadcast networks as well as the four major cable news networks all covered the George Zimmerman trial verdict Saturday night at about 10 p.m.

ABC cut into a 20/20 report with David Muir reporting the news, then continued with the Zimmerman case at 10:16 p.m. via its regular 20/20 episode. NBC briefly reported the news, pre-empting a portion of a repeat of "Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls" but returned to the reality show by a quarter after 10. CBS cut into a repeat of "48 Hours" but returned to the murder case it was originally recounting. Fox was airing a baseball game.

HLN has saturated coverage of the trial, as it did with Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. CNN has given it major coverage, including a 10 p.m. nightly special effectively competing with sister station HLN's "After Dark." MSNBC and Fox News were lighter overall in overseeing the case. 

The top trending topic on Twitter at 10:35 was #notguilty, followed by #Trayvon.

H/T Atlanta Journal Constitution