On his radio show this Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh criticized the media for trying to do to Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “what they did to Trayvon Martin,” claiming that showing images of Tsarnaev when he was a young boy is an effort to paint a picture of him as a “normal” or “mixed-up kid,” rather than a terrorist who has committed murder.
“The news media are doing to Dzhokhar what they did to Trayvon Martin,” Limbaugh said. “They’re regularly showing a photo of Dzhokhar that was taken when he was about 14 — soft, angelic, nice little boy — harmless, cute, big, loveable eyes.”
“Not at all what he looks like today,” Limbaugh went on to say. “The way — when we’re shown Osama bin Laden, it’s in his shepherd pose with his walking stick, walking through the mountains or whatever.”
Seemingly comparing the dark personas of the Boston bombers to Trayvon Martin — a boy who was confronted by vigilante-prone neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman, who then shot Martin to death under unclear circumstances, Limbaugh said that the media is intentionally presenting Tsarnaev as somewhat of a victim in the case.
“Why do we do this?” Limbaugh asked incredulously. “Why do we take what we know is truth and reality and try to hide from it?”
Although much still is not known about the confrontation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, it’s widely accepted that he was going about his own business the night he was killed, and only engaged with Zimmerman after he was confronted.
Listen to Limbaugh’s comments in the audio below.