Matt Lauer Acts Smug While Interviewing Trayvon Martin’s Parents

Julie Gerstein / July 18, 2013

I never thought I would agree with Tom Cruise about anything, but dammit if Matt Lauer isn’t the smuggest, most terrible interviewer. On Thursday’s “Today Show,” Matt Lauer interviewed Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. The interview starts out okay, and then Matt Lauer can’t contain his Matt Lauer-ness anymore. Of the jury, he says, “Do you have anything to say to the jurors — obviously they tried their hardest.” Because obviously Matt Lauer is omnipotent and knows. He then goes on to talk about all the violence that’s occurred at Justice For Trayvon rallies (all the while “The Today Show” is airing clips of violent scenes that are in no way representative of 99 percent of the rallies that actually took place and fails to mention how the police were complicit in what violence did occur).

At one point in the interview, Lauer says, “George Zimmerman’s attorneys say he’s facing death threats, he’s in hiding. some are comparing his situation to Casey Anthony … who’s living in hiding and is an outcast. Do you think that’s what the system intends for someone who was acquitted of charges like these?” Essentially, Matt Lauer is asking Trayvon Martin’s parents if they think it’s fair that Zimmerman’s life has been so upturned by this trial. Oh, I don’t know. Let’s ask the people whose kid was shot by the man. Let’s ask them if that’s fair. With all the class and grace in the world, Sybrina Fulton responds, “We don’t know about that, but we do know about the victims. We sit in the victim’s seat. So was this the intent for the justice system to have for victims? It’s sending a terrible message to little black and brown boys that you can’t walk fast, you can’t walk slow, so what do they do?” [MSNBC]