National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre accused the news media of engaging in sensationalized coverage of Florida’s Trayvon Martin killing, the New York Times reports. Speaking at the NRA annual convention in St. Louis, LaPierre said, “In the aftermath of one of Florida’s many daily tragedies, my phone has been ringing off the hook.” He criticized news organizations for singling out one killing and ignoring many other violent crimes that happen every day in the U.S.
“You manufacture controversy for ratings,” he said. “You don't care about the truth, and the truth is the national news media in this country is a national disgrace, and you all know it.” He added, “By the time I finish this speech, 2 Americans will be slain, 6 women will be raped, 27 of us will be robbed, and 50 more will be beaten. That's the harsh reality we face, all of us, every single day. But the media, they don't care. Everyday victims aren't celebrities. They don't draw ratings, don't draw sponsors. But sensational reporting from Florida does.” He would not comment on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case in detail.