The NY Times delivered a comprehensive study of the Trayvon Martin killing on Monday as well as two columns. Since then, it has been silent - the Dead Tree editions for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday have no stories. The website shows a few stray wire service stories but nothing with a Times byline (I exclude the Bruce Springsteen review).
However, in a rare "MinuteMan Gets Results" moment, I see some corrections have been appended to stories by Lizette Alvarez that I squawked about yesterday and Monday. Presumably its a coincidence but if not, all credit to Glenn and the motivated readers here. Meanwhile, that still leaves Charles Blow on deck.
As to the Quiet Times, maybe there just hasn't been any news? Well, the LA Times has a think piece, a 'media perspective' think piece, a report that Zimmerman has a new lawyer, coverage of enhancement experts seeing a head wound and hearing a racial slur (or not), another report on Zimmerman's possible wounds, and some "Enough, already" poll results showing Republicans and whites (but not NY Times readers!) have read enough. But could public interestreally be exhausted? Even PEOPLE magazine found time for a Trayvon cover and some misreporting.
At the Washington Post I find lots of blog activity and a bylined news story about another call to bring in the Feds.
Amidst their coverage CNN brought some legal and technical talent to bear on the audio forensic experts claiming (implausibly) they can rule out a match between the screams for help heard in the background of a 911 call to George Zimmerman's voice. Since there was a conference of voice matching experts in New York City this week, it might have been opportune for the Times to send a reporter over.
Instead, we have an eerie silence.
The Times is far too large an institution for me to put them on the couch. Why might they have walked away from this? Maybe they don't want to be Al Sharpton's water carriers yet again? Maybe they are troubled that responsible new coverage will clash with their credulous old coverage and embarrass Lizette Alvarez and Charles Blow. Beats me. Just today the Times has finally appended a correction to her mis-reporting of the frequency of Zimmerman's 911 calls, so we see progress. Per Times normal procedure she will get a pass for lapping up the Martin family attorney's version of two gunshots on March 16 because they later correctly re-reported one gunshot. Same with Zimmerman's weight, although Charles Blow is on the hook there.
But maybe Times Public Apologist Arthur Brisbane has some thoughts about the dead air - you could ask him.