A bizarre conspiracy theory is making the right-wing rounds: that the Department of Justice (DOJ) organized protests over George Zimmerman receiving a not guilty verdict for 2nd degree murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin. The theory stems from the fact that DOJ officials were present at meetings of protest organizers in an effort to keep things peaceful. There wasn’t anything secret about what the DOJ was doing. They knew there were going to be protests over the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict and so they took some preemptive action.
If you spotted a scandal or conspiracy anywhere in that paragraph, then well, there you go: conspiracy achieved. If, however, that’s not good enough for you, and you are really hungry for a conspiracy that could somehow tie the George Zimmerman trial to Obama and his administration, you have to then take a giant leap: Judicial Watch claims, and Fox News is willing to put them on the air to repeat this, that the Department of Justice actually organized the Trayvon Martin protests. Apparently the Obama Administration was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough outrage over the verdict and so they had to step in to up their numbers.
Conspiracy theories have existed since shortly after human beings started speaking with grammar. In that way, this one about the DOJ and the Trayvon Martin protests after the George Zimmerman verdict is nothing new. The real outrage should be at Fox News for putting this on the air without substantially challenging it. It’s one more example of how Fox News lives in a murky area between news outlet and media wing of the Republican party.