The case is now worldwide because of President Obama who said this.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My main message is... is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son he would look like Trayvon. And you know, I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
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O'REILLY: Well, upon hearing that Newt Gingrich strongly objected.
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NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: What the President said is essentially disgraceful. It's not a question of who the young looked like, any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be ok because it wouldn't look like him? That's just nonsense.
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O'REILLY: Now "Talking Points" does not believe President Obama was suggesting that at all. He was just expressing outrage in very personal terms; as the leader of the country the President is entitled to do that.
However, he should be very cautious. He referenced Trayvon in a "son" context but today the Associated Press is reporting the teenager was suspended from school for drug activity.
Beyond a doubt, this is one big mess. And again, fair-minded people should not be rushing to judgment. Apparently there are two sides to the story even though circumstantial evidence indicates a deadly confrontation did not have to happen.
But news agencies have a responsibility, morally and professionally to practice restraint in situations like this one. Jacking up ratings is one thing but putting people in physical danger is quite something else.
And the lunatic Black Panther Party is out for blood. They don't care what really happened. And they are being prodded, prodded by powerful news organizations. That's disgraceful and should never happen.
"The Factor" will continue to cover this story responsibly, honestly, and we will, we will find out what exactly happened. That's what we did in the Duke case. And that's what we'll do here because that's what fair and balance is all about.
And that's "The Memo."
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