What Comes Next: Media Coverage of the George Floyd Murder

As the protests against the police murder of George Floyd escalated into the weekend of May 30th, the media coverage has predictably been of mixed quality. Appalling headlines, such as this one by the Minneapolis Star Tribune show one appalling side of journalistic coverage — engaging in race baiting headlines to generate clicks & to further a segment of public opinion that wants to see the protesters as rabid, hysterical animals.

Other takes have been more progressive and fair, stating plainly the political stakes of black…