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On March 26, for example, MSNBC carried 14 minutes of a mid-afternoon news conference by Martin’s parents live and uninterrupted by commercials, the project said. CNN aired the news conference for a little more than five minutes. Fox didn’t mention the story at all in that hour, the Excellence Project reported.

The topics that drew the most attention about the case on MSNBC concerned gun control and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the project said. On Fox, the most time spent was on Martin’s background and statements in defense of Zimmerman.

With Zimmerman’s arrest on Wednesday, Fox aired a lengthy live segment of a news conference held by the defendant’s new lawyer shortly after 7 p.m. ET. At the same time, MSNBC showed Sharpton interviewing Martin’s parents.


Associated Press writers Kyle Hightower in Sanford, Fla., and Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee contributed to this report.