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Oprah Winfrey compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till -- VIDEO

On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was savagely beaten and shot through the head in Money, Mississippi, all for the crime of speaking to a 21-year-old white woman. After a widely covered trial, his murderers were acquitted — leading to national indignation and helping to catalyze the civil rights movement.

Though the specifics of each case are vastly different, it’s easy to compare Till’s murder and its aftermath to the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Oprah Winfrey did that very thing this morning in a brief clip shown on Today, calling the killings “parallel” — and adding, “In my mind, [they're the] same thing.”

At the same time, Winfrey — who stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film set partially during the height of the civil rights movement — was careful to say that those outraged by Martin’s death and George Zimmerman being found not guilty shouldn’t dwell in the past. “You can get stuck in that,” she said, “and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”

Trayvon Martin's parents speak out on multiple morning shows -- VIDEO

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time after George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was announced July 13. Trayvon Martin’s parents were somber and resigned in each appearance, repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict — and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.

Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”


Both 'Today' and 'Good Morning America' give tips for surviving a plane crash -- VIDEO

Aerophobes and high-fliers alike are feeling uneasy about air travel in light of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. Images of the plane’s burned-out corpse could chill even the most seasoned traveler, despite the fact that nearly every one of the flight’s 300+ passengers made it out alive. (Two Chinese teenagers, Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linja, were found dead on the tarmac.)

So, what should you do in the extremely unlikely event that you’re on a crashing plane? Today and Good Morning America each aired a few key tips on their shows this morning — and though these programs are arch rivals, their plane crash survival tips are actually remarkably similar. Both recommend knowing how close your seat is to the plane’s exit, as well as staying low in the event of smoke. Both are also careful to point out how anomalous Asiana 214′s crash was; statistically, you’ve actually got a better chance of perishing in a shark attack than a plane crash. (Odds of being killed by a shark are about one in 3.7 million, according to National Geographic; odds of being killed in a plane crash are one in 11 million, according to Discovery.)

Additionally Today suggests not trying to grab your bags as you exit the plane, while GMA tells passengers to be extra aware during the first three minutes and last eight minutes of the flight — 80 percent of air accidents happen during these windows.


Paula Deen defends herself in teary 'Today' interview -- VIDEO


After begging off from a planned appearance last week due to exhaustion — an excuse Matt Lauer and Al Roker accepted with a few suppressed eye-rolls — Paula Deen finally appeared on Today this morning, giving an emotional interview in which she vehemently denied being a racist.

Deen has been under fire since she admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed June 17; in light of her testimony, the celebrity chef has been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Foods. Her full, 13-minute interview with Lauer is below:


Matt Lauer to Jay Leno: 'I am not a guy who complains' -- VIDEO

There’s only one veteran TV personality who might really know what Matt Lauer’s been going through since Ann Curry’s dramatic ousting from the Today show: Jay Leno, who’s been the subject of vitriol and derision basically since the day NBC picked him to host Today‘s late-night counterpart. (The height of it probably came during the Great Conan Disaster of 2010, the sequel to Leno and David Letterman’s original Late Night Wars over who would replace Johnny Carson.)

It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Lauer and Leno are good pals — and it’s doubly unsurprising that when the former stopped by the latter’s show last night, their conversation barely touched upon the beating Lauer’s been taking since Curry got axed.


Martha Stewart's lost Match.com profile: Let's fill in the blanks

Bad news for men aged 65-80 in the New York metropolitan area: Though 71-year-old domestic goddess Martha Stewart apparently considered joining Match.com recently, she never fully took the plunge.

“I had a longtime boyfriend. That ended a couple of years ago. I haven’t found the next Mr. Right,” Stewart told Matt Lauer during a Today show interview that will air next week. “I was even thinking of going on Match.com!” Even more surprisingly, Stewart said that she wasn’t planning to use an alias or a misleading photo on the site — “I want to do my real thing,” she explained. Anyone else think this sounds like the premise of an upcoming Nancy Meyers movie? (Naturally, Martha’s played by Diane Keaton.)


Michael Jackson's doctor does 'Today Show' interview from prison -- VIDEO

Disgraced cardiologist Conrad Murray, who’s currently serving a four-year prison sentence for his involvement in the death of Michael Jackson, recently filed an appeal on his case, claiming that his trial was unfair, that its jury should have been sequestered, and that ultimately he “didn’t do anything wrong.” Murray hopes to get his conviction overturned, allowing him to regain the ability to practice medicine when he’s released — and to live as a regular person rather than as a convicted felon.

Murray called in to the Today show this morning to discuss his appeal with host Savannah Guthrie, as well as his attorney, Valerie Wass. He reiterated that he does not take “any responsibility as it relates to [Jackson's] death,” saying that while he was sorry to lose the singer “as a friend and as a patient,” he will not take the blame for “something I didn’t do.” At that, Guthrie pushed back, reminding Murray that he was the one who both prescribed and administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol — the drug on which Jackson overdosed. In response, Murray said that while he did leave the room Jackson was in when he died, he did not leave behind any Propofol for the musician’s use.

NBC News reports that Murray will most likely be released from Los Angeles’s Central Jail in the fall of 2013.

Do his arguments seem sound, or did Murray deserve his conviction? Watch the interview and judge for yourself.


Morning shows speak with Boston bombing survivors, highlight heroes -- VIDEO

As the search for answers in the Boston Marathon bombing continues, so does the extensive TV coverage. Here is a roundup of the reporting offered by the morning shows Tuesday.

Good Morning America: In Boston, George Stephanopoulos spoke with Bill Iffrig, the 78-year-old marathon runner who was knocked off his feet by the first blast. His fall was captured on video and has become one of the lasting images of the tragedy. Iffrig is fine and was helped across the finish line. READ FULL STORY

Who will replace Matt Lauer? Who cares!

The search for the next host of Today feels like a reality competition series—with the lowest stakes imaginable and a thankless grand prize.

Last week, as the Today show’s agonizingly slow (and publicly denied) effort to expel Matt Lauer from its eco-system blistered open with stories in New York magazine and The New York Times, an old joke about academia—or maybe morning shows—came to mind: “Why is the infighting so vicious? Because the stakes are so low.” I’m not talking about money: This is, in network-ese, a “day-part” in which salaries are measured in the millions, ratings twitches in the tens of millions, and annual revenue in the half-billion dollars that Today is said to bring NBC. But culturally, who is going to replace Matt Lauer no longer amounts to a hill of beans except to the people involved, and the slightly less than 2 percent of Americans who watch the show. This sort of changing of the guard is often described as a tectonic shift, but if so, it’s an earthquake that’s happening on a tiny planet populated by stick figures inside a snow globe. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown takes apology tour to 'Today': 'What I did was totally wrong' -- VIDEO

April 1 probably wasn’t the best choice of date for Chris Brown’s big Today mea culpa. Even so, the troubled singer opened up to Matt Lauer on this morning’s show, easily fielding questions about his volatile relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna and earnestly expressing how much he’s changed since his 2009 felony assault charge. (The windows in Today‘s dressing rooms must be breathing a sigh of relief.)

After a few cursory inquiries about Brown’s new album, X, Lauer got down to brass tacks. The anchor asked Brown to describe how he’s matured since entering the music industry as a teenager, and then made his own assessment: “The biggest difference I would note and tell our viewers about is right now, you are agreeing to sit down and talk about things that you hadn’t talked about over the last three years.”

Brown responded with a nod, a smile, and a monologue: “I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is. But most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal with myself and forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to Rihanna, and being able to be that man that can be a man, you know?” Later, Brown noted that he wants his music to “inspire the world” — and, more specifically, “people that have been in my situation.” I’m not even going to touch that one.


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