First CNN accidentally aired George Zimmerman's Social Security number and other personal info. Now MSNBC has mistakenly aired a photo of Trayvon's dead body after being shot, which was shown to the jury. Apparently there are no staff at either of these stations who have judgement and quick fingers to stop these things.
Gawker got a shot of the photo from a reader and has published it along with an angry missive. (warning: the photo is still up).
But those are rationalizations. They don't explain my motive: Good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead because my home state empowered a dullard aficionado of Van Damme and Seagal movie cliches to choose his own adventure. Florida literally gave George Zimmerman license to make up neighborhood threats and invite violent confrontations, confident in the knowledge that he carried more firepower jammed down his sweaty fat waistband than every army on earth beheld before 1415.And Free Republic thinks it might make people angry to see it. Hmm, can't imagine why that might happen. Why should a picture of a skinny helpless looking dead black kid make anyone angry?
Alternatively, if you're just not quite upset enough about Trayvon Martin's death and need an image to get yourself all pumped up, then, we suppose, go check out the photo of the 17-year-old's dead body splashed all over prime space on the site's home page right now.Following the trial I thought it was going poorly for the prosecution, but the media seems to think otherwise and is already in overdrive with their pre-rationalizations designed to rebut the guilty verdict they seem to see coming, arguing the trial should never even have taken place. Lowlife Geraldo Rivera, famous for his hoodie rationalizations, has now come out saying that any member on the jury would have shot Martin faster than Zimmerman did, and that racial politics is the only reason this supposedly weak case even went to trial.
(CNN) -- The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked "in a number of ways" by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.After an extremely brief introduction to the case, CNN 'reporter' George Howell starts out his exclusive interview with the question "When you look back, was there a lot of pressure on you to make an arrest"? giving Lee the opening he needs to explain how much undue pressure he was under in the case. (Nice touch CNN making a black man say these things). He continues "there was political pressure on one hand would you agree? There were outside influences on the other. Did you get a fair shake? " Wow! Great reporting there George, with the softball, leading questions!
Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, told CNN's George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.
"It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn't care if it got dismissed later," he said. "You don't do that."
When Sanford police arrived on the scene on February 26, 2012, after Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they conducted a "sound" investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene, he said.
Perhaps these two 'news' sources are correct after all and realize that the jury will understand that Trayvon Martin was shot in cold blood and convict.