When you heard the news that Zimmerman was not guilty late Saturday night, were you surprised?
I was. The day’s news that the jury had requested information on manslaughter seemed a bad indicator for George Zimmerman. If you listened to any of the talking heads they were clucking about it and figuratively shaking their heads.
Most of the coverage, except for some at Fox, was pro Trayvon Martin. MSNBC, CNN, the alphabets; they did everything they could to sway public opinion. A few days after the event, AP described Zimmerman as “white.” NBC even fiddled with his 911 call to police, “misediting” it. The Sanford police had not charged Zimmerman, but that didn’t stop the president of the United States weighing in, saying if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.
ABC picked up the narrative, claiming Trayvon was shot “because he was black.” Reporter Matt Gutman accused Zimmerman of “stalking” Trayvon and that lie has fed and nourished many in the black community. CNN took it further when they claimed Zimmerman called Trayvon “a f–king coon.” He didn’t. Chris Matthews contradicted the report that Zimmerman had suffered any injuries during the scuffle. And CNN even published Zimmerman’s social security number, address and phone number.
Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the rest of the hateful race baiters had full access to MSNBC to bash Zimmerman daily. The New York Times invented a new race category: white Hispanic to emphasize the difference between Zimmerman and Martin and hoping to make it racial. When the prosecution’s case seemed to collapse, was it the MSM that suggested they bring up a last ditch try for manslaughter?
Could they have been any more biased? It’s hard to imagine it.
Realists waiting for the verdict had to face the idea that even though there was no evidence to convict Zimmerman, the odds were stacked against him.
Fortunately, truth triumphed and the MSM didn’t.
Will that stop them from trying in the future? No. Expect them to redouble their efforts, especially against Republicans with the midterms approaching.
Maybe this time, though, their efforts will fail. Maybe citizens are beginning to look past what the MSM says. Maybe this verdict shows their impotence. Maybe there’s now a glimmer of hope.