The George Zimmerman Story
Here's a story the Reuter's folks put together that tells more than just a bit about George Zimmerman, the guy involved in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I agree with Radley Balko that it's long past time the story should have been told.
I'd like to say we should be appalled at the way media manipulated this story, but it's probably more the rule than the exception. It was surprising to me that the news editor who (deliberately, in my opinion) edited a prior 911 call by Zimmerman got fired. That editing making it look like Zimmerman was the one that brought up a suspicious person's race first.
There's probably more fire with that smoke. I was listening to National Public Radio last night. I forget the show but they were interviewing some guy about the Zimmerman case. He pointed out the editing I mention above, then mentioned something about the 911 call the night of the killing. He said, If I recall correctly, that when the dispatcher suggested Zimmerman not pursue Martin, Zimmerman replied, "OK".
I believe that's the first time I heard that. Unless I missed it, most news reports have been saying he ignored the dispatcher and continued following Martin. Even the Reuters story I linked to above suggests Zimmerman ignored the dispatchers. I don't recall hearing anywhere that he replied "Ok", until today. Doing a quick net search I found at least a couple other references to Zimmerman saying "Ok".
I might be going out on a limb here, but seems to me omissions like that- if deliberate- should be considered criminal.
Lastly, I found once again a blurb about there being a witness that claims he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Martin on top of him. I've heard that at least three times but can't pin down an official source. Could be a hoax, but I wonder if that's true?
We'll have to wait and see what turns up in the trial. Until then, the lesson to be learned is don't go flying off the handle over things you read in the news.
Addendum: One of the best comments I've ever read on any blog, but this one happens to be from Radley Balko's blog and about the Zimmerman case.