“Halleljuah!” Is how conservative commentator Ann Coulter responded to the news of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial this weekend. Unlike Coulter, I can’t find the news of a man who killed an unarmed teenager being allowed back on the streets as an excuse to stop by Party City and pick up a piñata.
Where Coulter stops short of attacking Trayvon Martin, Fox News Radio’s John Gibson picks up the torch and carries it to the finish line.
In a piece posted today on the Fox News site titled Trayvon Was Not Innocent, Gibson portrays Zimmerman as a victim, while Trayvon is presented as a thug who created the circumstances that led to his own death.
Conservative commentators like Gibson have attempted to repaint the image of Trayvon Martin yet again.
We already experienced this last March when conservative blogger Michelle Malkin’s site Twitchy posted this image of a young man they claimed to be Martin.
Of course, this wasn’t the same Trayvon Martin that was killed walking to the house of his father’s fiancee. More than a year since this photo was debunked, I saw it posted on a conservative site as recently as Sunday night, still being passed off as the deceased Martin.
If you were to take one look at Malkin’s own Facebook page today, the lack of empathy is astounding. Malkin has multiple posts linking to Twitchy “articles” criticizing black artists for sharing their disappointment and frustration with Saturday’s verdict.
What is really disturbing about pieces like Gibson’s is that Martin is still portrayed as a criminal when he has no criminal record. The same can’t be said of Zimmerman.
In Gibson’s piece, you will not find a single mention of Zimmerman’s 2005 July arrest for “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer.” The charges were eventually reduced to “resisting officer without violence.”
Gibson also fails to mention Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo’s restraining order against him, which happened just one month after the incident with law enforcement. Stemming from an allegation of domestic violence, the court granted Ms. Zuazo the order.
Gibson is clearly only interested in his version of Martin. Dealing in absolutes, The Fox News Radio host makes such statements as “Trayvon liked to fight,” a claim that can’t be confirmed by Gibson.
NRA board member and all-around asshole Ted Nugent, rewrote history when discussing the Martin tragedy. Nugent writes: “Based on all evidence available to them, the professional law enforcement officers did not hold George Zimmerman on charges later that night. They saw it for what it was: cut and dried self-defense.”
Chris Serino, the lead investigator of the case, wanted Zimmerman charged with manslaughter from the beginning.
The Motor City Madman also fails to understand how Florida’s “stand your ground” law works. The law requires police gather adequate evidence to refute the self-defense claim before they can arrest an individual claiming self-defense.
Nugent’s piece is so full of shit you could use it for fertilizer.
Zimmerman followed Martin (against 911 dispatcher orders) based on a misconception. He referred to Trayvon only as the “suspect” in his post-shooting police statement. Due to the facts, we know Trayvon wasn’t a suspect to any case. He was just an African American kid walking home wearing a hoodie to shield himself from the rain. However, the facts have not prevented commentators like John Gibson or Ted Nugent from doubling down on Zimmerman’s deadly mistake.
It’s one thing to cover a verdict it’s another to drag a dead kid’s name through the mud… again.