George Zimmerman can’t stop getting into trouble. The 31-year-old was arrested in Florida this week on charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence before being released on $5,000 bond. The incident, according to Zimmerman’s lawyer, involved him throwing a bottle of wine at his girlfriend. He has been ordered to surrender his firearms and stay away from the victim. He will find out on February 17th whether or not he will face further prosecution.
Zimmerman has been involved in several sketchy incidents since he became a household name in 2012, all of them involving the women in his life. To say that he is a man with a short fuse would be fair, although few would dispute that he had his life veritably ruined by the charges – both legally and publicly – stemming from the original incident with Trayvon Martin. Anyone with a measure of empathy can take a step back and see for themselves how difficult the man’s life must be while trying to recover from being America’s Bad Guy.
What’s really interesting is how he is being described by the media. In many of the reports about the arrest, he is introduced as “George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws…” Seriously? They’re still running with the “unarmed black teen” descriptor for Martin? They’re calling the incident out as murder? I guess once you’ve been convicted in the press, the findings of a jury don’t really matter. Well, as if we needed more proof.
I’m not saying the man should be glorified or held up as some kind of hero. I still think he could have made better decisions that fateful night when Martin met his end. But from all of the available evidence, he did not commit murder. Much like Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, he defended himself from attack. But in both cases, all the media wants us to hear are those three magic words: unarmed black teen.
Somewhere along the line, reporters and liberal politicians got it in their head that facts were secondary to a good story. If they see any opportunity whatsoever to champion a so-called “social justice” cause, they’re going to do it. They are like the nation’s drama queens, reading sinister motivations into straightforward events so they can sell a newspaper or two. The politicians jump on it because they know they can shore up another black voter or two by telling them what they want to hear.
There’s no excuse for what we’ve let happen to the media in this country. Unbiased reporting forms the foundation of our protections against tyranny. It keeps the government honest. It keeps the voting populace informed. Our country’s news organizations are meant to report the facts, not make them up. While it’s true that there’s no such thing as truly unbiased reporting, the sorry state of affairs we have now isn’t even in the ballpark.