Thursday, August 1, 2013

George Zimmerman fiasco

I am stunned this morning watching NBC "Today" show seeing the in-depth report of George Zimmerman being pulled over for speeding in Texas.

Almost every word spoken between Zimmerman and the police officer is noted in the report, and the network goes out of its way to say that Zimmerman had a gun in the glove box of his vehicle.

Here's the thing.  Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.  He has a right to carry a firearm.  He has a weapons permit to do so.  Everything was legal.

Zimmerman even did it like you are supposed to.  If you have a concealed weapons permit and you have a weapon with you, and a police officer approaches you, it is your duty to tell him/her immediately that you have a weapon and you have a permit to carry it.

So, what is the big deal here?  It is like I would have been stopped and had my weapon in the glove compartment and told the officer.  And I got a warning for speeding.  Am I going to be on national news???

I think not.

Zimmerman being stopped for speeding is NOT a news story, not even for a local station let alone a network.  The news WAS that he was found not guilty of criminal charges. There is no news worthy info about him unless he is charged with other crimes or commits some other hot-topic act.

Zimmerman may have been in a high-profile crime case, but his acquittal makes him a private citizen again. Just like you and I.

This is a prime, outstanding example of how the news media can target and harass a person to stress a point it wants to make.  Oh, now what a minute, doesn't that constitute an opinion rather than actual news?

I am tired of being force-fed by a news media whose executives have decided to use anyone they can to promote an anti-gun, hyped-up racist agenda among the public.

C'mon, news people.  Do the news, and mark opinions as opinions. There's plenty of nasty actual news that affects us around, especially in the corruption-infested capital of Washington D.C.