What a coincidence that the very next day after George Zimmerman’s father went on television blasting President Obama’s behavior over the Trayvon Martin shooting, he got a sympathetic profile on Fox News! Somehow that profile also overlooked key discrepancies in Robert Zimmerman’s story and also edited out some of Zimmerman’s less appealing comments.
Let me say that my heart goes out to Mr. Zimmerman. He must be going through an awful agony that is compounded by public antipathy toward his son and probably the rest of the family, too. So I can also understand the difficulties that Fox reporter Valerie Boey faced in interviewing him.
But is that really an excuse for Boey not pointing out at some point – either during or after the interview – that when Robert Zimmerman said he didn’t believe Trayvon had been on a cell phone call right before getting shot that phone logs have shown that he was? Or that when Zimmerman talked about the injuries his son had supposedly suffered at the hands of Trayvon, a new police video seems to contradict that account? As the Ottawa Citizen noted:
“(N)o blood or bruising is visible in the video taken by a police surveillance camera that shows uniformed officers leading a handcuffed Zimmerman into the police station, nor are there blood stains visible on his clothes.”
Furthermore, it’s more than a little over the top for Zimmerman to have said that “so much hate” has been coming from President Obama over this. But the "we report, you decide" network's viewers only heard comments in that regard that made him look more sympathetic. This may have been a Fox News Channel edit, since the original comment seems to have been made in Boey's interview for the local affiliate. But here's what's said in the clip on FoxNews.com. It's not clear to me whether this video, currently on FoxNews.com, was aired on the Fox News Channel entirety.
Valerie Boey: This former judge and Vietnam vet never had to deal with anything like this, seeing the president, the NAACP and others react hasn’t been easy… How does this all make you feel, going through this?
Robert Zimmerman: This is just way beyond anything that I can imagine… I’m sorry for all the hate that ‘s going around, from their attorneys, from everyone involved. They’re just making up things that are not true about George.
I fully expect Robert Zimmerman to be on Hannity in the very near future.