Fred Francis on the George Zimmerman Case

Fred Francis of NBC said on CNN in regards to the George Zimmerman Case…

Video @7:13

FRANCIS: I think this entire story has been very politicized right down to the prosecutor who filed the charges on April 11th and then filed to run for re-election on April 30th.

KURTZ: And when you watch MSNBC and FOX in particular — and these are not the only ones — it just seemed like that many of the people in the media were just choosing up sides, either they were pro Trayvon or pro George Zimmerman. And that’s — and it became —


FRANCIS: I want to hear — I want to hear them — I want to hear them when Zimmerman is acquitted because this is the weakest case.

KURTZ: When Zimmerman is acquitted. You just took sides.

FRANCIS: I’m telling you, this is the weakest case I’ve ever seen get this kind of national publicity.

Two-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist Fred Francis has over 46 years of experience in the communications industry. He retired as a senior correspondent after 30 years at NBC News with a
longstanding expertise in national and international security.



One thought on “Fred Francis on the George Zimmerman Case

  1. Thanks for sharing that paper by Tamara F. Lawson. I’ve made it through the first paragraph so far!

    “If the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case is to have value beyond its immediate facts, it is important to consider the case through a broad lens that encompasses law, politics, and culture and the relevant intersectionality of each. This essay gives a contextualized historical perspective with which to view the Black community’s reaction to the initial lack of criminal charges in the case. It explains why the circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s death were experienced as a fresh cut in an old, but deep, collective wound, for many Blacks. It addresses the exacerbation African Americans felt regarding law enforcement’s perceived indifference towards Trayvon, a victim of a dark(er) hue. It acknowledges the implanted counter-narrative that dehumanized “Trayvon the victim” and, instead, labeled him, “Trayvon the thug,” even though he was not a criminal, and unarmed when he was shot. The mixture of these specific facts in the case represented a shared trigger point in the Black community that generated a visceral reaction based on its relation-back to past and systematic injustices.”

    As soon as I hit the word “intersectionality” in the first sentence, I knew I’d have to set aside more time to read this paper! When the law professor showed us she had assigned herself to be the FACT finder, citing as “fact” that Trayvon “was not a criminal,” I was certain I was correct in concluding more time was necessary to read through this paper.

    Counting GZ, there are two+ witnesses to TM beating GZ, along with an alleged ear-witness to TM initiating the verbal confrontation. If Ms. Lawson starts off by establishing it as FACT that TM had not committed any criminal act, I suspect I’ll learn more about the crime of getting out of your vehicle before I finish reading the 39 1/2 pages that follow.

    Her hosted papers link:

    She has this paper listed as a part of her “Accepted Paper Series,” though she added that it is “Forthcoming” in the “University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.”

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