Envy-Monger News Flash: George Zimmerman Drives Too Fast
In yet another futile attempt to hold him up to special scrutiny and vilification publicly, the press has brought to our attention the driving infractions of celebrity scapegoat, George Zimmerman. And just in case you had not heard about the Trayvon Martin shooting, the controversies swirling around the investigation, the jury trial, the not-guilty verdict and riots, our press feels obligated to report to the rest of America on the smallest infraction committed by Mr. Zimmerman, whom many feel cheated the court-system because of his acquittal for murder.
I ask you, is this what the freedom of the press really intended in the First Amendment to our Constitution? Is it right or appropriate for the press to hound criminal defendants who have been deemed NOT GUILTY by our justice system and make them into unwanted celebrities, dragging their already sullied reputations further into the limelight? Does a speeding ticket warrant such attention from a news story?
Or is this simply the bitter fruit of envy-mongers within our “Gotcha” media? Those who try criminal defendants in the press to sway public opinion, then lose their credibility. Ending up with egg on their faces and a bad taste on their gossiping lips, many in the press would rather be “right” in their own opinions, than respect the rights of others. Instead of accepting defeat (i.e., admitting they were wrong), the press envy-mongers churn the gristmill of hatred against their perceived enemies. Why? Because they have the power of the First Amendment on their side. Because they can.
Beware the power of the press.
Here is an USA Today piece on the non-news: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/05/george-zimmerman-caught-speeding-again/2770345/