Erik Wemple: George Zimmerman


Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Absurd backlash over CNN’s interview with George Zimmerman

Two years after tragedy, killer of Trayvon Martin has few compelling thoughts about it.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Cuomo, CNN, Florida, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly blames Trayvon Martin’s death on hoodie

Fashion choices and the fate of young black men.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Allen West, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, gangsta, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 07/26/2013

MSNBC's Tour : O'Reilly is an 'idiot'

Host Martin Bashir takes issue with O'Reilly addressing issues other than the ones the country has been 'directed' to take on.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:47 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, George Zimmerman, MSNBC, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly: 'My salary has gone up '

His suggestion that his situation tells a story about the nation's economy is a bit of a stretch.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Obama race talk: Chuck Todd blasts 'some portions of cable news' (not MSNBC)

To what could he possibly have been referring?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:29 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Todd, George Zimmerman, MSNBC, President Obama, Race, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Fox News analyst: NBC News 'on the hook' in Zimmerman lawsuit

Outlet will have to pay out big time over mis-editing of police dispatch tape, commentators argue.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, George Zimmerman, NBC News

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/16/2013

NBC expected Zimmerman trial to hinge on race

In filing, company said that evidence of 'racial animus' from the criminal trial would be an issue in defamation case.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defamation, George Zimmerman, NBC News, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Fox News's Howard Kurtz and those Trayvon Martin 'activists'

Commentator says that activists played up a racial angle and ensnared the media in wall-to-wall coverage.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:03 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, George Zimmerman, Howard Kurtz, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 07/14/2013

Zimmerman lawyer to move 'asap' against NBC News

Case was on hold during George Zimmerman's criminal trial.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:17 PM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defamation, George Zimmerman, NBC News

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 07/13/2013

The George Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict: Don't blame the media

What does it mean to believe that the George Zimmerman case is a media construct?

By Erik Wemple  |  11:37 PM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 07/10/2013

More on Bill O'Reilly and the George Zimmerman trial

For a guy who believes that the George Zimmerman case has gotten too much coverage, Bill O'Reilly has made some unorthodox coverage decisions.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:24 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Zimmerman case a media-driven 'racial morality play': Claim

How did race make its way into the Zimmerman case? Via the media? Or police documents?

By Erik Wemple  |  09:13 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, George Zimmerman, Race, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 06/27/2013

George Zimmerman trial: 'Cracker' debate persists

Is this term a regional honorific or a national slur?

By Erik Wemple  |  07:10 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cracker, George Zimmerman, Salon, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Trayvon Martin case: FoxNews.com resuscitates Geraldo-esque viewpoint

Trayvon Martin's alleged "street attitude" blamed by FoxNews.com commentator for killing.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:26 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, George Zimmerman, Geraldo Rivera, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 03/07/2013

NBC's Zimmerman response: Other media outlets highlighted race

NBC News cites other outlets who abridged the 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:50 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, NBC News

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012

NBC News on George Zimmerman: A big mistake or intentional thrashing?

Critics contend that NBC News intentionally maligned George Zimmerman regarding the Trayvon Martin case. NBC says it did no such thing.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, NBC News, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Will George Zimmerman regret Hannity interview?

George Zimmerman appeared for an extensive interview on Fox News's "Hannity." Will that appearance undermine the prospects of his defamation suit against NBC Universal?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, NBC News, Sean Hannity

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Why didn't NBC News apologize to George Zimmerman?

NBC News apologized to its viewers for mis-editing the 911 audiotape central to the Trayvon Martin case. But it never apologized directly to George Zimmerman. Why not?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:41 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, NBC News, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Can George Zimmerman prevail against NBC?

He should have little trouble proving the network broadcast false and defamatory material about him, but it will be tougher to prove damages from NBC's treatment.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, NBC News, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 12/06/2012

George Zimmerman sues NBC over Trayvon Martin reports

George Zimmerman is suing NBC for having mangled various reports on his pursuit of Trayvon Martin.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:17 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Zimmerman, james beasley, NBC News, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Media news derivatives: July 19

A roundup of media stories for July 19.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:42 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mike allen, libor, roll call, washington post, michael bloomberg, cnn, piers morgan, new york times co. guild, mathew ingram, sean hannity, george zimmerman

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Media news derivatives: May 3

What is happening in the media?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:21 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  politico, dreams from my father, newt gingrich, r.c.l hammond, keach hagey, wall street journal, new york times, fcc, bloomberg TV, lorne michaels, mitt romney, george zimmerman, rupert murdoch, sean hannity

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Media news derivatives: April 26

What’s happening in the media world?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jack shafer, rupert murdoch, ajr, michele bachmann, bill o'reilly, newsbusters, nbc, george zimmerman, white house correspodnents' association, david rehr, fox mole

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Media news derivatives: April 23

What’s happening in the media world?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:15 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  buzzfeed, chelsea clinton, michael getler, whitman-walker clinic, gwen ifill, new york times, david carr, george zimmerman

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Media news derivatives: April 12

The day’s top media stories, with links.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fox news, mole, gawker, joe muto, reuters, jack shafer, sean hannity, george zimmerman, trayvon martin

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Why did PBS call George Zimmerman ‘white’?

George Zimmerman is not what PBS called him.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  george zimmerman, pbs, gwen Ifill, hispanic, white, newsbusters, bernard goldberg, trayvon martin

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012

NewsBusters roots for NBC story

Newsbusters asks Congress to step in on NBC tape editing.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  brent bozell, media research center, newsbusters, nbc, george zimmerman, tape

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Stewart: NBC hit the ‘remove context’ button

Producer at NBC hit the ‘remove context’ button.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:51 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, trayvon martin, jon stewart, daily show, george zimmerman, editing error

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/09/2012

NBC News president speaks out on Zimmerman tape scandal

Top news exec breaks silence on NBC scandal,

By Erik Wemple  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, today show, steve capus, reuters, george zimmerman, trayvon martin, tape, editing

Posted at 10:40 PM ET, 04/06/2012

NYT: NBC has fired producer in Zimmerman scandal

Tape controversy claims a head at network.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:40 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc, george zimmerman, audio tape, nbc

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Report: ‘Seasoned’ NBC staffer misfired in Zimmerman case

Reuters investigates NBC’s investigation.

By Erik Wemple  |  10:17 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  trayvon martin, nbc, george zimmerman, today, new york post, reuters

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/31/2012

NBC to do ‘internal investigation’ on Zimmerman segment

Did NBC wrong George Zimmerman?

By Erik Wemple  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nbc news, george zimmerman, internal investigation, dispatcher, he looks black

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Spike Lee apologizes, atones for screwup

Who said a good apology is worthless?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bill maher, spike lee, elaine mcclain, david mcclain, trayvon martin, george zimmerman

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Media news derivatives

More and more on the Trayvon Martin case.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:12 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jack shafer, poynter.org, george zimmerman, trayvon martin, sean hannity, politico, village voice media, backpage.com, white house, new york times, "white hispanic"

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Why did New York Times call George Zimmerman ‘white Hispanic’?

Conservatives slam the New York Times’ description of the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

By Erik Wemple  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  george zimmerman, white hispanic, new york times, bernard goldberg, jonah goldberg

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Joe Oliver, not a ‘close friend’ of George Zimmerman

By three smart interviewers.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  joe oliver, jonathan capehart, trayvon martin, george zimmerman, lawrence o'donnell, charles blow

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Media news derivatives: March 22

For March 22

By Erik Wemple  |  08:26 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jason mattera, human events, bono, jack shafer, paul farhi, washington post, reuters, associated press, tom curley, george zimmerman