Two of the morning shows had dueling big interviews on Friday morning, as Matt Lauer sat down with Edward Snowden’s father on “Today,” while ABC’s “Good Morning America” continued with footage of Robin Roberts’ interview with George Zimmerman trial juror B-29. Among the facts learned from each:
* The George Zimmerman juror — who only gave her first name, Maddy, and was the only minority juror on the panel — explained that at first, her first vote was second-degree murder. When Roberts asked how the jury went from “guilty” to “not guilty” in nine hours, Maddy explained, “A lot of us had wanted to find something bad, something we could connect to the law…For myself, he’s guilty. Because the evidence shows he’s guilty [of killing Trayvon Martin]. But we couldn’t prove that intentionally he killed him, and that’s the way the law was read to me.”
* Maddy said she was not bullied. “My voice was heard. I was the loudest.”
* A mom herself, Maddy said she feels like she let Trayvon Martin’s parents down. “I’m hurting as much as Trayvon’s Martin’s mom is. Because there’s no way any mother should feel that pain.”
* She was the juror that could have made it a hung jury. Does she have regrets? “I know I went the right way because by the law and the way it was followed is the way I went,” she told Roberts. “But if I would have used my heart, I probably would have went [with] a hung jury.”
* At the end, she concludes, “I stand by the decision because of the law.”
On “Today,” Lon Snowden was far less emotional as he talked about his son, Edward, who is currently in a Russian airport waiting on word of asylum. His father’s lawyer, Bruce Fein, also talked to Matt Lauer.
* No, Lon said, he hasn’t had any direct contact with his son, though the two have connected through an intermediary. The lawyer says he received a call from Julian Assange, who helped find an intermediary in New York.
* Lon is thankful for anyone providing his son with assistance, and keeping him safe — even if it’s Wikileaks.
* A longtime government employee, Lon calls himself an “angry American citizen,” and says he absolutely believes what his son is saying is the truth.
* When Matt Lauer pointed out that the government would be happy to show Edward due process if he came back to the country, the lawyer shot that down. “In order to have due process, you have to have a fair, impartial administration here. When you’re calling someone a traitor, convicting him in the press…that doesn’t inspire confidence that you’re going to have even-handed justice.”