Attorney Mark O’Mara Talks Zimmerman Truck Rescue To CNN: This Was ‘Quintessential George’


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George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara was back on TV Monday night, this time to discuss his client’s apparent act of heroism last week when he reportedly pulled someone from an overturned truck. O’Mara spoke to New Day’s Chris Cuomo, who was filling in for Piers Morgan.

“This is quintessential George,” O’Mara told Cuomo, “Always involved in the community, always willing to lend a helping hand. And here we go, four days after the event, something that I could not have planned but turned out to be just pure George.” O’Mara said he was surprised that Zimmerman ventured out into the Sanford community so soon after the acquittal, “but that’s how he is.”

The attorney also offered some insight into how Zimmerman is handling the backlash from so much of the country to his acquittal. “He was sort of surprised at the blow back to the verdict,” O’Mara said. “He thought that finally America had gotten a chance to hear all of the facts about the case, and to hear the whole trial, and that they would understand what really happened that night, and that it was truly self-defense. And to hear a lot of the anger that has come since the verdict has surprised him.” He acknowledged that threats to the Zimmerman family have increased since the verdict came back.

Reacting to President Obama‘s speech Friday concerning the trial, O’Mara called it “inappropriate” to suggest that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago, but could admit that the larger conversation about race is one “that we need to have.”

“My frustration has always been,” O’Mara elaborated, “we’re using the George Zimmerman case as the focus point for that, when this was not a racial event. George was more provably a non-racist than most people.”

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Hannity And Guest Bash ‘Liberal’ Joe Scarborough For ‘Feigning Outrage’ Over Trayvon Weed Comments


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Monday night on Fox, Sean Hannity issued his official response to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who blasted Hannity earlier in the day for comments he made on his radio show following President Obama‘s race speech. Hannity hit “liberals” like Scarborough for “feigning outrage” over his “tongue-in-cheek” comments about the similarities between Obama and Trayvon Martin.

After replaying the clip in question from his radio program, Hannity shared the criticism he received from “left wing so-called journalists” at MSNBC who “didn’t see my point and decided to twist what I said.” Before introducing his guests, Hannity said, “It’s not really worth responding to liberal Joe and his under 400,000 viewers or whatever he has. His radio show failed, his TV show is failing, he has kind of sold his soul, you know, on a liberal network, and he attacks conservative and is used by a prop by his insider Washington pals to attack conservatives.”

Fox analyst Angela McGlowan agreed with Hannity, saying he never said Trayvon Martin “had it coming” as Scarborough suggested. “Apparently his ratings are falling and he needs more eyeballs to come to his channel, so what does he do?” she asked. “He attacks you.”

Hannity other guest, Fox contributor Santita Jackson, attempted to to steer the conversation towards the larger question of how to get to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “dream” of equality, but Hannity told her the narrower issue of Obama’s approach was “more important.” He mocked the president for making a speech centered on race and the Zimmerman trial when “there’s a mountain of evidence that shows George Zimmerman was not a racist.”

Again, McGlowan agreed, saying Obama had a “grand opportunity” to “actually address the systemic problems that have plagued our community for decades now and, instead, he personalized this tragedy, this child who is dead. He personalizes it for his own political gain.” She added, “I think it stirred more of the racial pot and caused more racial division.”

Hannity also called out Mediaite specifically for coverage that he evidently views as biased against him, saying, “61 people died in Chicago, and I have their names right here. And I have been reading them on the air on my radio show by the way, if you work at Mediaite, I’ll send you copies and tapes of my radio show.” He said “the point is” that “all of this is being ignored” in favor of a “fixation on this case that has no evidence.”

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O’Reilly Smacks Down Obama’s Race Speech: President Has ‘No Clue’ How To Combat ‘Gangsta Culture’


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Bill O’Reilly opened his show Monday night by examining President Obama‘s Friday afternoon speech on race and the Trayvon Martin case. O’Reilly began by saying Obama was “correct in addressing the race issue” but then proceeded to hammer the president for failing to address the “real” problems facing the African-American community.

“The sad truth is that from the president on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community,” O’Reilly said. “And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called ‘conversation,’ turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.” He said it’s these attitudes that have forced African-Americans to “fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods.”

Coming back to Trayvon Martin specifically, O’Reilly said there is only evidence that George Zimmerman “profiled” the 17-year-old because he was “dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals”–not his skin color. “It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance,” he said. “But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime.”

This led O’Reilly to pinpoint the primary cause of these statistics: “The disintegration of the African-American family.” More than anything else, he chalked up black crime to the fact that “73% of all black babies are born out of wedlock,” a problem that he said Obama and other civil rights leaders refuse to address. He also pointed fingers at the entertainment industry, and particularly “gangsta culture,” for “encouraging irresponsibility” and “glorifying bad behavior.”

O’Reilly outright rejected the notion, put forward by “race hustlers and limousine liberals” that “unfair” incarceration rates for “non-violent” drug offenses contribute to the problem, calling out Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama for refusing to condemn drug dealers. Getting more and more heated as he progressed, O’Reilly argued that blacks’ disadvantages “has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents.”

In conclusion, O’Reilly said, “it’s now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.”

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Friday Ratings: Fox’s The Five #1 In Demo For All Of Cable News


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Friday evening, Fox News’ The Five was #1 across all of cable news in the 25-54 demo with 335K viewers. During the 5pm hour, The Five beat second place Wolf Blitzer on CNN with 250K and Chris Matthews on MSNBC with 127K.

In terms of total viewers, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor was #1 for all of cable news 2.107M viewers at 8pm. The Five was #2 with 2.021.


Here are the rest of your Friday night ratings:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm The Five 

335

Blitzer 

250

Matthews 

127

Express 

43

6 pm Baier 

259

Blitzer 

268

Sharpton 

156

Express 

31

7 pm Smith 

265

Burnett 

217

Matthews 

179

Velez-Mitchell 

62

8 pm O’Reilly 

321

Cooper 

237

Hayes 

189

Grace 

106

9 pm Hannity 

292

Morgan 

191

Martin Special 

240

Mystery 

112

10 pm Van Susteren 

222

Cooper 

180

Sharpton 

230

Mystery 

110

11 pm O’Reilly 

208

Stroumboulopoulos 

146

Investigates 

299

Grace 

148

TOTAL DAY 231 175 164 94
PRIME TIME 279 203 220 108
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

 

TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm The Five 

2.021

Blitzer 

581

Matthews 

594

Express 

128

6 pm Baier 

1.707

Blitzer 

543

Sharpton 

627

Express 

122

7 pm Smith 

1.362

Burnett 

504

Matthews 

606

Velez-Mitchell 

238

8 pm O’Reilly 

2.107

Cooper 

567

Hayes 

610

Grace 

351

9 pm Hannity 

1.521

Morgan 

510

Martin Special 

660

Mystery 

316

10 pm Van Susteren 

1.063

Cooper 

522

Sharpton 

507

Mystery 

282

11 pm O’Reilly 

935

Stroumboulopoulos 

387

Investigates 

492

Grace 

266

TOTAL DAY 1.207 475 458 226
PRIME TIME 1.568 533 593 307
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

George Zimmerman ‘Caused’ Truck Accident? Conspiracy Theories Abound On Twitter…


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News that George Zimmerman helped save a Floridian trapped under an overturned truck just days after being acquitted in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, has been met with an overly healthy dose of skepticism on Twitter. As anyone can easily discover with a simple search of “Zimmerman caused,” hundreds of Twitter users find it suspect that the former defendant just happened upon an “accident” and saved the day.

Almost as quickly as the original conspiracy theories began to swirl, conservatives on Twitter hijacked the narrative, using the hashtag #MSNBCTonight to predict how that network will further the “Zimmerman caused” story the accident during prime time hours.

We’ll have to wait and see if any of MSNBC’s anchors dare to touch this story tonight.

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