Monday, July 22, 2013

PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN

Look, I'm not going to express skepticism about the George Zimmerman story being reported right now -- namely, that he helped rescue four people from an SUV crash in Sanford, Florida, over the weekend -- because I don't want to be accused of being a "Zimmerman SUV-rescue truther" by National Review. Nothing about it changes my feelings about the death of Trayvon Martin, because no one except idiot and right-wingers -- but I repeat myself -- thinks any human being is pure, unadulterated evil. So he rescued some people. He also killed an unarmed youth, and walked.

But I'm wondering what the hell is wrong with our press corps when we don't have the names of the victims or even an anonymous interview with any of them, we don't have the name of the witness to the accident identified by Breitbart's Kerry Picket (who offers no direct quotes from the witness), nor do we have names or interviews of the "people on the scene" who, Picket says, "recognized Zimmerman," nor do we have the names of anyone in the Sanford PD who relayed all of this to us.

And no one took photos or got cellphone video? Has any newsworthy event taken place anywhere in the developed world in recent years without amateur video or snapshots? Come on, media, where the hell are they?

More from Breitbart:
"Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash, which was why he was not referenced in the police report," a Sanford Police spokeswoman told Breitbart News.
Oh.

The Breitbart story tells us that the vehicle later caught fire, and Zimmerman helped put the fire out with an extinguisher he had on hand -- but Hot Air's Allapundit notes that an NBC story, which initially reported the fire, now no longer includes a reference to a fire. So what's the truth?

I just want some journalists wearing out some shoe leather on this. Rebut the skeptics' suspicions or confirm them. What's the point of having such a low-class press in America if we can't get to the bottom of a story like this?

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UPDATE: OK, we have a name now. Thank you.
Two parents identified as Mark and Dana Gerstle, along with their two children, were riding in the truck when it flipped near the intersection of I-4 and Route 46, authorities said.
No fire, apparently:
After spotting the wreck and pulling over, the 29-year-old volunteer watchman grabbed a fire extinguisher from his car and checked for signs of a blaze before freeing the Gerstle family, Sean Vincent, a spokesman for his legal team, told the Daily News.
I was in a bad car accident about 15 years ago. Cars explode into a ball of flame about 100% of the time in movies and on TV, but not routinely in real life, I'm told. My car didn't. Well, bully for Zimmerman, and no, life was not a movie.

14 comments:

Kathy said...

If it's true, it sounds like the positive side of his desperate desire to be a cop. I have to wonder if he was listening to the police scanner, waiting for his moment.

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Victor said...

It it's true, good for him.

Before they redid the road in front of out house, and changed the gradient on a curve, a couple of times a year, I'd be woken up by the sound of a crash.

Many was the time I ran out of bed, threw on shorts and sneakers and dashed out to see what I could do to help.


A couple of times, there were injuries more serious than others, and I ran back to call 911.

One time, there was gas all over, and the battery was sparking. I pulled some people out with the help of another passing motorist, got them far from the car, ran in and called 911.
Thankfully, the car never exploded.

We went through blankets for the people who were in shock, like we were the Salvation Army.

My point being, Zimmerman did what most people would do.
And I'm not going to ask what race the people in the car were, because that wouldn't be fair. He did the right thing.

But most people still wouldn't stalk a black teenager when being told not to.

So, like I said, if it's true, good for him.

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Victor said...

Dennis, you certainly are persistent.

If you stalk women (or men) the way you stalk this website, the police would be called and you'd be issued a restraining order.

Bye!

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David said...

No fit 17 year old youth with functional fists is 'unarmed'.

And the neighborhood watch is supposed to 'watch'. That isn't 'stalking'.

TM made it home safe. Why didn't he stay there?

Steve M. said...

So we should keep all seventeen-year-olds under lockdown, with passes only to run errands, David?

Or just, y'know, the ones you, in your infinite wisdom, have pre-convicted?

Aunt Snow said...

Wonder how all the wingnuts seem to know all the details of what Travyon did, where he got, what he used, how he reacted, what he was thinking - when none of that was presented in evidence.

And no, what George Z said on Hannity is NOT evidence.