It looks like the right-wing media has finally turned on George Zimmerman.
The conservative media outlets and personalities that once defended Trayvon Martin’s killer appear to have changed their tune this week, after Zimmerman was arrested yet again for domestic violence. In August, Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Martin.
Zimmerman’s history of domestic violence is nothing new. In fact, feminist writers pointed to his history of domestic abuse as evidence of his propensity for violence in the hopes that it would help crystallize his actions and put his actions the night he killed Trayvon Martin in the appropriate context.
On Wednesday, Zimmerman was arraigned for allegedly breaking a glass table in his girlfriend’s house and pointing a shotgun at her during a verbal dispute. In his defense, Zimmerman called a 911 operator during the course of the altercation to proclaim his innocence.
Fox News, which in the past was ground zero for Zimmerman apologists, put Geraldo Rivera in the hot seat to provide his analysis of the new Zimmerman news.
Rivera who has defended Zimmerman and blamed Trayvon’s clothing choice for his own death had previously said, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was. What’s the instant association? It’s crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stick up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or get the old lady in the alcove, it’s kid with a hoodie…When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, god bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But I bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on that, nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”
So what does Rivera have to say that Zimmerman has been arrested again in his second domestic violence incident since the verdict? Rivera has completely flip-flopped. After yesterday’s arraignment,Rivera said on Fox News, “My basic reaction is that this man is hanging by a string. I think that he is a borderline psychotic at this point. [Zimmerman is] a person who has so immersed himself in the gun culture…He was lionized by many–by some at least–as a hero, he has no clear direction in his life… I think he’s a very, very dangerous person and he could hurt this woman.” Rivera then went on to blame the trial and media spectacle for Zimmerman’s behavior, speculating that Zimmerman might be traumatized from the events of the past three years.