AUDIO: Hannity Aired Content From “Off The Record” Conversation with George Zimmerman
Sean Hannity complicated the Trayvon Martin saga Tuesday. It was announced he was directly called by George Zimmerman after breaking off contact with the lawyers running his defense. The revelations came during a press conference in which attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig announced they were no longer representing Zimmerman.
The attorneys said they had not spoken with Zimmerman since Sunday. Since then, they said, they had learned that he spoke to Corey’s office and to Fox News TV host Sean Hannity without consulting them, in an attempt to give his side of the shooting.
They said Corey refused to talk to Zimmerman without his attorneys’ consent and Hannity wouldn’t tell them what was discussed.
“He reached out to me and we spoke on the phone about his case, and I agreed not to report on the contents of that conversation”
“Was this a case of self defense? Was this a case, as Mr. Zimmerman claims – and I interviewed his father and I talked to him – that he was reaching for his gun and Trayvon said he was going to kill him. Or do we have any evidence to the contrary? And if we do, let’s bring that evidence out, but in the meantime, we don’t know what happened.
And when people make declarative statements that he was killed because he was black, if I’m listening to that, you know what, I find those statements insightful.”
“…Alright so it raises questions about the rhetoric of people, activists, the media, their coverage of this, the New Black Panther Party, and we continue now with Santita Jackson and Deneen Borelli. I did ask George Zimmerman if that was his scream on the tape. He said it was, Deneen.”
Hannity has been for days highlighting the bounty placed on Zimmerman’s head by the New Black Panther Party, but, tellingly, Hannity also used the occasion to suggest there were ties between the NBPP and Obama’s campaign.
Hannity’s assertions were handily debunked here by Mediaite, but some in law enforcement have expressed concern media exploitation of the Trayvon tragedy to further a political agenda or sow seeds of racial division could hinder the actual legal proceeding.
It’s well-acknowleged that Hannity broadcasts in bias every day, choosing his guests and callers carefully so as not to expose himself to any tough questions or refutation of his claims. But this business of moving legal cases out into the court of public opinion is kinda new for Hannity.