In March of last year, the day before NBC anchor Al Sharpton’s incendiary rally, and just two days before President Obama would launch the George Zimmerman case into the stratosphere with his own racially-tinged comments (“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”), CNN falsely accused Zimmerman of describing Trayvon as a “f**king coon.” Two weeks would pass before CNN retracted this falsehood.
CNN’s retraction came after the audiotape of the 911 call was enhanced and it was clear that what Zimmerman had said was “f**king cold,” not any kind of racial slur. In fact, there is nothing in this case or in Zimmerman’s past that points to any kind of racism whatsoever.
And yet, a full fifteen months after CNN’s audiotape enhancement debunked Zimmerman’s use of the word “coon,” Nancy Grace, the star and face of CNN’s sister network Headline News, is still falsely telling viewers that Zimmerman described Trayvon as a “f**king coon.” Moreover, HLN didn’t even bleep out the phrase.
Here is Grace inflaming racial tensions with falsehoods Saturday night:
Grace: “What I think made a difference; when that 911 tape first came out — and everybody get read, this is graphic language — when it first came out that Zimmerman had said “f**king coon” on the 911 call.. I mean to me, that was open and shut that that showed ill-will and hatred.”
That would be a very insightful comment were it not for the fact that Zimmerman did not say “f**king coon,” and it seem impossible to believe that Grace doesn’t know this.
Apparently, the left-wing media site Mediaite is also unaware of the fact that Zimmerman did not say “f**king coon.” In their coverage of the Grace’s statement, they make no mention of the fact that Grace’s claim is factually incorrect or that CNN was forced to walk the claim back.
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