Dec 11, 2012 No Comments ›› Dinah Tellya
Excerpted from Big Journalism: The Washington Post is trying to help its sister-Obama-outlet NBC News in its battle with George Zimmerman, the security guard who shot Trayvon Martin. Last week Zimmerman filed suit against NBC Universal alleging that when NBC News mis-edited the 911 call he made before Martin was shot, he was defamed because it looked as though he uttered racial remarks.
The Post argues that Zimmerman should be judged as a public figure, not a private one, which would make his case for defamation much harder to prove. The evidence the post uses to support its claim is absurd.
The Post asserts that Zimmerman was a public figure at the time of the mis-edited 911 call because he had appeared on Sean Hannity’s TV show. The Post whines that even though Zimmerman was a private figure before the shooting, that doesn’t count:
The Supreme Court has ruled that people who “thrust” themselves into the “vortex” of a public issue or dispute can become public figures for the purposes of defamation law, and thus create obstacles for themselves when it comes to filing a libel complaint.