CNN reports that Zimmerman’s attorney says he told them he said “F*cking Punks”, and not the racial slur “Coons”. I don’t know what he said, but it sure sounded like coons.
More importantly, though, is how the players in this thing have changed the narrative to meet their *facts*, and changed the facts to connect their narrative.
1) The police first said Zimmerman was “squeaky clean”, and that was all kinds of wrong. But to make it fit, his bro came out and said that George was the kind of brother we’d all want to have. Anything to keep that “squeaking clean” narrative pumping. Of course, no one wants to hear about how Zimmerman was required to attend anger management, or how he was fired from a security job for abusing patrons… doesn’t fit…
2) Zimmerman says he wasn’t the aggressor, but we know that he was. We know he followed Trayvon Martin on foot and in a vehicle. So what now? Make Trayvon the aggressor. Create a story where Trayvon jumps out of nowhere and gets the upper hand on a 200lb guy on his own turf. Shift the pieces. Shift the narrative.
3) Number 2 didn’t really work, so they added the piece about Trayvon going for Zimmerman’s gun and telling him he was going to “die tonight.” time for the Rewrite.
4) Number 3 also didn’t work to convince people that Zimmerman was struggling for his life. So then we got an “enhanced video” of some puffiness on Zimmerman’s head.
5) Audio experts are brought in to prove Zimmerman’s voice wasn’t the one heard screaming on the 911 tape. Then audio experts are brought in to prove Zimmerman did not use the word “coon”.
6) Zimmerman was told not to pursue Trayvon Martin, so, of course, the story goes he got out of his truck to look for a street name ….. in the townhome community where he lived ….
I could go on… and on. Point is, this is what always happens. The truth is always rewritten, be it in life, politics, or economics. If nothing else, this case makes us painfully aware that facts are rarely factual. Most are opinions offered by people in positions power. This, we should keep in mind in the days and weeks to come. One of many lessons…..