I saw this over at Hot Air and what struck me is that some analyst claims that NBC is more or less protected because Zimmerman is a public figure and therefore it is harder to show how his reputation was damaged.
I am not a lawyer yet I do think that the analyst is wrong (not just because James Beasley is on the case). Here is my reasoning as to why that analyst is wrong:
1. At the time of the incident George Zimmerman was just an ordinary person who worked for a mortgage broker compay.
2. At the time of the incident George Zimmerman was a concerned citizen who cared about the well-being of his neighbours.
3. A short time after the incident took place someone got hold of the tape that had the NEN call and doctored it. The result of that manipulation was the intention to malign George Zimmerman as a racist. The manipulation was to remove the NEN person asking a question about race. The implication for George was that he was identified as a racist even though that was clearly not the case.
My conclusion here is that the lawsuit is based upon the time when George was an unknown citizen. As such his good name has been dragged through the mud and there have been threats against his life.
This of course was not the only manipulation. We also have the impact of what Matt Guttman did, as well as the selective editing of the CCTV footage at the Sandford police station by ABC news which was done in order to make the claim that George Zimmerman had not been seriously hurt by the incident. The reasoning was the unreasonable belief that one had to be severely injured before being able to use a gun in self-defense.
At the same time I take issue with the writer of the article for another reason, and for that matter I take issue with Jeralyn Merritt in regard to Neighbourhood Watch. This is due to the false narrative concerning the role of Neighbourhood Watch and how it applied to this case. The truth is, George Zimmerman was not on any patrol because there is no such thing for Neighbourhood Watch. You simply look out for each other, observe and report if you see something suspicious. George’s role as Captain was more or less that of a liaison with the police. On top of that, on the night in question George was heading out to go shopping when he saw someone acting in what he thought was a suspicious manner, and that is why he called the NEN. There was nothing wrong in any of the actions taken by George. Getting out of his car to at least try to keep an eye on where the person went was a reasonable action. Neighbourhood Watch performs a service in the community. Without that service there would be a lot more in the way of break-ins, and probably murders as well. George was correct in thinkint that there was something suspicious about the stranger.
George Zimmerman does not meet the test of being in the public eye. He is not an actor. He is not a sports person. He is not a politician. He is an ordinary person who was beaten up by a thug. As such, I doubt that it can be said that such a test applies to his case. However, I will defer to lawyers such as James Beasley on that matter, and let him make the case regarding whether or not George Zimmerman is a public person.