I've watched a lot of really pathetic coverage over at Fox "News" but Sean Hannity's interview with the father of George Zimmerman, Robert Zimmerman and the legal defense team now representing his son ranks right up there with some of the worst.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell discussed the interview with The New York Times' Charles Blow and Natalie Jackson, an attorney representing Trayvon Martin's parents in the segment above and we got a whole lot more honest discussion about what anyone knows and doesn't know, or could reasonably assume from the information released so far to the public on the case than what we saw on Sean Hannity's show this Wednesday evening.
They did a good job of pointing out that we have no medical records or video evidence to substantiate the claims being made by Zimmerman's father and attorneys on his supposed injuries, but what we do have is enough evidence for there to be an arrest, since there is more than enough evidence for reasonable cause in the murder. And despite Sean Hannity and his guests' claims, no one is asking to have this case tried in the media. The members of Trayvon Martin's family and their attorneys are just asking that a jury has that opportunity.
As Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out, Hannity framed every one of his questions to make sure that his guests were allowed to lie and get their side of the story out there unchallenged. O'Donnell also played some footage from an interview with Zimmerman attorney Craig Sonner on Piers Morgan's show this week, where he didn't receive the same friendly treatment he did on Hannity's show.
Ellen at NewsHounds summed up Hannity's interview in her post here -- Sean Hannity Joins The George Zimmerman Defense Team And Ditches The Trayvon Martin Case Facts.
And Fox has the transcript of the interview posted at Hannity's site for anyone that doesn't want to subject themselves to watching the videos -- Exclusive: George Zimmerman's father defends son in Trayvon Martin shooting.
Video of the Hannity interview below the fold.