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Are We All Just Pawns in the Game Being Played by the Media and Celebrities Like Spike Lee and Others?

I’m so sorry I haven’t written or posted anything recently.  Reading and watching all the news is just making me crazy.  There’s so much going on, I can’t pick just a few to write about.

But now, Spike Lee’s irresponsible and dangerous behavior, has really pissed me off.  What he’s done is beyond reprehensible.  I read yesterday that he had re-tweeted the address to George Zimmerman’s house, which is stupid enough.  Now we find out it was the wrong address.

According to The Daily Caller:

The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket went to the address  that Lee tweeted as members of the New Black Panther Party were offering a $10,000 cash reward for Zimmerman’s capture, “dead or alive,” and others were demanding his arrest.

“[T]he Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place and where Mr. Zimmerman lives,” Picket reported. “The area is not even a gated a community.”

“In fact, I took a drive to that Edgewater Circle address that so many on Twitter re-tweeted and cursed, and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does,” Picket added.

Picket also said several news agencies have showed up at the address looking for Zimmerman, which – with the crowds the Panthers, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have whipped up into a frenzy – may have put the woman, Elaine, in danger.

Read more.

I’ve also found another story in The Orlando Sentinel that talks about the address belonging to an elderly couple who have a son named William George Zimmerman.  Here’s part of what that article had to say:

A school-cafeteria lunch lady and her husband have received hate mail, unwanted visits from reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors — all because their Sanford-area address is being disseminated on Twitter as belonging to Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, her son said late Tuesday.

The woman, 70, who has a heart condition, and her husband, 72, have temporarily moved to a hotel to avoid the spotlight and possible danger, said son Chip Humble of Longwood.

The woman has another son named William George Zimmerman who lived with her in 1995 and still lives in Central Florida. He is no relation to George Zimmerman, 28, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Feb. 26, sparking national outrage and international interest.

William Zimmerman isn’t sure how his mother and stepfather’s address became public. He said he used it to register a car, get a drivers license and vote when he lived there briefly after college.

“This is really scary, and I’m concerned for my family,” Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel Tuesday night. “It’s scary because there are people who aren’t mentally right and will take this information and run with it.”

Read story here.

This story mentions Spike Lee’s tweet also.  I don’t think Spike Lee should be able to just walk away from this without a second thought.   He should be arrested.  What he did was very irresponsible.  As a celebrity, his words have power and influence and the things he says carry more weight.  This gives him responsibility to use that power wisely.   He had no right to tweet anyone’s private address, especially when there is so much heat around this issue.  He didn’t even bother to see if it was the right address, although tweeting that would have been wrong too.  Now with a $10,000 price on Zimmerman’s head, dead or alive, by the New Black Panthers, putting just any address out without knowing if it was correct, he could have been the reason an innocent woman or elderly couple might have been hurt. He shouldn’t just be able to walk away from this.

I’m sickened that he thought this was the right thing to do.  What if those people had been hurt?  The older couple needed to go into hiding.  And why, with “several news agencies” showing up at this address, has the press not stressed that the address tweeted by Lee is the wrong address.  They’re content to watch while this situation gets more riled up and they sit by idly fanning the flames, by sitting on any news that contradicts the meme that if it bleeds it leads.  Maybe they’re just hoping for a riot, because its better financially for them if that should that happen. Continue reading →

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