So, I was watching the Daily Buzz yesterday morning (as a quick side note: Bri, you’ve GOTTA try out for this show. You’d be perfect for it), and was completely floored to find out that George Zimmerman – the now infamous shooter in the ongoing Trayvon Martin case – created a website to tell his side of the story and to solicit monetary donations. Then, the news was confirmed:
George Zimmerman’s attorney, Hal Uhrig, confirmed to Fox News that the website, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, was in fact produced by the real George Zimmerman, who otherwise has gone into hiding as a special prosecutor determines whether he should face charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The website was no longer available Monday night, possibly because of increased traffic after news of existence spread. But earlier, it featured a first person plea for help.
“On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage,” the site reads. “As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
Zimmerman then warns that others have tried to set up campaigns to collect donations for his cause, but he “cannot attest to the validity of these other websites.”
For his site, he said he created a PayPal account, “as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. … I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.”
So, after visiting Mr. Zimmerman’s website, a few thoughts came to mind:
(1) What kind of grade school HTML mess is this? Look, I’m no techie. I certainly won’t be the next Mark Zuckerberg. So far be it for me to begrudge the web hustle. But if you’re going to use a website to solicit funds for the tough legal battle that is sure to come, wouldn’t you think to have a better looking joint? I’ve seen bloggers solicit funds on their sites with the common sense to at least use a pre-designed template from the hosting site of their choice. Even if I supported Zimmerman (which, for the record, I don’t), my inclination to donate would be severely comprised if it was through this website. In addition to cash donations, somebody please buy this fool “Web Design for Dummies.”
(2) Zimmerman’s lawyer did good by stepping away from the case. Any lawyer without the basic ability to keep his client’s mouth shut doesn’t deserve to practice law, much less be the lead attorney in a high-profile case like this. While Zimmerman hasn’t made any public appearances yet, it appears that he’s at least spoken to Sean Hannity. If Zimmerman doesn’t want to derail his defense and tear asunder any opportunities of an acquittal, he’ll keep his mouth shut until the trial. Well, if there ever is one. But I digress.
(3) Not that we’ll ever find out – maybe we will – but I wonder who will donate to Zimmerman’s cause. I have my suspicions, though. But it probably won’t stop at the NRA. People with an ax to grind against the President and who are trying to make this political will probably line up as donors as well. Just as you have loons lurking around in the anti-Zimmerman camp, you most assuredly will have them on the pro-Zimmerman side.
(4) Finally, it’s odd (but certainly not surprising) that Zimmerman didn’t offer a shred of sympathy for the family of Trayvon Martin. His website is solely meant to propagate the “whoa is me” sentiment, using self-victimization as a method to generate donations. Not of word of sympathy for the family who has a murdered son on their hands. I suppose he can’t say much, in that offering an apology or an expression of sympathy could be considered an admission of guilt. But I saw a CNN interview with Trayvon’s father (I’m sorry. I can’t find a clip of it), where he offered his prayers to the Zimmerman family for what they may be going through. It is possible to offer your sympathies without admitting guilt. Unfortunately not a lot of people understand that (including a certain person I used to date. Wait. Did I say that?).
Anyway, what do you think? Have you checked out Zimmerman’s site? Do you plan on donating to his cause?
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