Spike Lee does the wrong thing

posted at 11:00 am on March 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

On more than one occasion regarding the subject of the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have warned people about jumping to conclusions ahead of a thorough investigation.  Unfortunately, we have a great demonstration of exactly how that can have potentially deadly consequences.  Filmmaker Spike Lee thought he’d teach George Zimmerman a lesson by tweeting his home address to the world, apparently hoping for a little vigilante justice.  However, Lee tweeted the wrong address — twice — and instead put an elderly couple at risk:

Filmmaker Spike Lee made waves on Twitter last week when he re-tweeted to his 200,000 followers (h/t Twitchy) what was thought to be George Zimmerman’s home address in Sanford, Florida. Mr. Zimmerman told Sanford police last month that he fatally shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

However, the 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. The area is not even a gated 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.

As of this morning, Lee has not removed the tweets from his feed, according to Twitchy.  Perhaps Lee will “do the right thing” by this morning and delete them, because the couple that does live at the address Lee tweeted are understandably frightened about their safety.  The Smoking Gun reports on the McClains and the attention they have received from Lee’s messaging:

In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman. “We’re keeping everything locked,” she said. McClain added that the couple was particularly unnerved by a letter mailed to them at their home. On the envelope, she said, were printed the words “Taste The Rainbow,” the slogan for Skittles. Martin was carrying a pack of Skittles and a can of ice tea when he was gunned down by Zimmerman.

McClain said her husband returned the envelope unopened to the post office.

And how did this happen?  Poor research and jumping to conclusions:

Besides overlooking the different middle initial, perhaps that answer is connected to an old voter record for a “William George Zimmerman” at the Edgewater Circle property. That registration, which dates back to 1995, is for a 41-year-old man. The Zimmerman who shot Martin is 28.

Elaine McClain identified William George Zimmerman as her son, noting that he has not lived at the Edgewater Circle residence for seven years.

Jim Treacher points out the irony in this story:

If you’re against vigilantes taking matters into their own hands, except when it comes to dealing with George Zimmerman, #YouMightBeALiberal.

I notice Spike hasn’t been working much lately. I hope he’s been saving his money. Lawyers can be expensive.

Even if the address had been correct, it still would have been the wrong thing to do.  Lee should be ashamed of himself.

The original concern in this shooting incident was that the investigation into the shooting of an unarmed 17-year-old seemed cursory and insufficient.  Thanks to the national attention the case has draw, we now have two major investigations under way, one by the Department of Justice (an investigation endorsed by Rep. Allen West) and another by the state of Florida.  While it’s unlikely that the media will stop reporting tidbits of the story without knowing their full context, the rest of us should wait to see what facts can be established by these two investigations before jumping to any more conclusions — and before putting innocent people at risk like the McClains.

Update: Danny Glover puts Lee and Marcus Higgins in the Twitter Hall of Shame.


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A bigot that should be prosecuted!

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Where’s the outrage?

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

This whole story is just awful. I wonder if the truth will ever be known and before any more violence.

gophergirl on March 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Did Spike Lee leave himself open for a legal liability? I don’t believe that the 1st Amendment covers stalking and harassing American citizens.

Dr Evil on March 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

On more than one occasion regarding the subject of the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have warned people about jumping to conclusions ahead of a thorough investigation.

Which you yourself blatantly ignored. Sheesh!

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The Press should be prosecuted for their part in this clusterfark!

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Even if the address had been correct, it still would have been the wrong thing to do. Lee should be ashamed of himself.

He would be, but Leftists are incapable of shame.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Spike Lee does the wrong thing

And? Surprise perhaps?

roy_batty on March 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I hope they sue spike lee for a whole lot of money. And I hope, if zimmerman story rings true, he sues the MSM for everything they have.

Is this the type of behavior that is acceptable in this country? Are we all going to stand by while people are threatened for no reason and mobs take over our streets and judicial system?

aniptofar on March 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

It won’t be too hard to boycott any future Spike Lee joints(are there any in the pipeline?), but I’m seriously contemplating whether or not I should remove from my collection the handful of his movies I currently own on Blu-ray. Plus I was considering picking up Malcolm X which just came out, but I’d rather not give anymore of my hard earned money to that a-hole.

Doughboy on March 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Let me go out on a limb. He’s not sorry he did this. If Spike Lee were a film maker, I would boycott his movies.

azkag on March 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Unbelievable!! So Spike Lee is against the vigilante slaying of Trayvon, but not against the vigilante slaying of Zimmerman? Only it won’t be Zimmerman that gets murdered. It will be two completely innocent victims because he is too reckless to verify the address of the man he is inciting people to murder! Wow! I hope they sue him for every racist nickel he has ever made. Jack*ss!

JAM on March 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Where is the investigation into the Black Panther Bounty?

Grunt on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

My favorite is Dick Gregory was killed so his organs could be harvested. And lets not forget the truancy and peace marches to loot drug stores. It’s going to get a lot worse no matter what happens.

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I had the great displeasure of peripherally knowing Spike Lee when I attended NYU film school in the late 70′s/early 80′s. Usually age mellows a person, but with the passage of time, this malignant dwarf has become even more of a blinkered, philistine, unreconstructed, pig-ignorant bigot and Jew-hater by orders of magnitude.

Lee should be taken to court and lose every penny of his ill-gotten money; money he made with films that stereotype in the best traditions of Leni Riefenstahl, Josef Goebbels and Fritz Hippler.

This is simply despicable and reprehensible. I wish G-d would resurrect Jackie Robinson long enough to rip his jersey off that putrid race-baiter and spit in his face.

Rixon on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The SOB should be locked up……of course that will
never happen….this is ONE instance where I would support
the people whose address he gave out filing a suit
against his azz!

ToddPA on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Once again Spike Lee makes himself the star of his own production. This one is called Lynch Mob 2012

cicerone on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Where’s the outrage?

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

It parked itself in DC so that the CBC moron representing Sanford, FL, could argue that Zimmerman deserved to be jailed “for his own safety”.

teke184 on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Zimmerman, unfortunately, will never see justice. Even if it is proved beyond doubt that the shooting was justified, nothing short of his arrest or worse will appease the race-baiters now.

Mord on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Some can hardly wait for the riots.

docflash on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Spike Lee (who looks like Barky’s son) should be sued for every penny he’s got and every penny he might earn in the future.

A world without more Spike Lee drivel on the screen is a better world, too. His movies are for retards and America-haters.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Better get that check book ready, and practice writing lots of Zeroes. Not only will he have lawyers to pay, but he’ll have to buy them a new house.

KillerKane on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Kinda like the banks foreclosing on the wrong address. Except worse.

That is unreal. He should have charges brought up on him.

As usual, the race card is played faster than the speed of light by the usual suspects…was it any surprise to see Sharpton run to the cameras as fast as he could?

Unfortunately, there is a ring of truth to that this time. Going by what we do know about this incident, the shooter pegged this kid as suspicious because he was black. Of that I have no doubt. Not to mention, the accused here doesn’t seem to be a poster child for sanity either.

I had no sympathy for Sean Bell’s shooting…he was certainly a threat at that time. This kid? Not so much.

JetBoy on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

He would be, but Leftists are incapable of shame.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Incapable of shame, sure.

Capable of having to pay out the wazoo to these people for putting an angry mob at their doorstep, though? Yes he is, though I’d love to see his defense in court for doing so.

teke184 on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

If the unholy trio of Sharpton, Jackson, and Lee are inserting themselves into the narrative you know a hustle’s going down.

Remember the OJ riots.

Wait, wha…?

CorporatePiggy on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

If anything terrible should happen to the McClains, I trust the authorities will charge Mr. Lee as a co-conspirator. /sarc

Mitoch55 on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

With all the official investigations going on, they’ll have to indict Zimmerman, regardless of the evidence. It’s now a political issue and they will be afraid not to indict him. A DOJ investigation? LOL.

a capella on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“He’s Facebook friends with Spike Lee now, MACGRUBER!”

MechanicalBill on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I’m sure those people who do live at the address are white and, therefore, just as racist and deserving of retribution as Zimmerman.

(I actually hate myself just a little more than usual for even going there, tongue-in-cheek as it was.)

landshark on March 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The couple has been forced out of their home.

pt on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

On more than one occasion regarding the subject of the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have warned people about jumping to conclusions ahead of a thorough investigation

The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled by the state’s attorney.

The issue here is the racist state attorney who needs to be fired. Apparently the life of a black man is not worth justice.

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Spike Lee must be prosecuted AND sued for his actions. I hope lawyers are lining up to help the McClains.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Where is the investigation into the Black Panther Bounty?

Grunt on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Holder can’t investigate himself.

CorporatePiggy on March 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman.

why is afraid in quotes? are they not really afraid? are they lying about being afraid?

ramrants on March 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Wasn’t Spike one of the ones to perpetuate the conspiracy that Bush and Cheney blew up the levee that led to the flooding of New Orlean’s 9th Ward?

Of course, the people who find Spike Lee as an upstanding individual worth following and listening to will ignore truth – if they’re aware of it in the first place.

There is a reason why Sharpton, Jesse and the gang continue to be in the public eye. People feed them so to speak.

Logus on March 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The Long Hot Summer of 2012. Black Power and the Obowmao Admin.

screwauger on March 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Hopefully, the couple can sue Spike Lee so he can do the green thing.

Pay up, sucka!

VibrioCocci on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Going by what we do know about this incident, the shooter pegged this kid as suspicious because he was black. Of that I have no doubt. Not to mention, the accused here doesn’t seem to be a poster child for sanity either.

JetBoy on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

No, that is incorrect. He didn’t know the race of the guy till he was prodded by the dispatcher and then he wasn’t sure at first. He made the initial 911 call without knowing skin coloer.

a capella on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Weren’t we all advised to “not jump to conclusions” in the Nidal Hassan, Ft Hood shooter, case??? Turns out that, sometimes the first conclusions are correct, as it was in Hassan’s case. The initial conclusion was that he was a jihadi hell-bent on killing US soldiers. The final conclusion? Same same.

This Zimmerman case is obviously not quite the same.

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

All Spike has to do to get off the hook is say his “insert whatever” was hacked.

upinak on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Spike Lee does the wrong thing

Perhaps Lee will “do the right thing”

it still would have been the wrong thing to do.

Once is funny, twice is amusing, but three times…

KingGold on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I had the great displeasure of peripherally knowing Spike Lee when I attended NYU film school in the late 70′s/early 80′s.

Rixon on March 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Same here with John Singleton, another nasty race baiter.

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

pt on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

From your link:

The confusion seems to stem from the fact the woman’s son is named William George Zimmerman and he lived briefly at the address in 1995.

When William Zimmerman pleaded with the man who tweeted the address, the man responded, “Black power all day. No justice, no peace” along with an obscenity.

I have no words. When informed of his mistake, he just says “Fluke you”?

Mord on March 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

“the rest of us should wait to see what facts can be established by these two investigations before jumping to any more conclusions”

There is a conclusion we can make. As of this time the evidence points to Zimmerman’s version of the story, and that is why he hasn’t been charged. It’s not illegal to defend yourself.

Anything more than that is just speculation, done by those that’s given us everything from the Duke Lacrosse Team to Richard Jewell.

MNHawk on March 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

No, that is incorrect. He didn’t know the race of the guy till he was prodded by the dispatcher and then he wasn’t sure at first. He made the initial 911 call without knowing skin coloer.

a capella on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Thank you.

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Idea!

Let’s prove (X) are not violent. Let’s make (Y) a villain, post his address online and convince (X) to murder them!

lorien1973 on March 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I’m sure Ed will post about the fake Trayvon Martin ‘gangsta’ pics.
Unless Michelle Malkin – who waited about 1 second before jumping on that bandwagon – forbids him to.
Epic fail, and just pathetic.
I’d be surprised if even she isn’t pretty ashamed of herself.

verbaluce on March 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Is Spike Lee also an epic fail and just pathetic?

I’ll answer for you, yes he is?

Considering how quickly MM responded to the Twitchy gaffe and your concerns that it was “not enough”, I’m assuming you’re going to be commenting non-stop until Spike Lee at least makes a correction and apologized to this poor couple.

hawkdriver on March 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Going by what we do know about this incident, the shooter pegged this kid as suspicious because he was black. Of that I have no doubt. Not to mention, the accused here doesn’t seem to be a poster child for sanity either.

JetBoy on March 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Speaking of which, consume a lot of morning “news” television, do you?

MNHawk on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

On more than one occasion regarding the subject of the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have warned people about jumping to conclusions ahead of a thorough investigation.

Hmm.

There is no situation where a confrontation you initiated, in which you were never threatened with mortal danger, can be legally ended by you using lethal force. Zimmerman should be charged with manslaughter or maybe even second degree murder under Florida law.

Ed, when are you going to address the premature bed wetting you and many other conservative commentators have done concerning this story?

NotCoach on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Wonder how many people hoping to collect that bounty plan to use a gun to do so.

Ukiah on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Wish the “media” would address Obama’s silence on the solicitation of kidnap/murder across state lines by the New Black Panther Party, solicitation of which is a blatant federal criminal act.

The MBPP declared they have a $10k bounty to be paid for anyone who brings them Zimmerman so “they” can prosecute him.

Will Eric Holder hide under his desk, as well? Is Holder a coward when it comes to race matters in America? This is the same organization Holder referred to as “my people” when he ordered the Justice Department to have charges dropped against the NBPP after they had already been convicted in federal court for their “antics” in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008.

Well, Barry? Eric? The rest of the People of these United States await your response.

coldwarrior on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Idiot

cmsinaz on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Once is funny, twice is amusing, but three times…

KingGold on March 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Yeah…expecting a self-promating, liberal jaggoff to do the right thing is funny enough….but the joke gets old pretty fast.

Tim_CA on March 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Pathetic, hyperbolic and militant is no way to go through life Ma’am.

hawkdriver on March 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Artists never do the wrong thing. They’re beautiful snowflakes and you just don’t understand their brilliance.

bernverdnardo1 on March 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Unless Michelle Malkin – who waited about 1 second before jumping on that bandwagon – forbids him to.
Epic fail, and just pathetic.
I’d be surprised if even she isn’t pretty ashamed of herself.

verbaluce on March 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Well, boy, let’s see the fail in your post, shall we?

This isn’t Michelle Malkin’s site. If you have a problem with Malkin, man up, boy, and take it up with Malkin.

Nothing in that pic identified who it was anyway.

This whole story has been ginned up to whip up the passions of the stupid, and right on cue, there he is.

MNHawk on March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It’s obvious that Spike thought Zimmerman was a Jew.

Mr. Arkadin on March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The issue here is the racist state attorney

who needs to be fired. Apparently the life of a black man is not worth justice.

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

And right on cue, you Jump to a Conclusion.

How do you know for a fact that the State Attorney is a “racist”?

Please amuse us with your response.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

While it’s unlikely that the media will stop reporting tidbits of the story without knowing their full context, the rest of us should wait to see what facts can be established by these two investigations before jumping to any more conclusions — and before putting innocent people at risk like the McClains.

Nancy Pelosi would not agree with this form of sanity. (See Obamacare)

Rovin on March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I hope Lee gets sued.

vcferlita on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Thanks to the national attention the case has draw, we now have two major investigations under way, one by the Department of Justice (an investigation endorsed by Rep. Allen West) and another by the state of Florida.

No, what we have underway is a collective rush to judgement. An indictment is coming no matter what the evidence shows.

NotCoach on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

For the sake of the vigilantes, they’re lucky Spike didn’t post the address of John McClane!

rjkitch13 on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

If you’re against vigilantes taking matters into their own hands, except when it comes to dealing with George Zimmerman, #YouMightBeALiberal.

I hope the McClains sue the shirt off Spike Lee’s back.

And where is the DoJ while the Black Panthers hold a ransom over Zimmerman’s head and aggressively foment violence. Will Congress hold Holder accountable this time or not.

Obviously the leftists are fanning the flames. So are the black liberation theology leaders, the ilk of Jeremiah Wright.

Where is Øbama’s leadership? Conspicuously absent, or at least out of sight.

petefrt on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled by the state’s attorney.

Police do not file charges. Attorneys, i.e., the prosecutor does. The prosecutor’s opinion was that there was insufficient evidence to file.

The issue here is the racist state attorney who needs to be fired. Apparently the life of a black man is not worth justice.

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You need to be fired. You’re getting crazier in every comment you make.

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

OT:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is doing a special on Friday: “After Travon.”

What could go wrong?

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

why is afraid in quotes? are they not really afraid? are they lying about being afraid?

ramrants on March 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I’m going to take a wld guess here. I’ll take afraid for 1000.

katy the mean old lady on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Lee should be ashamed of himself.

He should be, but he won’t be. Ashamed does not exist in the liberal’s language.

rukiddingme on March 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

it’s unlikely that the media will stop reporting tidbits of the story without knowing their full context

And the media will continue to ignore the Christian/Newsom Murders

ITguy on March 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

No, what we have underway is a collective rush to judgement. An indictment is coming no matter what the evidence shows.

NotCoach on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Boy, that’s for sure. The special atty has said she is trying to file charges without having to present it to a grand jury. I wonder why? And while whining about leaks, her office is leaking like a sieve. I have no faith in this political hack.

Blake on March 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM

While it’s unlikely that the media will stop reporting tidbits of the story without knowing their full context, the rest of us should wait to see what facts can be established by these two investigations before jumping to any more conclusions — and before putting innocent people at risk like the McClains.

Isn’t that something the leader of our country should be saying as well? Oh yea, we don’t have a leader.

scalleywag on March 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM

OT:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is doing a special on Friday: “After Travon.”

What could go wrong?

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

subtitle: “What’s Wikipedia say, m’dear?”

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Zimmerman’s going to have to join the Witness Protection Program at this point. I think there are some serious questions about what went down that day and how the police handled it, but the thirst for blood is unnerving. No wonder the guy fears for his life.

changer1701 on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know what recourse the elderly Zimmerman couple has, but if I were them, I’d lawyer-up! Time to send Spike Lee’s personal attorney a cease & desist letter with a demand that he pull his Twitter feed until this issue is resolved. I’d also put a few lines in there about how he is now personally liable for their safety and well-being should any harm come to them or their property as a result of him “acting stupidly” with their address.

Time to start showing the Lefties in this country that their thuggish Alinsky practices will be met with equal and opposite legal force.

powerpickle on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If they’re White who cares?? They’re part of the problem!

SouthernGent on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Between the bounty and Punk Lee, self defense will be a breeze when the next black gets blasted

Sonosam on March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Another sad and angering thing is that if George Zimmerman is exonerated by these investigations, the black community will never buy it. They’ll just scream “injustice” and “racism”. There will be no healing. The only outcome those people will accept is George Zimmerman convicted of murder.

Bitter Clinger on March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

OT:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is doing a special on Friday: “After Travon.”

What could go wrong?

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Are we going to explore this in the context of critical race theory?

KingGold on March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Also, the more we allow the media to keep the Trayvon Martin shooting a focus of attention, the less attention the public is paying to other things. I have a feeling that the administration wants people to be distracted and not paying attention right now…

ITguy on March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Sue for slander

faraway on March 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled by the state’s attorney.

Girlfriend, if you’re going to attempt to lie to everybody here, at least attempt to work some basic civics into your post, as you obviously failed.

As noted already, police don’t charge anyone. The DA does.

MNHawk on March 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

NotCoach on March 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Hmm, was that not part of comments sent to Ed by a FL resident in an email?

hawkdriver on March 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Well, boy, let’s see the fail in your post, shall we?

This isn’t Michelle Malkin’s site. If you have a problem with Malkin, man up, boy, and take it up with Malkin.

Nothing in that pic identified who it was anyway.

This whole story has been ginned up to whip up the passions of the stupid, and right on cue, there he is.

MNHawk on March 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It seems pretty appropriate to bring it up on this site. Ed wrote a post decrying jumping to conclusions about tidbits of the story that are coming out (and even gave a hat tip to Twitchy). Michelle Malkin’s mistake was pretty much exactly that.

Now, I think Spike Lee’s case is much worse, because it could have resulted in violence against innocent people (or even violence against non-innocent people who still didn’t deserve it), and he also hasn’t apologized yet while Michelle did. And Ed is not obligated to report on every mistake that is made on both political sides (though obviously he posts almost exclusively about bad/stupid things that only one side does). But it’s pretty reasonable for a commenter to bring up Twitchy’s mistake in this thread.

tneloms on March 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

can you say, Rodney King(-Martin); the bricks are coming out and it’s going to get ugly.

screwauger on March 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Is Spike guilty of a hate crime?

faraway on March 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Between the dead or alive bounty and the address, this couple is very lucky their house wasn’t blown up. Glad they moved out til this blows over, but the least Lee can do is offer to pay their expenses.

There’s a reason they call these Hollyweirds “celebutards”.

DeniseVB on March 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Why can’t I ever get lucky enough to be improperly identified by a rich jerkwad whom I can later sue?

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know what recourse the elderly Zimmerman couple has, but if I were them, I’d lawyer-up! Time to send Spike Lee’s personal attorney a cease & desist letter with a demand that he pull his Twitter feed until this issue is resolved. I’d also put a few lines in there about how he is now personally liable for their safety and well-being should any harm come to them or their property as a result of him “acting stupidly” with their address.

Time to start showing the Lefties in this country that their thuggish Alinsky practices will be met with equal and opposite legal force.

powerpickle on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

That’s a great quote for this situation. What’s the likelihood of Obama going on TV to say that Spike Lee “acted stupidly”? Less than zero.

Bitter Clinger on March 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Cynical as it may be, I hope the Latino voters will be able to see the reality as it is outside the immigration issue. And the reality is that they are being marginalized by the Black Establishment as “not colored enough”. I also hope that the Republican candidate, whoever he may be, will have the gonads to rub the Latinos’ collective nose into that fact.

Archivarix on March 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“Elaine is probably a bigoted whitey anyway, so she still deserves what might happen.”

-lib

Bishop on March 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

tneloms on March 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

quick look, a Unicorn (with pixie dust and flour)
blow it out your twitter feed!

screwauger on March 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The McClains should sue Spike Lee for his floor seats at the Lakers. And then, when they win, show up at every game with posters about how despicable Spike Lee is.

And, maybe, his home address and telephone number.

Timothy S. Carlson on March 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled by the state’s attorney.

The issue here is the racist state attorney who needs to be fired. Apparently the life of a black man is not worth justice.

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Do you have any actual evidence that the state attorney is a racist? Or are you just spouting nonsense again?

Can we please get some decent trolls around here?

stvnscott on March 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled by the state’s attorney.

The issue here is the racist state attorney who needs to be fired. Apparently the life of a black man is not worth justice.

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Rush to judgment: Duke lacrosse players.

Arrest the guy. What’s the charge? Want to bet on his conviction? On that last question, I don’t know. From what I understand, there’s a minute we don’t know about.

Feel free to disagree, but Zimmerman’s inquiring about what Williams was up to shouldn’t warrant a beatdown. Whether a beatdown warrants the use of deadly force is something that a jury will have to decide.

In the meantime, welcome to 2012. It’s not the mid-1960s.

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Pretty sneaky of Zimmerman to be on his back, on the grass, screaming “help me, help me” at the top of his lungs, and breaking his own nose, cutting his own scalp, as he shot the “victim” at point blank range. The poor victim was probably just trying to grab Zimmerman’s gun to inspect it, and make sure the safety was on.

RBMN on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Jim Treacher points out the irony in this story:

If you’re against vigilantes taking matters into their own hands, except when it comes to dealing with George Zimmerman, #YouMightBeALiberal.

good one Treacher.

ted c on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The would not be the first time in American history though.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It’s also not the first time in history that liberals/leftists have tried to make political hay on the backs of dead bodies.
Facts be damned! Let’s go hang a white guy!

You ‘people’ are a joke. An old, tired, not-so-funny joke.

Solaratov on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Is Spike guilty of a hate crime?

faraway on March 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

He’s guilty of a crime. Hate is what his life is organized around. That, and stupidity. Spike ain’t much of a thinker.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

THE ELDERLY COUPLE HAS HAD TO FLEE THEIR HOME FOR FEAR OF THEIR SAFETY

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/28/elderly-couple-forced-out-home-after-tweet-claims-killer-trayvon-miller-lives/#ixzz1qONII6KM?test=latestnews

Also, for all the pissant PC liberals that decided that Zimm should be arrested – he WAS taken to the police station in handcuffs and had charges pressed against him according to the POLICE REPORT thats published over at the Daily Caller.

This whole case is a textbook example of a “fact free discussion”.

Defenestratus on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

KingGold on March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

ZING!

scalleywag on March 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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