A few months ago, Spike Lee made a little faux pas. He tweeted what he thought was George Zimmerman’s home address, which turned out to belong to an elderly couple who have no connection to Zimmerman whatsoever. They had to flee their home. Whoops!
Now, even Zimmerman’s old phone number isn’t safe. Orlando Sentinel:
At age 49, Junior Alexander Guy got his first cell phone last month. The calls started immediately.
Strangers called at all hours. Some were insulting. Others angry. Sometimes, they threatened him.
“You deserve to die!”
By Day 2 he figured out what was going on: T-Mobile had given him the phone number formerly used by George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February…
He has moved out of his home and relocated his mother, who had lived with him, to a different location, he said.
“I was not only afraid for my life, I was afraid for my mother’s,” he said.
Too bad. He should’ve thought about that before he decided to get the same phone number as a guy who doesn’t look like Obama’s son. He should consider himself lucky he hasn’t been beaten up as “justice for Trayvon.”
The sensationalized, fact-deficient coverage of this case has achieved the desired results. The networks got their ratings. The politicians got their talking points. And if it means innocent people get caught in the middle of the racial enmity they’ve fomented, obviously it’s considered acceptable collateral damage.
Congratulations, geniuses. Job well done.