When the media hate you, it's hard to catch a break. George Zimmerman got another reminder of that life-altering reality today during court as CNN broadcast his Social Security number and other pertinent data.
During one police detective's testimony, the prosecution pulled up the police report and the video feed gave a close-up view of Zimmerman's personal information, including his "address, date of birth, Social Security number and phone number," according to Politico.
CNN lamely took no responsibility for what it did.
Zimmerman is on trial for murder for shooting 17 year-old Trayvon Martin and has been a target for media and left-wing attack. He was already the victim of deceptive editing by NBC. That editing was so bad that Zimmerman sued the network because editing made him appear racist, cutting out how a police dispatcher asked him Martin's race. Ironically, on the June 10 "Today" Legal Expert Lisa Bloom asked, "Has media coverage already influenced this jury?"
Not only has it influenced his trial, it has now destroyed his privacy. According to ABC, losing such information is extremely dangerous:
"With it an identity thief can wreak havoc, hijacking your old credit accounts, establishing new ones, buying cars and houses, committing crimes, even obtaining medical products and services while pretending to be you, endangering not just your credit and your reputation, but also your life."
For its part, CNN is well aware of the dangers of identity theft it has made Zimmerman vulnerable to, based on articles it has posted on the subject:
- Identity thieves could rake in $26 billion in tax refunds
- Man accused of killing identity theft victims gets 30-year sentence
- Brooklyn man convicted of killing ID theft victims
There's even a CNN video reporting that $6.5 billion in tax refund fraud is related to identity theft.