Trayvon Martin’s Family “Sued” by Insurance Company

The Huffington Post’s Trymaine Lee has been one of the worst reporters to cover the Trayvon Martin shooting.  This article is a case in point.

Here’s an objective recitation of the situation, as related to this article:

1. The Retreat at Twin Lakes’s Homeowner’s Association appointed George Zimmerman as it’s neighborhood watch coordinator in September 2011.

2. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman while in the The Retreat at Twin Lakes.

3. A month after Martin was killed, the Homeowner’s Association took out a liability policy with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

4. Trayvon Martin’s family filed a claim against the insurance company.

5. The insurance company is now seeking clarification of its rights and obligations as to that claim in federal court.

Sounds pretty straightforward, eh?

Well, if you’re Trymaine Lee, this is yet another opportunity to carry water for Benjamin Crump, the Trayvon Martin family attorney who has been a constant source of misinformation to both the HuffPost and MSNBC.

Note how Lee’s framing of the issue (“Trayvon Martin’s Family Sued By Insurance Company Disputing Mother’s Claim Against Homeowners”) allows Crump to sound reasonable in contrast.  Also, note that no other person is quoted for the article.  Other than references to the Orlando Sentinel article, that lacks Lee’s slant, and quotes from the federal filing on behalf of Travelers, there is simply no foundation at all for Lee’s framing.

The final touch, of course, is the sympathetic photograph of Trayvon’s parents.  This article, like many written by Lee about this ongoing story, was not designed to inform his readers.  It was designed to inflame them.

Ah, but don’t worry.  Trymaine Lee is a Pulitzer Prize winner.  I guess that makes it okay.


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