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HLN Criticized for Giving Zimmerman's Racist Friend Airtime

HLN Criticized for Giving Zimmerman's Racist Friend Airtime

CNN's sister network, HLN, is being criticized for continuing to give George Zimmerman's racist friend airtime to discuss the Michael Dunn trial and the killing of African-Americans boys.

Published February 14, 2014

Why is Frank Taaffe's microphone still on? That is what some are asking as CNN's sister network, HLN, continues to give George Zimmerman's racist friend airtime to discuss the Michael Dunn trial and the killing of African-Americans boys. 

Taaffe was called to give commentary on behalf of Zimmerman during his trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin last year. He is a former fellow neighborhood watch volunteer and is an ex-convict, according to Mother Jones. Taaffe also started a white power podcast called Standing Our Ground.

In his latest remarks on the network, Taaffe used FBI statistics of African-American violence to defend Michael Dunn's decision to shoot and kill Jordan Davis in November 2012.

"You talk about the white man being the devil? Well, here's a fact. I want to only discuss the facts in the Michael Dunn case and particularly about crime in America," Taaffe said on Dr. Drew On Call last week.

He continued to say that African-Americans are 12 percent of the population, but commit the most "disproportionate" amount of violent crimes. "Over 60 percent of the murders were committed by African-Americans. And 32 percent were under the age of 18. So, when Michael Dunn pulled into that gas station, you know, you wonder why we have these premonitions."

During his first-degree murder trial, Dunn testified that Davis showed him a gun and threatened him, and left Dunn with no option but to fire his weapon. "I was in fear for my life and I was probably stunned," he said.

A jury was still deliberating a verdict as of Friday morning. 


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Written by Natelege Whaley

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