On Monday night’s show, Joe played audio excerpts from Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with the woman dubbed Juror B37 — one of the six women who served in the jury of the Zimmerman trail. Joe called the interview, “refreshing,” and a breath of fresh air to hear someone on TV who was drawing conclusions based solely on the evidence.
Juror B37 explained to Cooper how she and the rest of the jury viewed Zimmerman:
I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done. But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.
Juror B37 went on to talk about Rachel Jeantel, perhaps the trial’s most memorable character, and said that Jeantel wasn’t exactly viewed as the most “credible” witness by the jury. “I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communications skills. I just felt sadness for her,” Juror B37 said. “She just wasn’t a good witness.”
Cooper asked the juror whether or not she believed that Zimmerman, “felt his life was in danger.” She responded, “I do. I really do.”
Juror B37 also revealed that she felt Trayvon Martin threw the first punch. “He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.”
If you haven’t already, we urge you to watch the entire interview. It shows how a sequestered jury, isolated from media narratives, political opportunists and race-baiting so-called “community leaders,” can come to a logical conclusion by hearing only the facts.
Joe warned that the mainstream media would manipulate the interview to fit their narrative, and of course, they have. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Reverend Al Sharpton questioned the jury selection process, channeling his inner Alex Jones.
“She has a book deal. When did the book company approach her, when no one was supposed to have known who the jurors were,” said Sharpton. “How was she contacted? How do you cut a deal when we just went to business on Monday morning and no one was even supposed to know the jurors?”
Sharpton continued to share his elaborate conspiracy theories as he began to raise concerns over Juror B37’s possible — but highly unlikely — relationship with Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara. “You get down to her husband being a lawyer in a very small community. Did her husband know Mark O’Mara,” asked Sharpton. “How did she get on the jury?”
I find it odd that a nightly television host doesn’t understand how the world of cable news operates. Perhaps an MSNBC producer could explain to Sharpton how, you know, it’s kind of their job to track down principals of a major story for interviews, sooner rather than later.
Keep on living in a world of self-created delusional disbelief, MSNBC.
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