UPDATE: The interview has been postponed.
George Zimmerman, the embattled defendant whose lawful armed defense was vindicated by a jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, will speak for the first time in detail about his continuing ordeal on the nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program with host Mark Walters, Howard Communications announced Monday. The exclusive live discussion, to be conducted on Sunday, October 19, will be broadcast from a remote, undisclosed location.
“Although exonerated in court, Zimmerman’s life was turned upside down through constant attacks by the media on his privacy and character which continue to this day, the Howard media advisory explains. “[T] he show will be an opportunity for the public to hear Zimmerman’s side of the story for the first time without the typical media bias against the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense.”
“Unlike the reporters, media outlets, haters and government officials who sought and continue to seek to destroy him to this day, I have had the opportunity to get to know him personally,” Walters related. “Regardless of what ones thoughts are regarding the circumstances surrounding his case and its eventual outcome, George Zimmerman deserves and has earned the right to be heard, in his own voice in a forum that will allow him to speak freely without a decided bias against him.”
Zimmerman’s appearance will be a journalistic coup for the niche gun rights program, as major networks and news outlets failed to establish the trust necessary to induce him to place himself in a position of further scrutiny by them. Walters, who in the past has interviewed brother Robert Zimmerman several times, will devote the entire broadcast to the exclusive conversation.
Unknown at this time will be the extent of anticipated reactions by those in the angrily vocal camp against George Zimmerman, notably from personalities like Al Sharpton, and from members of the New Black Panther Party, who in 2012 offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s capture. It is for reasons of personal safety and security, as well as so the interview does not get disrupted and halted by protesters, that the physical location is being withheld.
Armed American Radio, distributed nationally by Salem Radio Network in hundreds of cities, can be heard every Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m. Eastern Time / 5 to 8 p.m. Pacific Time. The AAR website includes tabs to find local stations nationwide and to listen via live streaming in areas that do not yet have broadcast coverage.