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April 2nd, 2012
12:42 PM ET

Piers and Touré Square Off Over Robert Zimmerman Interview

On Friday, MSNBC contributor and author Touré sat down with Piers Morgan to challenge his decision to interview Robert Zimmerman, brother of George Zimmerman. Touré sparked a feud with Piers on Twitter on Thursday night when he wrote, "Piers did not challenge Robert Zimmerman the way a professional journalist should." Piers responded, "Oh Toure, you're such a tedious little twerp," starting an exchange that lasted until Touré came to CNN to face Piers on-camera.

Touré accused Piers of misinforming the public and claimed that Piers did not do enough to challenge Robert Zimmerman's account of Trayvon Martin's shooting. "You aren't challenging him the way that you needed you, too, the way that we needed you to, the way that other more responsible journalists are doing," said Touré. In response, Piers played back a clip during which he clearly challenged Zimmerman's claim that his brother had been injured during an altercation with Martin. "If you watch the interview back, you will see that I challenge him repeatedly about that particular of words that his brother used under his breath, repeatedly, as any professional journalist will do," Piers said.

The debate continued, as Touré made the claim that Piers could not comment on the situation as he was too "new" to America. "You're showing you clearly don't understand the depth of the pain in the American soul that is at play in this situation," said Touré. "There are notes, subtleties, nuances - there's a depth of history within this that you can't possibly understand."

Touré later conceded on Twitter that he may have let his ego overshadow the larger issue at hand – the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death: "I should not have gotten caught up in 'winning' the debate with Piers. I got caught up with 'winning' on some masculine bravado bs when my whole point has always been justice for this boy. I lost sight of that." Read More: Toure apologizes for Piers Morgan meltdown.

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  1. JOJO Smith

    you rock Peirs!!!! Hey Toure, you are now eating your words about the comment of distoration of the news, you and NBC< ABC need to quit editing police tapes and inciting riots to support your own political agenda.... Toure, definetly needs a class in racisim and professional journalism!!!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      I agree with. There is no, none, zilch indication that racism was involved. There are people out there who want it to be so. People who profit from racial hatred. The bottom line is people seem to believe everything they hear and see on the Internet and in the news. Use some common sense people and let the investigation find the truth.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sarah Scott

        Auntie, You are right and yes Zimmerman should have a big mash on the back of head because Tray Martin was fighting back. He tried to get away but when he could not, then begin to flight back and to call for help–who would not do this?

        April 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • shinglesqa

        Piers was out for one thing – the truth!

        July 4, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard Dunigan

      Toure' is just like the rest, Piers put him to shame with good down home journalism. Where is the call for justice in the cold blooded murder of an unarmed White Iraqi War Veteran who was gunned down in front of his then 8 year old White daughter in a public park. The Black Killer, went back in side the safety of his home. Did he lock the door and call the Police for support....NO! He picked up his gun (showing intent not standing his ground inside the safety of his home) hiding it in his front pocket (again intent, carrying a concealed weapon), walked across the street to the public park (again intent, and pursuing his victim). Where is the all holy Al Sharpton, the Rev Jesse Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey demanding justice. Lets see if CNN and Soledad O'Brien will come out and support and demand justice in the murder of the White Iraqi War Veteran gunned down in front of his 8 year old White daughter, or will she keep quite because is was not a black person. Where is the Justice Department, the US Attorney General, the Florida Attorney General, and Governor Rick Scott demanding justice for this fatherless little girl?

      April 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • kory

        The difference Richard is the 'Black Killer' as you call him was charged, and is standing trial, rightfully so. Zimmerman has not faced either.

        April 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • rokolie18

        You know while I agree that people should use common sense I disagree that Toure was wrong in questioning why Zimmerman's brother should be allowed on air to comment on a case he knows nothing about especially since it was learnt that he hasn't maintained any kind of relationship with Zimmerman. Further, i also completely agree with Toure that this was racial profiling and Mr. Piers does not have the knowledge or experience needed to handle his up air meeting with Zimmerman even though he has lived in America for 6 years. I've lived in America for 17 years, obtained a masters degree and can't claim that I am qualified to know the inequalities experienced by African Americans or any other race. I think all Americans are too sensitive on the issue of race, religion and politics. In order for a peaceful world we all need to realize that there's only one race "Human race" and start treating our neighbors the way we want to be treated.

        April 3, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Ccares

        Sir, have you ever thought, maybe they were NOT ASKED FOR THEIR HELP!!!

        April 4, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Average guy

        @Ccares – The point is that they shouldn't have to be asked...they should defend social injustice even when it's not a person of color who is the "victim"...they're not being objective in their calls for justice.

        April 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nelson

      Touré? Who is Touré?! Who is this idiot?

      April 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Chap62

        I think he is a AL and Jesse wanna be.......

        April 3, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • REX

      I agree, Piers did a great interview and should not be made to feel otherwise. I wonder if Toure would have been neutral in his reporting and interviewing of Zimmerman's brother– NOT. If there is anyone worthy of chastisement it is Toure and not Piers, and if Toure was representing his network's view, then it shows that network is not abiding by professional standards of practice in journalism. By his heated inflammatory remarks he only added fuel to a wound in history that needs healing and not the kind of rhetoric and unprofessionalism that he displayed

      April 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam900

      Toure is as dishonest as those people from NBC who want to incite violence by manipulating the call from Zimmerman.

      April 3, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gui Hartnett

    I'm sorry, but Peirs lost a lot of journalistic integrity as well in this faceoff. To completely refute Toure's claim of a lack of depth of understanding for Africna American culture and history by saying, "I've been here 7 years"...

    African-American history is completely different than any experience Peirs has had being raised in Europe, and he should have acknowledged that then moved on to his experience in providing interviews with people who have lived the complexity of the situation.

    I would never claim to understand a similar integral and systemic issue as racism in Europe if I didn't grow up there, or even lived 25 years there.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      My posts seem to NOT GET POSTED! MAYBE this reply will?
      I agree with you, he did not belong doing this interview and Toure WAS correct, though a bit rough around the edges but with passion, which is not the only thing that Piers lacks. I'm a white mother wanting justice for this 17 yr old and happy to see that you, Toure, pushed Piers buttons and told it like it is (you will eat some of your words along the way, til you learn a bit of polish!)

      April 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dean Barager

        Piers Morgan is a joke, his show needs to be pulled from the air....

        April 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Richard

        Would someone tell me why would Piers have someone on CNN with speculation sharing secondhand information. Was what Robert had to say first hand I beg to say not and their was no need for him to be on CNN

        April 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Richard Dunigan

        What about this White Mother of a Fatherless Daughter? Where is the call for justice in the cold blooded murder of an unarmed White Iraqi War Veteran who was gunned down in front of his then 8 year old White daughter in a public park. The Black Killer, went back in side the safety of his home. Did he lock the door and call the Police for support....NO! He picked up his gun (showing intent not standing his ground inside the safety of his home) hiding it in his front pocket (again intent, carrying a concealed weapon), walked across the street to the public park (again intent, and pursuing his victim). Where is the all holy Al Sharpton, the Rev Jesse Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey demanding justice. Lets see if CNN and Soledad O'Brien will come out and support and demand justice in the murder of the White Iraqi War Veteran gunned down in front of his 8 year old White daughter, or will she keep quite because is was not a black person. Where is the Justice Department, the US Attorney General, the Florida Attorney General, and Governor Rick Scott demanding justice for this fatherless little girl?

        April 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah Scott

        Julie and Gui, Piers did handle this situation much differently than what Larry King would have done. I do not have anything against him but I do not think he is the right fit for that show and this thought came before the Tray Martin's thing.

        April 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gimmeabreak!

        Isn't it about time we stop with the jungle justice – Al, Jesse, Spike, Toure?

        April 3, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      you want him to recuse himself from any journalistic endeavor that covers nuance like Black America in this country. O.K. I hear but then every journalist out there will have to shut up about some area that he or she is culturally not proficient in.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      We ALL have history. We ALL have heritage. We are ALL part of something bigger than ourselves. Even the Brits have history, from whence America (US & Canada) came. The level of 'understanding' you are asking for is something that you don't even have multigenerational within your own society. You do not know what is was like for our ancestors. You carry the cross as though it is yours. Their burdens and their hardships belong to them. They set us free, it is up to us to move forward.

      April 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • pop

        Set us free from WHAT?!?!?!?!?!!??! We are STILL socially AND economically ENSLAVED you're an IDIOT if you feel otherwise............

        April 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        You're the idiot if you don't' realize that EVERYONE is enslaved in the same general economic terms of which you speak. Regardless of race. It's called CAPITALISM.

        April 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dixieweasel

      You guys are so far off the original case it's not even funny. There is no indication of racism. People want this to be about racism, black and white (even though Zimmerman is hispanic), and hoodies. Certain people need it to be about racism. Too bad for those people who have to see racism in everything. What a terrible way to live.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • MsMaryland

        YES ! and note to self, it was raining the day Trayvon was murdered!

        April 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Commenter

        @MsMaryland – Murder has not been proven in this case. If you were actually there for the confrontation that took place and you witnessed a murder, by all means please contact the police and give them your testimony. If you WEREN'T there, then kindly refrain from making a mockery of this genuine pursuit of justice currently being carried out by law enforcement and learn how to say "ALLEGEDLY murdered".

        April 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Dunigan

      You know this African American Slavery song has played out long ago. The ones that keep it going are the individuals for profit, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton Toure'. It was not the White Man that enslaved the black man, it was his own African people, who sold them to the Dutch, and who yes not only sold them to the white man, but also to black men who owned slaves in America. I never heard General Collen Powell claim discrimination as Secertary of State, or Ms Rice. They did not come from Wealthy families, but studied hard and used the system to their advantage, and that does not mean selling drugs, your girlfriend, or your wife on the streets.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kewlgirl

        What is the profit in demanding answers to how your son is killed?
        don't delude yourself into thinking Condi Rice and Colin Powell don't share the same concerns as Sharpton and Jackson. Condi speaks about the impact of the killing of those 3 little girls in the church bombing when she was growing up. Every black person in America is aware of this country's dark racist past and the extent that it influences so much of life today. Martin was not selling drugs, his girlfriend or his wife on the street. Why was he killed? And why was his killer set free? We ALL want to know. BTW, Zimmerman is the one with a history of domestic violence against his girlfriend – or did you miss that?

        April 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Maryland

      PM is a good guy but Lord knows during Whitney's televised funeral, PM was just in awe when experiencing and watching how a Black Baptist Church & how the going home services are conducted... I mean, not to say he's anything but human, we just have to accept the fact that there are a few who could care less to really understand black culture. Its sad, but true. Curiosity and knowledge about the world should be limitless, endless...

      April 4, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. pirot

    I think Toure is one of those black opportunist like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee who will use the race card whenever they're given the opportunity. First off George Zimmerman is hispanic although in the beginning they reffered to him as white hispanic or just a white man. Why don't we call Obama white black guy, black white guy? I don't agree that he's the first black president in the first place because he is half white and half black. Is he the first black President because he looks more black than white? So we should say he's the first black looking President. Maybe the President is also a racist because he doesn't mention he's white mom and white grandparents who raised him. He refers to himself as black because it's all about politics. Who's the racist in this picture?

    I don't understand why when a crime is committed by a white looking person against a black individual it becomes about race. The media immediately jumps into it as a race issue. But when black kids or individual commits a crime against whites or other race it's never a hate crime or a race issue. So black people can't be racist because their black. There is a double standard in this country and we all know it. Someday the time will come when everybody is just a mix of many races and black folks can't claim that it's about race. We'll just be fighting about another issue.

    Stop blaming the white folks for all your pain and suffering because all humanity from different races and social status have pain we just don't whine about every 2 seconds. We deal with our pain and do the best that we can to survive.

    To Trayvon's mom I feel for you because I know how it feels like to loose someone you love. What I don't understand is why do you trademark "I am Trayvon" which is just one of the trademark you applied for when you're supposed to be out there seeking justice?

    April 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      AND here YOU are talking about: race this and race that, and talking about social awareness!
      I am a white woman and a mother reading your VERY STUPID AND IGNORANT COMMENT, thinking IF the race card worked as a free pass to justice WE WOULD NOT BE HERE...WOULD WE? teach your children about other cultures???
      Are you trying to take the focus off the issue at hand? how dumb are you?

      April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • pirot

        I know Julie the truth hurts but ignorant and stupid people like you is incurable. America is a pill popping country I wish they come up with a pill that gives you common sense.

        April 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • pirot

        The good thing about America is it's a free country. We have freedom of speech. That's the reason why you and I can express our opinions.

        Yes, all of this chaos started because the race issue was put out there. If my post irritates you then say something intelligent.

        April 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blinders

        Thank you for standing up, this website is fool of "trolls." Seems like normal debates cannot be had without calling names and if you look on any "minority" topic, it's full of negative comments. You can't "stand up" without being called a names, as to further their agenda and/or disguise the their hate through deflection. Majority of us really want to live peacefully with each other and THANK YOU JULIE, right is right, wrong is wrong. I don't care what race, we should all stand up for each other. I know here in NC, a young girl (president of UNC) was murdered ~2008. I knew of no one who didn't stand up and mourn for her (she was white). It still bothers me. I will not stand by for racism, I will fight against it and I will not be quiet about it. We should care and love each other, just that simple. ALL THIS HATE and for what?.... The ironic thing, is the same people that spill hate, are the same ones, you (Julie) and I would be there for.

        April 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Julie

        Pirot...YOU speak about the TRUTH? LOL! according to YOU? then ACTUALLY THINK that YOUR comments irritate me? NOT AT are a NOBODY who thinks by calling me ignorant and stupid (when you can't think of anything else)
        will somehow making into a somebody? Poor you, one can ONLY feel sorry for you.

        April 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Richard

        Go collect your food stamps and welfare monthy checks for now, but shortly they will be gone.............

        April 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Julie

        Richard...just couldn't think of anything to clever to say, ah??

        April 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Well said

      April 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      You are exactly correct Pirot. Sharpton and Jackson got exactly what they wanted; everyone talking about race when that isn't the issue at all. People on this post are too dumb to know it and too dumb to learn what very few facts there are in this case. Half of these people have forgotten about Martin and Zimmerman. Blacks will never let the race issue go, it's all they have.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Pirot

    Another fact now that everybody knows that George Zimmerman is Hispanic this crime is not about race anymore it never was in the first place. Now the villain is the hoodie. To all parents teach your kids about people of different culture. Black and white is not the only race out there. Social awareness and understanding other peoples culture is the key. Stop thinking that using the race card as your free pass to justice.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Oh, let me stop and pay attention...more facts LOL!

      April 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mary

    I applaud Piers Morgan in the way he handled his interview with Zimmerman. What happened is a disgrace. How do you not arrest someone who took another man's life – an unarmed 17 year old, half the man's size! I'm neither Black or Hispanic. I believe in justice no matter who you are!!!!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      Someone has reported that Martin was over 6' tall and 200 pounds. He wasn't a little boy like they show in the photographs. Let law enforcement do it's job and the truth will come out.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julie

        Someone has reported? oh

        April 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        Police report indicates he was 6 feet tall and 160 lbs.

        April 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis Calabro

      Mary, We should probably wait until the FBI, DOJ and Florida State Att.General issue reports. Then we can probably start screaming at each other. I think they are die around the 10th of April. Louie

      April 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Walt

    Piers you showed a complete lack of any sensitivity to a colleague who was in obvious pain and admitted as much.
    When I watched the program, initially, I thought you were doing a decent job, however, as the interview progressed it became clear that Zimmerman began to stumble, employ conjecture, and said whatever came to mind that would serve his brother. You appeared to begin to identify with Zimmerman and the challenging waned. He was able to make statements that did not add up or would not possess any knowledge, but went unchallenged and the follow-up was lacking.. My challenge to you is to go back and look at this tape all the way through with an open mind and evaluate yourself or with a trusted honest person.
    Toure had it right regarding the last part of the interview. You did not say anything to indicate understanding. Whether it was ego or defensiveness or both, it was rather clear that you did not relate to Toure on any level, not even as a colleague in pain. It's clear, he was disappointed and hurt. You could have been the neutral person in this situation and at least tried to offer him EMPATHY as a black male living in America who as part of a group historically subjected to many injustices.. To thank Zimmerman for "speaking up" for his brother felt like a slap and a seal of approval for what seemed incredible.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      I could not have put it better myself! Piers looked so shocked, by Toure's passion, which Piers has none. Sure as hell could not argue with the fact that he is just NOT QUALIFIED for this case.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. princess1960

    hello Piers i saw this questio is WHY SO PROPOTION THIS not the firs not the ..he speak blackpanic who is believe that .....President of USA .is yellow? 2012 is ...who is care about color blood is red for all ..

    April 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      Learn to speak English and than post.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. william parker

    As sad as this iis we still do not need gun control. I live in Alabama and before our 16 year olds can get a hunting license they must have a hunter saftey class and pass all the areas covered. This country can throw away millions of dollars on everything else why don't we have a mandatory handgun saftey class before we can buy a handgun, This would solve a great deal. Take our 2nd Admendment Rights away and the bad guys will run over all of us. All we need to do is train future gun qwners in the correct use and saftey.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. T. Wayne

    Not that I have too much respect for Murdoch journalist Morgan but Toure was so out of line and rude that I have to admit jeering out loud for Piers.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. S. Peters

    Watching this from Europe. Toure is obnoxious and does not understand two sides to a story. He has no respect and thinks he knows everything and how the media should cover a story. Cheer to Piers for his questions and challenges.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Irene

    Gui Hartnett said:" African-American history is completely different than any experience Peirs has had being raised in Europe, and he should have acknowledged that then moved on to his experience in providing interviews with people who have lived the complexity of the situation."

    Sorry, could you please explain to me what the difference is between racism in Europe and racism in America? I still can't get what Piers did wrong and why Toure got so upset and angry. WHY he started preaching Piers in such a disgusting manner? I can't understand why he hates Piers so much

    April 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Irene

    Sorry, could you please explain to me what the difference is between racism in Europe and racism in America? I still can't get what Piers did wrong and why Toure got so upset and angry. WHY he started preaching Piers in such a disgusting manner? I can't understand why he hates Piers so much

    April 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Steve

    GOOD FOR TOURE! I'm not black, but somebody needed to call Piers on his arrogance and his softy treatment of the Zimmermans' hokey story. Ufortunately Piers controls the microphone so he gets the last word. His low standard of journalism is exactly what we've come to expect from CNN. I wish he were more like BBC journalists, as tough on lying witnesses as he is on critical fellow journalists. They probably won't even allow this to be posted.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sandra

    What kind of pretentious name is Toure'? This guy is in love with himself and his $5 words. He is looking to jump on this bandwagon to get his own face out there. HIs grabbing at straws to insult Piers is laughable. He can't back up anything he said about the interview with actual word for word examples. I don't blame Piers for almost losing it. Toure' is not a journalist in this case, but a provokateur....or in plain English (which is the language we speak by the way, NOT American:), a bully.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sharon w

    I think Piers Morgan showed maturity and Toure (who is he) did not. I am so afraid the media is stirring up passions and inciting anger that some vigilante action may occur. Then maybe everyone will cool off.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. S.N. Wright

    How is it that Piers Morgan is allowed to continue to work in the US on a full-time basis when he is not a citizen? Please tell me that he was not granted a special visa for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or extraordinary achievements in the motion picture and television field. That would be the biggest lie of the 21st century. Pompous, arrogant, self-absorbed television hosts are a dime a dozen and if Morgan were black or Hispanic and not an American citizen, he would have been sent packing long ago. Rather than irresponsibly giving media voice to every crackpot who continues to question President Obama’s citizenship, why not clean up your own house and send Morgan back home where racism and classism are well-entrenched and commonly accepted attributes of British society and easier for him to understand.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      I am not a fan of Piers, nor do I appreciate CNN hiring a 'non' American for the job. However, after seeing this interview, I wonder if perhaps it's to our benefit to have someone with the balls to stand up to the Politically Correct, anti-white America. Toure is racist. BTW, zimmerman is hispanic. Why are black racists enraged against whites but not hispanics? I'm not suggesting they should be, I'm pointing out a double standard that many Americans have that 'whites' are evil, but 'minorities' are victims. Garbage.

      CNN hired Piers for his resume and his courage, not because of his skin color.

      April 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. ALC

    Liberals started this mess by claiming the shooter was racist and had intensions to shoot an African American But this was not the case. As a minority I know racism exist but you can't use this in all events. I know now that Zimmerman does not have a history of racism and there is now doubt in my mind that he started the altercation. Quit using the stupid excuse that this 6FT tall 17 year old did not have the strenght to take on this man. Teenagers are very strong, see highschool football? I'm glad Black Organizations looked into this because we don't need any kind of vigilante with a gun. But I want the truth and not just to blame someone. If something is to blame its the gun lobbyst who pribe the congress and Jeb Busch for passing the law.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Vadim

    Touré? Who is Touré?!

    April 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. G.A Workman

    This entire event with Zimmerman is pathetic fallacy, that harkens back to those old B movies of the 40s & 50's; Where some beer gutted slob stumbles into a bar & goes "... that colored boy done looked at miss Betty Jo; lets go hang him..." only this time it's black on (1/2) white... Shame on the likes of Rev Sharpton & his stooges >>>

    April 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. toddito

    What happens when two arrogant, self-serving blowhards meet head on? Answer: Piers Toure interview. Both have their agenda and both are desperately trying to capitalize on this unfortunate event. Let the facts of the case come out and appropriate justice served where needed. In the meantime, any attempt by self-serving, arrogant yahoos like these two is counter productive, mean-spirited and transparently obvious.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Rob

    Wow, Piers was much more professional than Toure. Toure failed as a journalist (if that is what he purports himself to be). We all have opinions, but journalist should leave theirs at the door. What Toure exhibited is not only unprofessional, but an example of the very biased nature of the racism he decries. I don't know what happened regarding the boys death. I wouldn't be surprised if it was murder and racism was a contributing factor. However, that is for a JURY to determine. If anything is to be criticized is that a man was not immediately arrested and fully investigated for the use of a firearm to kill a boy. I also think Toure is critical of Piers, not because he's british, but because he's white. Thank you Piers for not backing down. Journalism is journalism. Period. Please leave your feelings and beliefs at the door. We, the public, all the public of multiple races and religions, want to hear FACTS, not opinions. We make our own opinions.

    April 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. hartal

    Piers failed as a human being.

    He evinced no understanding whatsoever of why every black man feels threatened by judicial inaction against Zimmerman.
    What the system is saying is that anyone can follow a black man (or boy) around, scare the heck out of him, and use his reaction as a reason to indulge a racist and sadistic fantasy of shooting a black man.
    It's a sign of how atrophied the empathetic capacities are of American that most of them do not understand the fear and pain overwhelming black America now.
    Morgan does not understand it, and he hides his atrophied emotional range behind the cover of journalistic objectivity.
    There is nothing objective about this except for an objective lack of empathy.
    My guess is that Touré questioned Morgan's ability to understand America due to Morgan's absurd statement that we could not have a classic case of anti-black racism here because Zimmerman is not white. As if only whites have only demonstrated anti-black racism in American history. A profoundly ignorant statement.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      So the interviewer is supposed to become the interviewee. I don't think so. White people will never understand what black people feel. Everything is racism with black people. White people don't even listen anymore. It's like the boy who cried wolf. This case isn't even about racism but that doesn't suit your purpose does it? Without that there isn't much to incite people over is there. Wait for law enforcement to do it's job with all the real facts, not what you read on the Internet.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kewlgirl

        Why do you feel this is not about race? Why are you being delusional? Why isn't this man arrested? Does this boys life have no meaning? Do you assume Trayvon was guilty of something? Why is this killer still walking free, with his gun. Did you listen to the 911 tape with the boy crying for his life? What is wrong with you people? Why did this man follow Trayvon? What did he want? Why do the police take his word that he was justified to use deadly force? Stop deluding yourselves. You close your eyes to the truth that is right before your eyes. Arrest this man, now. Hash it out in court, but don't give even crazier white people free license to kill without penalty. I thought we were a civilized society. Shame. Shame.

        April 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Wrong kewlgirl, this is about a man that kills a boy walking down the street in broad daylight. There are so many layers of things to be upset about. This is about the law, this is about killing, this is about guns, this is about so many things. Race is only one factor is so many other awful things. Why are you more worried about race than any of those other things? You're stuck on race. Forget about race. A boy lost his life as a result of this shooting. This needs to be heavily investigated, the man needs to be charged, and a jury needs to spend a lot of time sorting through the evidence.

        April 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        Race entered this debate when the police decided to take the word of the white shooter in the face of overwhelming evidence indicating homicide. In the face of this overwhelming evidence, the police/state prosecutor assumed that the white person's claim that Travyon had done something wrong which justified his death. Why did they make such an assumption in the face of all of the evidence to the controversy. He was unarmed. He was heading in the direction of his house. He was knowingly stalked and pursued. Why did they determine that Zimmerman, with his criminal record and history of violent assault, who violated police direction to stop pursuing Trayvon, who was the only person armed, had committed no crime, but Trayvon, the black youth, who had no record, had a right to be in the neighborhood and was yards from his home, his death was justified.

        You know why. It's the same reason why black people are indiscriminately followed in stores, why black people are assumed to all be on welfare, why black people get strange looks if they are in a high end vehicle. It's why despite Zimmerman's criminal background, he was permitted a gun license, why he was believed with the ludicrous and inconsistent statements he made, and why he is free to do more harm even as we speak.

        April 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kewlgirl

      Spot on, Hartal. Perhaps Toure let his emotion eclipse him, but his point, which you have articulated perfectly, is real and valid and should be of concern to every American. Black people are afraid. We're afraid that our children will be gunned down in the night and the killer will be excused. This is not an unrealistic fear. We have only to look to our recent history. Less than 100 years, heck less than 50 years. In our collective life time. The police cannot give this man a pass just on the basis of his word. Zimmerman is a troubled, psychotic man. His white father clearly has biased feelings – he attacks the President, the congressional black caucus, he directs his anger at black people. This a very dangerous situation. Piers did a good job. I dont think Toure is being objective. But Piers should try to understand why Toure responded the way he did. The collective media should be demanding this mans arrest. Not conviction, but we cant turn a blind eye to injustice. Arrest Zimmerman!

      April 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Level-headed poster

        The police did not originally give him a pass based on his word. They were compelled to release him based on Florida's stand your ground law, and because there was no probable cause. Nobody, including the media should be demanding an arrest until the full investigation is completed by law enforcement. We don't just throw people in jail because you think they belong there. Wake up and realize that you are innocent until proven guilty by evidence in court. We don't have all the evidence yet.

        April 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        I'll repeat myself to get you off the talking points since you claim to be level headed...

        He should be (and will be) arrested because there is evidence of homicide or at a minimum, manslaughter. There is no evidence of Stand Your Ground other than the shooter's statements that this was self defense – which is not credible given that it is unsupported by any other eye witness testimony. The former governor of Florida who signed the law into effect has opined that Stand Your Ground does not apply in this case. The evidence further shows that Zimmerman pursued this young man, after being directed by the police not to do so. The evidence shows that Zimmeman was armed and the victim was not, furthering the claim of manslaughter and not self defense. It's a big leap to self defense – which is why there is such an uproar. Think. Just think about it. There was more credible evidence known at the scene supporting manslaughter than there was for Stand Your Ground.

        April 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Level-headed poster

        To clarify:

        Self-defense MAY still be credible even if no other eye-witness testimony exists. Therefore, it's an equally big leap to say Zimmerman couldn't have possibly defended himself from a deadly attack.

        Florida governor does not interpret the law.

        "Evidence" has not shown that Zimmerman pursued Martin after being told to stop. Go back and listen to the FULL 911 tape (not NBC's version).

        "Police" did not direct Zimmerman to stop following. Police DISPATCHER did. Police dispatcher is NOT police and holds no authority to issue commands to citizens in those situations. Listen to the dispatcher's actual words.

        Just think about are not the law privy to all evidence and you don't know what ACTUALLY happened during the confrontation. Neither am I. The difference is I can admit wholeheartedly that I don't know. You cannot.

        April 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Commenter

        Finally, someone who knows what they are talking about. Thank you.

        April 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. George

    Shut up Toure.. What did you want him to do prosecute his brother who has nothing to do with it, or Zimmerman that has not yet been proven if he is guilty or not. It seems that people anger is getting the best of them, and most thinking from hate, revenge, but few from common sense.. Lets wait to see all the evidence before we hang anyone.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kewlgirl

      Common sense says that Zimmerman be arrested. Don't care what Zimmerman has to say. It's only one side of the story. The other side can't be told. He made sure of that. So let him go to court and defend his action there. Yes, he has to prove he is not guilty. Yes, he does. You don't get a pass. We don't have to believe him. If someone shot your unarmed loved one, you'd say the same thing. But it's not your child. It's some young black boy and they're a dime a dozen, aren't they. Well guess what. We're not going to shut up. How dare you tell us to shut up. We will not sit quietly while white people are given the de facto right to gun us down in the street. How dare you!

      April 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Observer

        Here's a dose of actual common sense. Common sense says that the law should be followed before Zimmerman is arrested. Authorities are following the law, just as they were when Zimmerman was initially released. No probable cause = no arrest can be made. Common sense says that the "other side of the story" will be told by the eyewitnesses and the forensics, neither of which YOU have any authority to interpret on your own and then determine a verdict. If he's arrested he will go to court, but you are not his judge now or ever. Common sense says that he does NOT have to prove that he is not guilty. You are INNOCENT until proven guilty, not GUILTY until you can prove you're not guilty. You don't have to believe his story, but it's a joke that you think someone is "guilty until they can prove they are innocent." Common sense says it's entirely possible that the actual EVIDENCE in this case (which you do not currently have in its entirety) MAY or MAY NOT prove that the shooting was self-defense. But if it DOES prove self-defense, then the way you are characterizing it with your irrelevant "verdict" is a complete lie, and I doubt that you will be willing to admit as much.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        Here's the thing Observer. Your argument is flawed on a number of grounds, in my opinion. There are a number of laws in play here, including homicide (there was a dead person lying on the ground). Given there was only one eyewitness – George Zimmerman – and he is also the suspected shooter, the decision by the police to simply take his word that it was self defense is absurd, irresponsible and dangerous. You can play with the words all you like – but the FACTS remain that the only eye witness is the shooter and his statements are naturally not credible. This guy could have said anything. He could have claimed to not even be the shooter, just an interested party who walked up on a dead man lying in the grass. The police erred in this regard – which is why the case was taken over by the special prosecutor and the police chief and state's attorney removed from the case. To use your own analogy, at this point, there was evidence of a homicide, there was potential evidence of self defense. How did the self defense evidence win out? Because Zimmerman said so – even though he was told not to pursue the young man and yet found his way from his car by the clubhouse in the front of the complex to the walking path behind the houses, on the path Martin would have walked to get home? Please explain why he was handcuffed. Do the police go around handcuffing people for no reason now?

        Look buddy, your arguments have no water and I, along with million of Americans, still demand that this man be arrested for the homicide of Trayvon Martin. There is no doubt that Zimmerman shot Martin. He has admitted as much. There is doubt as to whether it was self defense or if Stand Your Ground even applies. Let a jury or a judge decide if he is guilty. It was not the police's call based on the word of the shooter, whose statements can only be viewed by anyone with a rational bone in their body as non credible given the situation. Zimmerman violated all the rules of engagement and incidentally has a record of assault and criminal behavior. Why would any sane person believe a word out of his mouth? Why was this guy allowed to have a concealed weapons permit when he has a record of violence and assualt. You'd rather assume guilt on a person who has no such record, who was unarmed, who had a right to be in that neighborhood, who was pursued by the shooter and can no longer give witness to what happened. Why was Zimmerman following him? This debate with you is a non-starter because you are blinded by your own bias. When you can get past your bias that young black boys, even young black boys walking in the rain with a hood on their head, are presumed to be dangerous, we can have a discussion. Until then, don't talk to me. YOU are the problem.

        April 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        No probable cause my ass. Unarmed dead man lying in the grass, shooter with gun lingering. Where is the lack of probable cause in that?

        April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        Here's the thing Kewlgirl...The point is that it's not YOUR right to decide whether or not a self-defense plea should win out. That's the job of law enforcement. Maybe they decide that, maybe they don't. You never allow for the possibility that it could have been self-defense. You just say "It wasn't the police's call." Baloney. There's nobody else in the situation to make the first call. There are two calls that could have been made. The police made the first call (probable cause). SA overruled and made the second call (no probable cause). Special prosecutor will make one of two calls (arrest or don't), but there are still TWO options, not one as you insist.

        By your logic: Given there was only one eyewitness – George Zimmerman – and he is also the suspected shooter, a decision by the police to simply take YOUR word that it was not self-defense is absurd, irresponsible and dangerous - especially when you don't have the benefit of weighing ALL of the evidence.

        You stated "The shooter's statements are naturally not credible." Naturally? Really? Says who? Certainly not law enforcement. You weren't there so you can't possibly know.

        IF Zimmerman exercised proper self-defense under the stand your ground law, then he DID obey laws of engagement. Law enforcement decides that, not you.

        I've made absolutely no statements that smack of racism, simply FACTS based on what is KNOWN, not what is conjecture on your part.

        April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        Observer, I'll own that I don't have the benefit of all the evidence. And yes, the police looked at the evidence and made one call, and the State Attorney, presumably looking at the same evidence, or some unknown additional evidence, made another call. I, Kewlgirl, do not get to make the call. I do not get to re-arrest Zimmerman. However, I can dispute the SA's determination and make the case that there was probable cause for arrest – for all the reasons I've stated before. As you've said, the Special Prosecutor will make that particular call and it can't come soon enough for me. The longer this drags out, the riskier the chance for a fair trial and a fair presentation of the evidence. Justice has a responsibility to be speedy – even down in Florida.

        And yes, I currently can entertain no possibility for Zimmerman's claim of self defense. If I am shown to be wrong, I will personally come back to this blog and admit I was wrong. And when I say wrong, not wrong because of some fancy legal maneuvering, or legal technicality – which will likely be the negotiated behind closed doors, politically correct outcome here.

        April 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        You're to be commended for admitting that you don't have the benefit of all the evidence. Too many other people refuse to do that much. I can respect the fact that you want to share your opinions for the purpose of making a case for probable cause. You make some good arguments in that regard. As long as you don't distort the facts the way so many others insist on doing. I agree that the process has been dragging on for much longer than what you would call "speedy" or "swift." I wish someone would elaborate on why it is taking to long now. I will also be watching to see (and will be equally critical) if legal technicalities or political expediency hampers the justice being sought. I'm definitely not a racist, rather I'm simply someone who wants to see justice served so that all parties involved in cases like this(including Zimmerman) experience the due process they deserve.

        April 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        @Observer – If it walks like a duck....... So, I said if I was wrong, I'd offer an apology. Will you do the same? It's amazing how we can talk ourselves into/out of things. I understand Zimmerman is scared. But you know, he shoulda kept his azz in his car and not try to be the big man on the block. He took someone's life. He destroyed a life, destroyed a family. Unlawfully and unnecessarily. So, there is recompense. Either way.

        April 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Hartal

    So people do not understand the fear and anger that comes from the decision to overrule the lead investigator who recommended charges against Zimmerman?
    Zimmerman killed an unarmed black boy after getting out of his car and chasing him. He has obviously told falsehoods. Not my opinion. But the judgment of the lead investigator who did not think Zimmerman's story held up. As it in fact does not–he was not the one screaming; he was not facing imminent danger of death; he was not jumped from the back.
    Morgan made the decision to allow Zimmerman's brother to put more lies into the public record.
    The lead investigator did not believe Zimmerman; yet charges have not even been made against Zimmerman.
    Such is the devaluation of black life in this country.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      And the District Attorney who saw all the available evidence unlike you, overruled him.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kewlgirl

        What available evidence,? Do you mean thr dead Boy face down in the grass? Dixie chick, you are sick.

        April 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        @Kewlgirl – There has not been one shred of actual evidence released yet that confirms he was face down in the grass. If you think otherwise, you should offer some proof from an authoritative source.

        April 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kewlgirl

        Sorry Observer. Police report says victim was lying face down in the grass. Is that authoritative enough for you?

        April 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Observer

        Actually, no. The report hasn't been released, it's only being discussed by the media. We know how reliable they can be. Do you have an actual copy of your own that you are reading?

        April 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Hartal

    A very impolite George does not seem to understand that we can't see all the evidence unless charges are made against Zimmerman. I want to know why he never became the cop that he wanted to be. Could it be that he failed psychological tests because he was judged to impulsive, rash, temperamental and prejudiced?
    The cops did not want him, but the neighborhood watch gave him free rein. Now they are all liable for a wrongful death, as a LA Times report indicated.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kewlgirl

      That's right. I was thinking the same thing. Zimmerman is psychotic. His daddy is just pulling out all stops to keep him out of jail. But that is where he belongs. And I bet if we peel the onion further, we'll find more disturbing news. The half has not yet been told. Instead of giving the Zimmermans soft ball interviews, let's get some hard hitting investigative journalism. What more do we need to know about the Zimmermans. I understand Piers approach and again I think what he did was newsworthy and smart. Toure was out of line. But I want to get to the truth of father Zimmerman. Son George looks to be an imbecile. How is it that he even has a gun.

      And for all you people saying he's Hispanic, not white? There are white Hispanics and black Hispanics and more brown Hispanics. And white Hispanics can be some of the most biased people as they want to shed minority status and be seen as white. Zimmermans dad married a Spanish woman, but I bet he'd never marry a black woman. He hates black people. He gave himself away. And I don't know why the media buried that story. But in my mind, that is where this story begins

      April 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Level-headed poster

        "The half has not been told.." The third has not been told....the fourth has not been told. Exactly why you don't have the right to proclaim your subjective judgments as FACTS in this case. "George is psychotic" is not a fact that has been established. It's nothing more than your opinion. Law enforcement will establish the facts, not you. It fine to have your own opinion, but state it politely and reasonably and stop trying to pass of your opinion as fact to stir people up!

        April 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pat

    I don't know who Toure is, but I do know that he is an almost comical caricature/stereotype of the completely emotionally driven wannabe intellectual. The guy is so absurdly condescending yet clueless in his delivery that I honestly thought this might be an April Fools Day joke when I first saw it. Sadly, it was not. "Overwrought" hardly describes him. Portraying this sad incident as some sort of watershed moment in American history is frankly pathetic. It's clear the poor guy can't even tolerate the mere thought of Zimmerman being anything other than a racially motivated killer and any opinions to the contrary leave him unhinged. The entire exchange between Piers and Toure is emblematic of just how desperate so many in this country are to be offended on behalf of someone...anyone. I grieve for the Martins. How sad for them that their son's death has been turned into this kind of circus...

    April 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Hartal

    Pat you are missing the substance of Toure's comments entirely. For some reason you seem unable to hear what he said.

    FIrst, Morgan did not establish how the brother came to know of George's version of events. How long was their conversation? We can't assess the brother's information without knowing how he got it. This is journalism 101.

    Second, Morgan did not ask him why they had not spoken much, if at all, for six years.

    Third, Morgan did call fatuous nonsense the brother's claim that he must have swallowed all the blood from the nose bleed.

    Fourth, he did not push to clarify what it was about the scream exactly that convinced him that it could only be his brother's voice.

    Fifth, Morgan did not use the opportunity to probe George's violent past and his failure to become a cop. What went wrong in his career ambitions? Did he fail the tests to become a cop?

    Sixth, Morgan did not ask him why his brother got out of the car in the middle of the development.

    The question is: what was Morgan doing but throwing softballs to a witness?

    April 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      I agree, I found that interview to be useless and NOT A GOOD move for Piers, who lacks the background, as told by Toure. Perhaps Toure was a bit rough around the edges, but with passion, and right-on as far as his comments towards Piers...who sat there so passive and who sat there and allowed THE BROTHER, to just go on and on telling a story as TOLD BY THE SHOOTER???...give me a break!

      April 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. paleblueeyes24

    I watched this exchange with my mouth wide open. Where are the people condemning Tourè for his overly racist remarks. Piers was giving Robert his chance to tell that side of the story. Both sides of the story should be allowed to state their case. Piers was correct in not condemning Robert because whether anyone likes it or not everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Where is the uproar over Tourè's incredibly racist demeaning remarks? His comments and actions were unbelievable.

    April 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dixieweasel

      Don't you know. Black people are different. They can say anything and get away with it. Can you say double standard; I can.

      April 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RatingsMad

    Piers Morgan is a schlock journalist and a very arrogant one at that. George Zimmerman's brother was not there when
    Trayvon was shot; what the hell would he know about what happened other than what his brother who has a history of becoming enraged and physically violent told him. He was on Piers Morgan's show simply for Piers ratings

    April 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Richard Dunigan

      Toure' is just like the rest, Piers put him to shame with good down home journalism. Where is the call for justice in the cold blooded murder of an unarmed White Iraqi War Veteran who was gunned down in front of his then 8 year old White daughter in a public park. The Black Killer, went back in side the safety of his home. Did he lock the door and call the Police for support....NO! He picked up his gun (showing intent not standing his ground inside the safety of his home) hiding it in his front pocket (again intent, carrying a concealed weapon), walked across the street to the public park (again intent, and pursuing his victim). Where is the all holy Al Sharpton, the Rev Jesse Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey demanding justice. Lets see if CNN and Soledad O'Brien will come out and support and demand justice in the murder of the White Iraqi War Veteran gunned down in front of his 8 year old White daughter, or will she keep quite because is was not a black person. Where is the Justice Department, the US Attorney General, the Florida Attorney General, and Governor Rick Scott demanding justice for this fatherless little girl?

      April 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julie

        Why don't you get Piers to help you out-MAYBE he and his journalism can save your troubled mind

        April 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Greg E. Ward

    First allow me to say the Piers presented his side with the highest of integrity, even well Touré was being condescending in his a argument. And seem to talk the issue personal as an reporter of new one must be objective, and he clearly lost his. he attacked Piers and deemed him unworthy of reporting American racial news as if one must be american. Racial injustice is an global issue injustice is universal. But what he seem to have forgotten is that he must report fact but never place judgement no matter how he feels about the issue.there were many points he could have made but he rambled on about pier not basically beating down Zimmerman brothers. Being an African American Male I was ashamed at his demeanor and allegation. And I applaud Piers for seeing through his immaturity and rudeness he handle the situation like a profession taking every point and debunking him and defending himself for his ridiculous ranting. Well Done!

    April 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Rex

    Piers: You did a great interview and should not be made to feel otherwise. I wonder if Toure would have been neutral in his reporting and interviewing of Zimmerman's brother– NOT. If there is anyone worthy of chastisement it is Toure and not Piers, and if Toure was representing his network's view, then it shows that network is not abiding by professional standards of practice in journalism. By his heated inflammatory remarks he only added fuel to a wound in history that needs healing and not the kind of rhetoric and unprofessionalism that he displayed.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. ckillerb

    Piers did a very good job keeping his cool and being professional. Toure completely lost his composure and exposed his irrational and irresponsible mentality. What happened to Roland Martin as a CNN Commentator?

    April 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Richard Dunigan

    Outstanding reporting Piers..............Keep up the good work.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Fritz Hohenheim

    Yep, anybody who does not show Zimmermann in a jumpsuit and Martin as a 12 year old sweet boy-boy is a racist.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Amit

    Who ever this toure is , the most uncivilized reporter I have ever seen on on TV .

    April 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Kaycee

    How anyone can act like Zimmerman's claims are even plausible? A teen walking home from the store, just a few hundred yards from home suddenly turns and chases down Zimmerman holding a bag of skittles and an ice tea all the way and talking to his girl friend while in pursuit, sneaks up on Zimmerman and attacks him from behind. Then he states he is going to kill him and initiates a life or death fight. Really you guys? Really? Come on, that is so absurdly ridiculous. I can't imagine why anyone thinks this story even stands a chance in court. I'm a white person btw.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Commenter

      Witness testimony and police evidence does not indicate this scenario you've recklessly assembled. The truth is you don't know for sure exactly what happened unless you witnessed the confrontation (you didn't). Some of the things you mentioned, taken in context with the actual facts that are already established by law enforcement, could have happened and Mr. Zimmerman may have had to defend himself from an attack. Like it or not, it's still a possibility. Please try to bring yourself to admit that one simple truth.

      April 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Max

        Kaycee's account is accurate, I'd like to know what evidence there is that something else occurred. The witness accounts DO NOT confirm your impression that Zimmerman was attacked.

        You say that there is a possibility? There is a possibility that the US gets nuked by North Korea tomorrow, should we declare war on them tonight?

        April 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Commenter

        Wrong Max. The account Kaycee writes 3 posts prior is the account that Zimmerman gave...and she is claiming it cannot even be plausible. Go back and read her post again.

        Get your facts straight. Have you listened to Zimmerman's attorneys speak about their case? There are eyewitnesses that claim they saw Martin on top of Zimmerman. There are police/medical reports confirming injuries to Zimmerman (wounds to the head and broken nose) consistent with his account. These facts most definitely create the impression that Zimmerman was attacked.

        The point is that only the special prosecutor's investigation knows ALL the facts as they exist now, not YOU, not Kaycee, and certainly not anybody else who'd like to insist that Zimmerman's account is not plausible. Truth is that Zimmerman's account MAY be plausible. Law enforcement will decide through due process...not you or Kaycee or even me. It's just that simple.

        The possibility in the Zimmerman case is being investigated according to the law before a decision is made. The nuclear possibility you reference isn't a matter of criminal justice that demands a decision according to the law. You're talking apples and oranges. If a nuclear threat is perceived by our government to be valid, our government investigates according to its foreign policy law...THEN a decision is made (which likely would NOT be a declaration of war). In both examples due process is called for. If we use your logic, the U.S. would not even consider an INVESTIGATION according to the law before declaring war. That's absurd.

        April 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Matt

    This Toure guy is a moron and good lord why does he talk like that, is he on something? Personally I think Zimmerman should be held accountable but the way this Toure guy is going about it is ridiculous.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Robbie

    Give him Hell, Piers, give him Hell.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. auntie s

    i am a volunteer in elementary and jr, high school. have mentored over a dozen kids and trayvon did exactly what we teach our kids to do. if you are being followed get away, if you can't get away, fight back and fight back hard. make as much nise as possible and keep fighting. this event will not change what i recomend to my kids. it is a sad day when a kid dies. he did everything right.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. DON JOSE

    mr piers we all have god hands all of us so when you do things bad god don't have see he knows because you do it
    with his hands. the case in flordia the one who kill has no defance to the law becuase he is not train to do this
    police do this too . to walk the streets you have to lean how to use yours hands or a club .this kid said they jump on him so what is he doing looking to kill some body beacuse he don't know how proteck himself so by is he killed
    he is not to do this work some body said go and do this job here is a gun go in the street kowning out come.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dave

    I fault Piers and Toure for one thing - not listening to each other. Each men had valid points, but their ears were turned off. Sometimes it's not what you say, but how you say it. Toure successfully illustrated that Piers is impaired regarding
    some African American Issues. Toure came off like an ass, but both men lost this bout.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Elaine

    I'ts nice to see that the majority of respondents recognize the truth; that it was Toure that was out of line not Piers.

    i just wanted to offer my support to Mr. Morgan. I grew tired of Larry King quite some time ago and you have been an excellent replacement.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Truth please.

    I am not Black nor Muslim but I have seen how the media and law protest some more over others. Toure is just a angry man venting all his hurt and anger at Piers instead of the pattern of bigotry and hypocrisy that had nothing to do with Piers. Toure needs help for his anger. Zimmerman can fly out of United States and join the Sheinbein family is that what Toure is afraid of ?

    Alfredo Enrique Tello ( teenager) was murdered by Samuel Sheinbein in Maryland, September of 1997. Tello body was cut by an electrical hack-saw, his legs and arms were missing when his body was found. It is 2012 and justice has not been served because the killer of Alfredo Enrique Tello lives in the " Promised Land." Why was Justice not served? Why has the media forgotten the Alfredo Enrique Tello case ? Why has Nancy Grace not hounded for TRUTH ???
    Why has the United States Government not been unable to extradite Samuel Sheinbein who left United States with the aid of his lawyer father Sol Sheinbein after this most brutal murder took place. Had Samuel Sheinbein been a BLACK MAN would he have been allowed to fly out of United States and take refuge in the " Africa." ? Why does United States not have a extradition program with Israel ?

    Please read on the web "A Lesson Before Dying: The Killing of Enrique Tello Jr." by Tyrone Powers, Phd.

    April 3, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Joe

    16 Seconds Ago
    Really, Piers Morgan is intolerable. He is overbearing, talks over his guests, weighing in with his opinion on every topic. Hard to take in the regular course but the self-indulgence - combined with appalling ignorance - shown on this broadcast was beyond belief. He is not a serious commentator on any significant issue but his performance in this instance calls into serious question whether CNN should allow him to continue in such an important platform.

    April 3, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  45. irenelee510

    This bit should have never happened in the first place. Why are they wasting time debating if Piers is indeed a professional journalist? Since when did journalists start attacking each other instead of providing support and focusing on hard facts? I'm disappointed...

    April 3, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Curtis

    Toure (who is he? never heard of him!) presumes to lecture Piers about journalism? Toure comes from NBC, which recently doctored the 911 call by Zimmerman to make him sound more racist. NBC "news" edited out dialogue between Zimmerman and the 911 dispatcher to create a fabrication. NBC is DECEPTIVE and Toure has no credibility! Piers, your interview was objective and professional, well conducted. I applaud your performance Piers. NBC is an embarrassment.

    April 3, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      maybe you should find out who Toure is? not a hard thing to do

      April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      Toure' I believe started his career w/ MTV Music...has a show on the FUSE network, he's a pretty known journalis; wrote a few books... No real reason to discredit his knowledge and/or background. I believe a graduate of Columbia University possibly.. don't quote me.. either Columbia or Emory

      April 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Harold

    I am a white male and I have a question for any African American posters out there. It's an honest question...

    Would you be equally outraged if it was a black man shooting a white boy? Would you be calling Al Sharpton and Rev. Jackson and demanding for justice?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nick

      I think we know the newer to that- aka OJ, aka The duke case- ( which by he way- the so called victim was just arrested for a second time this time for stabbing her boyfriend to death.

      If they were truly out to support the so called cause should they not be concerned bout he kids getting killed in Chicago for no good reason and they are unarmed. That is just not as juicy -!the biggest racists In this case re the blacks period.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • yodey504

      the black man wood be in jail

      April 3, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      SO SIMPLE, if a black man had shot a white teen...the black man would be in jail

      April 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      @Mr Harold... There wouldn't be a reason to fight for justice, because JUSTICE MORE THAN LIKELY WOULDVE BEEN SERVED, I put my life on it that the accused would be behind bars unlike TREYVON's situation...Think a little..Why is it so hard to understand the REASON BEHIND the demonstrations, the news coverage.....It seems as if though you are seeing one thing, but hear something else ??? I dunno, help me understand?

      April 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Commenter

      He's referring to a situation where the black offender is NOT arrested or jailed. It does happen whether you'd like to admit it or not.

      April 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Nick

    First I think there is a lot of missing pieces to is puzzle and unlike the media and most morons such as Toure I reserve judgement until I hear facts not rumors. The media convicted him oday one, like Tawana Brawley, like the duke case, like DSK in NY- I remember the days of innocent until proven guilty but that does not matter anymore it seems because the MSM is now th judge and jury
    Toure is a moron beyond words- he Spike, Pimp Sharpton, pimp Jackson are th ones that made this. Race case. Zimmerman was White, Then White Hispanic and now Hispanic – how convenient. But ten again heis preaching to PiersnMorgan and CNN about journalism? Coming From Msnbc lol? The network that has the lowest ratings on cable and hired AL Sharpton to host a show after firing the other moron Doberman?
    As for Toure comparing this to a national crisis and the OJ case is laughable again- OJ got away with murder period and you did not see the white folks rioting on the streets or the KKK on the news issuing bounties. Problem is if they don't charge him- imagine what is going to happen in this country, the la riots will look like a parade.

    And faux leader Obummer- a leader unites and asks for calm not adding fuel to the fire but your rhetoric over the part 3 years clearly shows how you have divided this country more than I have ever seen. Bush was an idiot in his own right and people could not stand him but he walked into 9/11 and 10 years ago this country was united as one- it's amazing he a black president can be elected and they still claim racism and he and only he has blown this race card divisiveness out of control. Same way if to you criticize hi you are a racist as well

    Where was Toure,sharpton and the other minions when OJ beat the rap? Oh yeah hey we're ce.ebrating- some activists.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      I have far more respect for Toure, his passion and dedication, as well as knowledge of this situation and our past as a nation, than I have (so far) for Piers. Noone can tell me that Peirs was appropriate for this interview or that he has the background, and backbone to deal with Toure. And this comes from a white woman.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nick

        Well you better check yourself, this is the same man that on TV is essentially blaming Whitney Houstons death on society and her fear of becoming poor again as a black woman and an excuse for her drug addiction? And for him to sit there and preach about journalistic values working for NBC news let alone MSNBC when they clearly admitted to altering the 911 tapes and are now apologizing? I guess you see Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson out for the good of the black community as well, and it was ok for Spike Lee to release the address of the parents who are not guilty in this case at all. And this coming from a White Man who still reserves judgment until FACTS are released not rumours, innuendos or what the media feels is fair. I think Zimmerman should be charged to some degree but again until I hear the facts I am not out to lynch anyone and start any race riots. Toure is a moron and this interview on top of the Whitney Houston spot I saw on You Tube speaks volumes for what a non journalist or activist he is- right up there with the Race Pimp Al SHarpton.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • MsMaryland

      OJ??? how does OJ's case fit into all of this Nick? "if it doesn't fit you must acquit" You can assume, here se' never worked in a court of law, so Nick what r u talking about? Look, plain n' simple, yes this Trayon issue has turned into some what of a race card, unfortunately due to the fact bottom line, in some area's across the United states, African Americans are just not taken seriously. Period, no matterwhat the situation might be... Nick, it may be hard to understand or have never experienced (now I am assuming) the lack of urgency when an issue may arise in your personal life and the court of law, the court system, police just has you running around in circles. Honestly Nick, for Tray's father not to know that his son had passed and was in the morgue for 2 days, NOT MISSING as the Mr. Martin had thought, is questionable. The importance of Mr. Martin's situation and the lack of action from Sandford are all questionable... That's all.. I mean, if I can speak for my black community honestly, that is what our frustration is all about, the lack of importance or urgency when an African America male or female runs into personal substantial issues and no one acts accordingly.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Ray

    The Zimmerman shooting is not new to Florida,a 16 year old boy by the name of Mark Drewes was gunned down by a neighbor in Boca Raton in early 2000, he was killed whilste trick or treating, this incident was not nearly a news worthy as the Zimmerman case, maybe because he was not Black, thise cas appers to be enhanced because o the victims skin and now is turning into a racial circus brought on by the main stream media and all of the money hungry vultures lookng for their own pesonal 5 mintes of fame.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. tcp

    Come on you self important, unkown, one named tool. Quit trying to make a name for yourself dragging around the corpse of a dead kid. Toure?!? REALLY?

    April 3, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. pickettman

    Toure, this is waste of time. If you don't like how Robert Zimmerman was questioned then scheduled your own interview with him. What's more important here, pursuing justice or getting cheap points?

    April 3, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  52. whatclarity

    Perhaps some of the passion that is being poured into finger pointing to parties not involved would be better applied to the bigger issue. Everyday there are more and more people pointing fingers at and laying blame for the injustices of others, this creates the hostility that you all are so upset about. Imagine that you lost your job, your home, your security and everyday you read the paper or turn on the news and all that you hear is how your race and gender are to blame for every problem in America from drugs and guns to subverting justice for your own private agenda, yet you've never been apart of any of those problems, you might begin to feel isolated as much as the next person. Face the real truth, we are all part of the problem, personal responsibility should be the argument. What happened to laying blame to the individual who committed a wrong? We are all Americans, there are plenty of people in the world who would love to see us all kill each other, most of them don't live in America, please don't give them a reason to think they can.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Jerry

    There sure are a lot of folks who are conviced that they know all the facts about exactly what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman that night.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Ari

    One critique I have about Piers as an interviewer in general is that often times I have noticed he would ask a question and would not follow up at all. At times I get the feeling he is not even listening to the answer, instead thinking of the next question he wants to ask. It makes his interviews (sorry I am generalizing) look "scripted" rather than a spirited, impromptu, back-and-forth, lively conversation. Also, Piers himself has portrayed himself numerous times as an outsider, critical of the right-wing Americal political landscape, painting a picture of himself as a British liberal finding some American cultural traits as alien. Now he claims to comprehend the nuances and subtleties of racism in America that goes back hundreds of years. He can't have it both ways.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Jab

    Wow, Piers has got thin skin, hasn't he! He is totally unprepared to handle legitimate criticism from a colleague, and insists on going after the critic. Toure had him totally surrounded for a while, forcing Piers to be rude and talk over Toure since he couldn't make headway against Toure's arguments. I was disappointed that Toure got off onto that anti-Englishman tack at the end, it undercut his otherwise clear mastery over Piers. By the end it left such a sick taste in my mouth that I can't bring myself to turn on CNN anymore and its pedantry, even as background noise.

    April 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Matt

    I was leaning in favor of martin family all this while until this happened. Pls check this story (very disappointing that this didn't make it to ur show) Now I hv 2nd thoughts maybe v actually need ppl like zimmerman I don't know maybe I'm wrong big ??? Anyway Pier do us all a big favor pls show this story to Toure and now ask him what he has say abt it? ( ok Pier's pls also do all of us (humans) a big favor PLEASE PLEASE bring this story in your show or somebodies show in CNN and that should also help catch the suspects. Thanks

    April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      YOUR POST IS REALLY ANNOYING...are you on drugs or something?

      April 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      Matt –
      Again, justice will be served in this situation that you mentioned. Just imagine for a second if the suspect was known but not in custody or EVEN charged? That is the situation Treyvon Martin is dealing with.....

      April 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Peach

    What makes Piers Morgan think that this hack vs. wannabee exchange makes for good television? They sound like two middle school girls. Are they really deluded enough to think that anybody cares about two lightweights carping at each other?

    April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. DevineIntervention

    So now everyone is a qualified EXPERT in police policies and procedures, audio evaluation and voice recognition/identification, video as evidence, medical/injury assessment, interpretation of the law, and an expert in disseminating the truth. Are there any sane people left who are capable of separating truth from the patent lies and vast misrepresentations being spewed by so MANY who know so LITTLE. It is appalling that so many news/media outlets & so called activists are guilty of fueling this fire with unsubstantiated "facts" and outrageous opinions. If we do not remember our history we are doomed to repeat it. The lynch mob mentality was wrong prior to the civil rights movement, and it is just as wrong now.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Gigi

    Take notes from Nancy Grace's interview with Zimmerman's friend.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      Thank you Ms GiGi.. point well taken.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. globeflyer

    If you think that people like this Toure' is not a (dare I say it) racist, then imagine how this case would be different if Zimmerman's name was "Perez". He could very easily pass for anyone with a Hispanic name, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this case would not be headlines if Zimmerman had taken his mother's maiden name. CNN is a comfortable "home" for people like Toure' and Soledad O'Brien. They are the mainstream media's equivalent of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kewlchick

      So sick of you people calling people racists. A black child was killed and yet black people are racists for daring to demand justice. Try to understand what Toure was saying. I realize this is impossible. But at least try to understand why he is so upset, why black people are so upset. Piers does not understand the legacy of Jim Crow that this case is so reminiscent of. He doesn't know the fear that grips the heartacheof every black parent at seeing this man let go with no questions asked by the police. The lack of sensitivity of this board is shocking, but maybe I shouldn't be so shocked. We just want equal protection under the law. It's our right, guaranteed right. No matter how much you want us to be quiet. No matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  61. socialistpartyofnorthcarolina

    Where is the outrage for over the 50 year old white man in Sanford, FL who was beaten nearly to death and is on life support by two blacks, Yahaziel Israel and Julius Bender with a hammer?

    April 4, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      I am pretty sure justice will be served.. treyvon's is a situation where justice was NOT served....Just think a little.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. bolognan

    Who is this Toure dude. He just appeared to use those new SAT words.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      Toure' I believe started his career w/ MTV Music...has a show on the FUSE network, he's a pretty known journalist; wrote a few books... No real reason to discredit his knowledge and/or background. I believe a graduate of Columbia University possibly.. don't quote me.. either Columbia or Emory

      April 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Ms Maryalnd

    I really understand Toure's POV...PM could've been a little bit more aggressive instead of somewhat giving Robert Zimmerman a platform to somewhat attempt to paint a different George Zimmerman than what the public has grown to learn about him over the last few weeks. I mean, if it is true Rob hasn't spoken to his brother in years, then yes we should question..Why Rob's explanation so important?

    April 4, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Nick

    Again not a big fan of CNN because they might not distort it but they certainly are biased in many ways- but after viewing the MORON Toure this story simply made me laugh out loud on the street. Editing tapes and presenting them as evidence. Simply to make their side of the story look good, same as reporting Zimmerman as a White, showing only his mug shot, and showing a 3-4 year old picture of treyvon. I am not passing judgment either way- I try to wait for the facts to come out and formulate my judgment which is what I thought our justice system was based on as well as news organizations? Wrong again........simply laughable- but then again when you have Al Sharpton with his own talk show kind of says it all as to standards they uphold. Wonder if the black panthers will be next

    April 4, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MsMaryland

      Nick –
      I guess you have your views about race. I don't know... as i read your responses, it almost seems as if your implying "OH HERE WE GO AGAIN, another BLACK ISSUE, involving a police officer" So, I guess that just confirms to me even more the lack of effort when dealing with african american a person of another race would put into any situation that involves an African American, not person of color, but AFRICAN AMERICAN. Did the part of of the 911 operator asking the question really matter?? Will it really matter in a court of law? That little bit of evidence, how and who would it help case wise??? So, in essence, ok NBC apologize, but sweetie, it's a whole slew of other evidence that will consequently put Zimmerman behind bars.. Oh and note to self, I never paid attention to Zimmerman;s crime photo pic to determine his race... His last name had me confused to begin with.. Zimmerman?? So, please with the, oh he's this, no zimmerman Hispanic..honestly, who cares.. It sounds as if you are basing your judgement on what media has provided and providing a very generalized opinion.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ms Mendacious

      The minute Al Sharpton got involved I cringed. Anyone remember Tawana Brawley? Toure seems like Al Sharpon wrapped in a younger, more educated, more attractive package but in the end, I don't think he likes me and I am not fully white. I can't take him seriously, he's a hip-hop critic who wrote a book about an old black jazz man who lost the ability to see white people. If I wrote that in reverse – an old mariachi who lost the ability to see black people. I would be eviscerated, to use an SAT word that Toure would like. I'm fascinated by this case because this is the first potential not black/white race case. I've always wondered where I fit in – now I know. I am the enemy as per Toure. I'm a mutt.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. C Sanchez

    I believe Piers truly handled this idiot really well. Very professional.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. romeostarr

    I agree with Toure to an extent. I think it is a good thing that Piers isn't from the U.S because he's not as emotionally invested in the racial curse that plagues this country. We need more journalist to report the news from an unbiased standpoint. It never ceases to amaze me how race is playing such a a major role in this, at least from the pulic's POV. One guys automatically guilty because he's black. The other guy's automatically guilty because he may or not be white. Meanwhile, a child is dead with no voice to tell his side of the story and his loved ones have to live with this forever. Another man, regardless of whether he's guilty or not, he and his family have to live with this forever. Racism is tool used to stir the pot of capitalism. This country is gonna be like that movie Idiocracy in about 100 years.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. and8gi

    i think the focus of the investigation should be centered around Trayvone's girlfriend. she is the sole witness to all statements made between Zimmerman and Martin during and after the alleged assault. if Trayvone's cell phone was not disconnected during the struggle. she overheard the communication that Zimmerman had with the paramedics and police. why haven't they revealed the autopsy report from Trayvone fist to indicate any bruising to support Zimmermans claim of being attacked. finally, why is it that we only hear screaming coming from the call? usually the person doing the beating. makes some comment

    April 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Whoyacallin'mendatious?

    @rokolie18 I'm an American (born and bred, 2nd generation) but am not an African American does that mean I am not qualified to have an opinion either? We have have no idea if Trayvon was shot because he was black. We have no idea why he was killed. All we know is that Zimmerman should have been arrested and wasn't. Some people on the right disagree with that statement but for the majority of people that is the issue – Zimmerman appears to have gotten away with murder. I didn't see Piers disagreeing with that, I saw Toure polarizing people who are on Trayvon's side.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • I meant mendacious

      I need a new keyboard.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. Dingo

    Wonder till when CNN will have this idot with a f#R%$ GB accent working in this network.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  70. Kewlgirl

    Ok. For the first time inch 4- years of life, I jumped up and yelled at the tv after watching Zimmerman attorneys on Piers tonight. I'd a kicked it too if the darn thing didn't already cost me my one good leg (lol). Good job Piers. You've been getting it on both sides, but you did your job tonight, right sir. They have nothing, that's why they tried to shut you down. But you held your ground. Good for you!

    April 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Marcos

    Ted Nugent was right on and make Piers to shot his mouth. I'm a 55 years old DISABLE but I have my CHL, a 17 years old don't need weapon to kill me, but I do have the right to defend myself. Piers just want to be popular and keep his easy money coming in. He is an Idiot.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Eric

    The problem is that Piers is not a professional news journalist. Really, what is he? An entertainer?

    I so wish CNN would have replaced Larry King with a real journalist. It's not too late .. Get rid of Piers

    April 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcos

      You're 100% right, but I still thinking he is an IDIOT

      April 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  74. joy

    Everyone in America knows Mr Morgan is racist. How many times he tries to pull Mr Obama down .Its not his fault the country is economically drained he got it that way. Remember God sees and knows everything and justice ano revenge belongs to him. Racist ppl make me feel very proud of my race , we' ve been through slavery and like u want us to be still trested like slaves as a journalist u were supposed to b unbias . Thank u mister morgan for making me know my worth. We need Larry plz because ur mouth need a mute button

    April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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