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November 19th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Lisa Bloom on George Zimmerman, a Toronto reporter on Rob Ford

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  • Lisa Bloom: "911 is not for PR"

On the heels of George Zimmerman's most recent brush with the law, on Monday Piers Morgan welcomed Lisa Bloom, asking the attorney and legal analyst to share her professional insight and perspective.

Acquitted in July of second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated felony assault after allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.

“Let's look at the context.” said Bloom, referencing Monday's incident, Zimmerman's most recent legal altercation. “This is the third woman since 2005 that's accused George Zimmerman of domestic violence. There was his ex-fiancee in 2005. Just this September of 2013, Shelly Zimmerman made very similar accusations against her then-estranged husband. And now today the girlfriend," Bloom listed.

She then continued, suggesting there's a pattern to be noted:

"Are we to believe George Zimmerman that all of these women somehow come up with very similar allegations, and yet he's perpetually the victim because that's his story," she wondered. "I think most people would find that pretty hard to believe.”

Citing a series of 911 calls, in particular one in which Zimmerman offered his side of the story, Bloom took offense to the way in which the Florida man used the public service:

“Why is he calling 911….when the police are right outside? Go talk to the police. You know, the 911 call is not supposed to be for media and PR to tell your side of the story," Bloom told Morgan. "It's supposed to be for people who actually have emergencies.”

  • “Lying is the big thing" – Reporter on Rob Ford

After a day of continued bizarre misbehavior, including the knocking down of a female councilor during a heated debate designed to strip Rob Ford of most of his powers, on Monday evening Piers Morgan asked Robyn Doolittle to share her thoughts on the embattled mayor.

Despite admissions of smoking crack during a “drunken stupor” and other unseemly allegations, Ford's approval ratings remain seemingly unchanged since the scandal began. The Toronto Star City Hall reporter pointed to the politician's calculated approach:

“He is a master at playing the victim. He's really, really talented at that. You saw it today at council," she detailed. "People are, ‘I can't believe he's doing that’, like, ‘Is he completely losing his mind?’ But no, this is a tactical decision.”

According to Doolittle, Ford's vices aren't his biggest offense. Rather, it's his lack of truthfulness:

“But it's not, to be honest, the drugs that I think that are getting to people," she noted. "It's the lying. For the last six months, he's been vehemently denying any sort of drug use or even drinking.”

Doolittle has interviewed Ford countless times, and poked holes in any notion that the mayor wasn't asked specifically about his drug use:

"I can grab my cell phone with my tape recorder and play you 15 different times that I specifically asked, "Have you ever used drugs? Have you ever used drugs while being mayor? Have you ever smoked crack before," she explained.

The Mayor has consistently defended his position, insisting he's always answered inquiries with the utmost of truthfulness. To the contrary, Doolittle claimed Ford is basing his entire reputation on semantics:

"I mean...that was a tactical decision that he made. He came out and said, ‘You didn't ask me the right questions,’ because he knows that the lying is what's the big thing.”

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