CNN Broadcasts Zimmerman’s SSN, Lynch Mob Is Pleased

With the 4th of July holiday coming up I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on how our founding fathers felt about direct democracy. In comparing American democracy to Athenian democracy, former President James Madison wrote that defining principle of American democracy “lies in the total exclusion of the people in their collective capacity.”

Which is to say that America was not designed to be governed by the mob rule of direct democracy. Yet we’ve been creeping toward mob rule for some time now. The 17th amendment, allowing for the popular election of Senators, was a big step in that direction. The rise of mass media was another step, and with the proliferation of social media we seem to be very much governed by the whims of public opinion.

Case in point, the George Zimmerman case in Florida, which today saw CNN broadcasting Zimmerman’s personal details (including his SSN) to a jubilant crowd on Twitter and other social media which have already convicted him.

There are other recent examples too. The disruption of legislative proceedings in Texas in a thuggish attempt to block pro-life legislation is an example. The attempt by protesters in places like Michigan and Wisconsin to block labor reforms by mobbing lawmakers is another.

It’s as though a whole movement of Americans has come to believe that they can get their way through sheer force of will, regardless of things like due process or legislative procedure.

This is a troubling development for the American republic.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    It’s a form of terrorism that the left likes to employ. The lynch mob mentality goes all the way back to their klan days.

    • $8194357

      And union thugs as well.
      They have since went the hi tech community organizers route.

    • borborygmi45

      Lynch Mob mentality……That would be Rob vs Anything Higher Ed , from the board to Presidents to football players. Especially football players.

      • ec99

        What do football players have to do with higher ed?

      • Rob

        I wouldn’t say that my coverage of the problems at NDSU approaches anything like a “lynch mob.”

        • borborygmi45

          YOu wanted to punish before all info was in, you wanted to punish, before trial, you wanted to be judge jury and executioner rob.

          • mikemc1970

            How does some guy speaking his mind on a blog punish anyone?

          • borborygmi45

            doesn’t but since the subject is lynch mob mentality…..and you are blaming the left please look to ;your right. Rob is right there rope in hand

      • mikemc1970

        No that would be going after a story. Lynch mob mentality would be going after Paula Dean for nothing more than having a public spat with the first lady.

        • borborygmi45

          Paula Dean was a victim of Lynch Mob Mentality and excess PC.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Paula Dean was a victim of falling ratings and being out of favor with the leadership of the Food Network for having an unhealthy cooking style.
            This was an excuse to get rid of somebody who they felt was not in line with the style of cooking they want to portray.

  • Neil Christensen

    Gee CNN, who needs the NSA when you’ll leak info on people you don’t like for free.

  • Flyby_Knight

    The 17th amendment was a terrible idea, and it should be repealed as soon as possible.

  • JoeMN

    Accidental ?
    CNN is playing for the vindictive lynch mob left

  • WOOF

    The mob freed us all.
    The people united,
    shall not be defeated.
    America is a mob.

    • HG

      There is little unity left in this country. We’re more politically divided than we have ever been.

      • borborygmi45

        Thats because the other side is wrong.

        • mikemc1970

          No that’s because the other side, yours, are made up of low information voters that are only capable of knee-jerk emotional reactions and completely incapable of any sort of logical reasoning.

          • borborygmi45

            Subtlety goes over your head. Whoosh. Its always the other side that is at fault.

          • mikemc1970

            It seems Oedipus isn’t the only one that can blind himself to a truth that he doesn’t want to accept.

  • Guest

    From the mouth piece of rob port the propagandist for the conservative mob.

    • LenYol

      And you’re still an ignorant piece of sh*t. Always was, and always will be. Aren’t you glad you’ve reached your full potential?

    • Mark 2112

      so you’d be ok with YOUR personal information being leaked?

    • Rob

      You say that like it’s a bad thing. ;-)

      • Guest

        I agree with the story and the problem. This story was politicized from the very start and rather than looking for the truth the media wanted a story. But I think it’s the nature of media anymore. It’s about marketing and going to a source where people hear what they want to rather than reality. I laugh at your criticism of the story because you are the other side of the coin–ideology in the media world. The way the media works today both sides included is disgusting to me and I really wonder how many people reporting on the news or commenting on it are being honest or simply know that they are not doing a social good but are rather simply entertaining trying to pursue their own fame and economic benefit. Just think when you word things and write stories, is this my best attempt to honestly report this or is this simply the headline that will get the most views and commenting. When you comment on something in the news does it provide the whole context and word itself evenly or as evenly as you could explain it with you libertarian beliefs or is it simply what will get the most views from your small ideological/regional pocket of the media world.

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  • SigFan

    So I would imagine that in addition to suing NBC Zimmerman will be filing a suit against CNN shortly – and he should. If any harm comes to him or his family due to this “mistake” (it wasn’t a mistake) CNN will end up being ZNN.

  • borborygmi45

    I will be surprised if Zimmerman is found guilty.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The liberal MSM are nothing more than a branch of the liberal Democrat party. Their coverage of this trial is predictable. If Zimmerman is found innocent you can expect them to fuel the flames of the impending riots. If he is found guilty they will be the first to pound the nail in his crucifixion cross.