Zimmerman tries, fails to get Barbara Walters to interview him

Miami HeraldJuly 19, 2012 

George Zimmerman called ABC newswoman Barbara Walters Thursday during her live TV show, hoping to grant an interview a day after their negotiations for a sit-down broke down.

Walters told viewers watching Thursday morning’s “The View” that she flew to Florida Wednesday in the hopes of scoring an interview with Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder in the killing of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin. She said he showed up dressed in a t-shirt and made demands the network could not meet.

The New York Post reported, and the Miami Herald confirmed, that Zimmerman asked for a month’s stay in a hotel.

Walters said the former neighborhood watch volunteer seemed desperate for money and concerned about his family. After a commercial break, Walters -- with Zimmerman and his attorney holding on another line -- politely told Zimmerman that she didn’t think an on-the-spot interview was a good idea.

"Mr. Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today," she said. "In the future if you feel differently, we will consider it.”

The incident occurred the morning after an exclusive interview Zimmerman gave to Fox News’ conservative talk show host, Sean Hannity. Through a spokeswoman, Fox insisted that there was no exchange whatsoever for the Hannity interview.

The Duval County state attorney prosecuting the case filed a document Thursday listing the Fox interview as potential evidence in the case.

More footage is expected to air Friday.

Shortly after Wednesday night’s broadcast, Zimmerman’s defunct website “The Real George Zimmerman,” reappeared. The site says the attorney’s website had failed in three key missions: fund raising, disputing information and providing a voice for Zimmerman. The site includes a link the legal trust fund.

“Part of this effort will involve providing a clear picture of who George is, what his family is like, and where he comes from,” the site says.

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