Okay, first off, let's get this out of the way...
Earlier today, ABCNews.com reported that George Zimmerman was one of two people who rescued a family from an overturned SUV.
See the story here.
By this afternoon, the story had been shared by many news sources, and news-ish sources, From CBS and CNN to The Huffington Post, and others.
Also, not surprisingly, every right-wing, propaganda web site and blog had done the same.
Now, call me a cynic...
(Sorry about that. Let's all take a moment to compose ourselves and wipe whatever we were drinking off of our monitors and keyboards.)
But, is it just me? Or, does nothing about this story pass the smell test?
Aside from the ABC News report, there is no other version of the story.
Just credulous news sources, web sites, bloggers and Facebook posters repeating the original ABC News story.
No journalistic investigation. No facts to back up the original story's claim.
Just multiple sources repeating the same ABC News story.
Over and over again.
Hell. If you pay close attention to the ABC story, you will realize that, even though they reported it without question, you can tell that even they have their doubts about the story's veracity.
The same Florida law enforcement agency that didn't want to prosecute Zimmerman in the first place, now wants us to believe that George "emerged from hiding" just in time to save the lives of a family of crash victims.
They claim that he stuck around to answer a few questions, then rode off into the sunset.
Someone wants us to believe that George Zimmerman is....
Here is the problem.
The Blog, by his own admission, is not a journalist.
But, because he is the sort of person who wants to get the facts on many subjects, he lays out a few dollars a month to subscribe to LexisNexis, a service that actual journalists use for research.
And The Blog can find no indication that there has been an accident on the I-4 and Route 46 in Florida in the past week.
Which suggests that the whole story is a blatant lie.
Over on Facebook, only one of The Blog's friends expressed doubt about the veracity of the story.
Robbie ("Cousin Oliver" and whichever "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" he supplied the voice for,) Rist, had this to say.
Come back tomorrow for "Part Two" of "The Last Zimmerman Rant."
The post will include a "Twitpic" of Geraldo Rivera that you will never un-see.