Transatlantic Passage

The piece by Manuel Roig-Franzia in the Washington Post was also published in the  London Independent.

There were, some interesting changes. The reference to “Lorena Bobbitt’s emasculating kitchen knife” was omitted. Perhaps the editors of the Independent were worried that it might start giving somebody ideas.

Then there was an addition.

In the Washington Post there is “In those boxes were a bag of Skittles and an AriZona brand fruit drink [well done! But surely you can say watermelon for an adult audience] , the two items that Martin’s family so poignantly noted were the only things he was armed with on that rainy night in February 2012 when Zimmerman spotted him walking through a modest gated community in Sanford.”

In the Independent there is “In those boxes were a bag of Skittles and a fruit drink, the two items that Trayvon’s family so poignantly noted were the only things he was armed with on that rainy night in February 2012 when Zimmerman spotted him walking through a modest gated community in Sanford, felt he was a threat, and shot him dead.”

felt he was a threat, and shot him dead

British libel laws are famously strict. Somebody may be in trouble here.

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