‘Future lawsuit’: CNN broadcasts George Zimmerman’s Social Security number

File under: “What the Heck Were They Thinking?”

CNN viewers were shocked to see George Zimmerman’s personal information, including his Social Security number, broadcast live on TV.


A screenshot of the information shown on CNN, with the confidential information redacted by Twitchy:

Colossal, colossal mistake.



A lawsuit? We wouldn’t blame him.


  • ObamaFail

    The Obama News network broke the law. They should be fined heavily, and Zimmerman should sue them.

    • Stephen K

      Instead, they’ll get an extra helping of kibble in their bowl and maybe even a pat on the head from the Obama administration.

      • Kimihiro Watanuki

        Followed by a tongue bath.

      • Maus

        More likely, Eric Holder will let them hump Chrissy Matthew’s tingly leg.

    • serfer62

      The DOJ is looking into that right a way…oh, wait

      • TocksNedlog

        They’ll get around to it — eventually.

        There’s kind of a ‘scandal backlog’ at the moment.

    • Damian

      Fine him? So the government can gain that money? Nope they should have to post a 20 Million Dollar bond (or more) because of the damages they have just done to that man. If they can do it to him they can do it to anyone. I don’t want the government gaining anything from this, however GZ deserves restitution. That should come from the director specifically.

  • Doc Farmer

    Wow. I hope he’s got LifeLock…

    • sigh

      and BuckShot

    • descolada9

      I hope he gets an advertising contract with LifeLock after he is acquitted.

      • James Best

        “After all of my personal information was televised by an unscrupulous “news” organization, I got a new SS number and LifeLock. LifeLock, because you never know what an idiot “news” station will do next.”

  • IronButterfly

    Zimmerman attorneys were wandering how they were ever going to get paid. Now they know. Thanks CNN.

  • neoface

    Zimmerman should sue CNN out of business, apparently someone is still watching CNN.

  • cristo52
  • Stephen L. Hall

    “No one deserves that treatment lmao 😂” — @OohNO_AH

    Intellectual disconnect. No one deserves to be treated this way, but because it is someone I don’t like or respect, it’s something at which to mock and laugh. Despicable.

  • $27789750

    Why? What CNN nimrod is this stupid?

    • Stephen L. Hall

      All of them?

    • 1SkepticalChick

      What prosecutor is stupid enough to release the info to anyone to begin with? CNN, NBC, & the prosecutor, city, county, state all need to be sued in every way possible.

      • descolada9

        Are these meant to be rhetorical questions?

  • TJ

    Both NBC and CNN just paid for his defense via a lawsuit. That was not by accident when there is nothing else in that screen shot but private info.

  • andycanuck

    CNN did that so the President can have a fall back in case he loses “his” current SS number.

  • Splat

    It was all the channels! CNN, FOX, NBC, etc. so the court/state was at fault for showing and broadcasting his personal information.

    • John Rebori

      I can only find reports of CNN doing this. Do you have links to show the others were as culpable? I can believe thy are, just want proof before going with it.

      • Guest

        A link to prove that my local channel showed it? No, but I can tell you WFTV Orlando, Florida showed it, I saw it with my own eyes on their live stream. So much for the broadcast delay system that was supposedly in place.

        • John Rebori

          I think since I have actual proof of CNN doing it, and nothing but your word that anyone else did it, I’ll convict CNN and withhold judgement on the others till further evidence comes along.

  • spepper

    That should earn CNN several federal violations of distributing protected privacy information– but the key word here is SHOULD. Since CNN is one of this administration’s most loyal lapdogs, we may be waiting a LONG time before that happens.

    • Maus

      Yep… under Holder the new name is the U.S. Department of Just Us.

  • dogwonder

    My god what’s wrong with those pigs, it’s bad enough those unprofessional phucking-pigs tried him via liberal media but this is just to much.

  • jb

    Zimmerman has just now become a multi-millionare!!!!!!

    • Clive_G

      We can only hope.

    • Arya_Stark

      Yep, genius producers just paid for his defense and retirement

  • teamfrazzled

    The media created their own version of events, did all it could to paint Zimmerman as a heartless monster and not another human being in fear for his life and is still fueling the flames for mob violence in the event he is acquitted. According to the media Zimmerman erred by following so he was actually obligated to let Martin beat him unconscious and possibly to death -but an error that caused no physical harm to Martin means Zimmerman lost all right to defend himself entirely. The media, including CNN will be satisfied with nothing less than Zimmerman’s murder and total destruction or those they manipulated to explode into mob violence killing random innocents if Zimmerman is acquitted but who will still be murdered later anyway. No matter, they intend to be on hand as if merely reporting on exactly what they did all they could to insure would happen.

    • ked5

      the left is very big on thugs/perpetrators not being held accountable for their crimes and misdemeanors. (remember how much the love che – who was a thug who cried like a baby when he was caught.) they are just so misunderstood, and need help and support so they know they are loved.

  • Red Fred

    Wow. Guess they are making sure that if the jury comes back “not guilty” other people can hunt him down. CNN is very irresponsible. File suit!

  • descolada9

    Well, at least it wasn’t on ‘Faux News’. Freakin’ morons at CNN… Sadly, don’t hold your breath on CNN being fined or ever having to pay out from a lawsuit. Somehow, regime friendly news sources like this never seem to pay the price for their lies and shameless actions.

  • cscape

    not to worry….. after george is acquitted of all wrongdoing, there won’t be much left in this country to steal

  • Janice LEE

    The questions is………….WHY

  • David

    Liberals, progressives, democrats, lunatic media, and blacks are so anxious for a conviction of Zimmerman there is no low to how low they will go. For once I’d like dipwad Obama to open his stupid mouth and say he made a mistake in getting involved in the Trayvon Martin situation; then proceed to say let the court decide.
    Obama will not say anything of course and when Zimmerman is acquitted blacks will riot, burn, cause mayhem. and murder.

    It is Obama’s fault.

    • Stan

      He’s counting on it.

  • Canadian in USA

    Is this what it comes down to now? Destroying peoples’ lives like this? You KNOW that there will be those who will use this information for no good. The mess will take forever to untangle and clean up.

  • JBDestiny

    CNN is despicable. Whatever the outcome of the trial, Zimmerman will change his identity, likely others of his family as well. The real problem here is the rampant fraud that CNN has facilitated. Unlikely that they will suffer for their crime. Way to go, geniuses!

  • HARP2

    Must be the IRS again


  • Stan

    CNN want their lynching….one way or another.

  • Sonya A. Willis

    After the lawsuit, Zimmerman should own CNN and then hopefully put them out of everyone’s misery.

  • Venril

    Verges on “will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?”
    They didn’t actually *say* to do anything, but the mob understands their mission.

  • HARP2

    Damn….. It is written in cursive too.

    • John

      You just won the Internet for today.

  • LinTaylor

    “Oops, we ‘accidentally’ revealed Zimmerman’s personal information! Now all those people shouting ‘Justice for Trayvon!’ have a means to destroy his life and, if need be, kill him! Oh well, that’s why pencils have erasers!”

  • James McEnanly

    This is yet another ‘high tech lynching’. If Zimmerman is acquitted, the angry mob will know right where to go, and the more tech-savvy one will be able to make his life a nightmare with identity theft.

  • walterc

    I think George just hit the lottery. Ambulance chasers all over the country are dialing his phone number as we speak.

  • NixTyranny

    Since billion is the new million, I hope Zimmerman’s lawsuit against CNN is a multi-billion $$ lawsuit. Combined with CNN’s manipulation of a Zimmerman audio back in 2012 to make him appear racist, it is hard to see how they can claim “absence of malice.”

  • Don Truscott

    Communist News Network. …I hope Zimmerman owns cnn when alls said and done .

  • http://theconservativetreehouse.com/ $46673826

    Is anyone really surprised? This is wholly irresponsible for CNN to be doing things like this considering how much the race baiters have stirred the pot so now they are leading crazy people right to his front door!

    I hope his other lawyer, the guy that sat in court but never said anything-he’s the civil lit lawyer. I’m sure that heads will roll on this , as they should!

  • TerrorSquad

    Thankfully not too many people watch CNN but on the other hand the people that do are retarded and would probably use it for no good.

  • marcellucci

    This was no mistake…..

    • Michelle

      It absolutely was not. The trial isn’t going the way the media so desperately hoped, so they have to find a new and better way to make Zimmerman’s life a living hell.

      • marcellucci

        Can only hope for a mistrial…..

        • Michelle

          If there’s a mistrial, he can be re-tried. I hope the jury pays mighty close attention to the facts and evidence – all of it supports Zimmerman’s version of what happened. He deserves an acquittal so he can get on with whatever life he’ll have left after this media nightmare fueled by created racism. And although I’m not a person who usually supports lawsuits, I hope he wins big in his lawsuit against NBC for editing the 911 tape and created a public impression of him that wasn’t reality, and I hope he sues CNN for invading his privacy by broadcasting his personal information. I hope he spends the rest of his life a free man and a millionaire.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Did Spike Lee retweet the video of ZImmerman’s address and phone info yet?

  • marcellucci

    Who in God’s name would want to steal his identity……?
    He practically has a bounty on his head….
    Sheesh…..a guy actually also named George Zimmerman was almost crucified……

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecelia.horn Jean Gray Horn

    Obama and his puppet new medias have not respect for the Law at aLL,,they are a total disgrace,,the world is Laughing at America because of them,,,

  • SideshowJon36

    Zimmerman may never be able to work again, thanks to NBC. Thanks to CNN, he may never need to.

    • id2nv2nj2ca

      Brilliant!!! ^^^

  • I M Free

    i smell lawsuit is coming in CNN

  • Daryle Roger Peltier

    Well The Communist News Network is gong to have a problem…not to mention the Prosecuting Attorney who will be looking for a JOB after the TOWN also ets sued

  • GaryTheBrave

    Zimmerman should sue them for at least twice what they are worth. Find out what their budget is including projected profits, multiply by at least two, and make that number the amount of the suit. They would have no choice but to liquidate.

  • medbob

    Police reports should ALL be open data available to any citizen as a record of police action. Any protected personal data MUST be in a linked, secure database.

  • DINORightMarie

    Was it CNN or the prosecution that did this? Confusing, given all the different tweets.

  • seemorejustice

    FREE Lifetime membership to “Life Lock” courtesy of CNN!

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    Someone should give CNN a taste of their own medicine.

    • TocksNedlog

      Who the hell would want to falsely identify themselves as being CNN?

      • Macranthunter


        • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

          Too funny.
          And, sadly true.

      • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

        Low infos.

  • Martin Rettig

    In atonement maybe CNN can investigate the curious circumstances of why Obama was using a Connecticut SSN.

  • LauraE

    Lawsuit good! Now, we know how G Zimmerman will be able to pay his defense team..

  • Macranthunter

    CNN may not have the cash to deal with this one. This is huge.

  • TocksNedlog

    CNN’s statement:
    “Routinely the evidence is first given to the Court Clerk for redaction, and that didn’t happen in this instance. The Court is circling back to attorneys on both sides to make sure they give the Clerk’s office the opportunity to redact the necessary information.”
    — IOW, ‘It’s the court’s fault that we didn’t cut away immediately!’

  • Torqued

    It was NOT a mistake. It was done on purpose.

  • bruceben9

    He will sue and they deserve it.

  • jtgun

    It should be clear by now that the media is the enemy of the free people of the United States . Rather than pointing our finger and stomping our feet in outrage we should begin treating them like the enemies they are . They can destroy us at their pleasure just as they have destroyed George Zimmerman and all we can do is complain .

  • RecklessProcess

    ‘Progressive’ totalitarians have no boundaries and no morals of any kind. They cannot recognize right vs wrong. It doesn’t occur to them that they do harm

  • HWarrior13

    Ouch ! Yo know they are going to get their ssa’s whopped something FIERCE !

    (If you listen VERY carefully, you can actually hear the paperwork flying to the courthouse to file his law suit. Sssshhhh, let’s listen)

  • LegalizeShemp

    In 1935 when SS was started, concerns were raised about privacy issues with ID numbers, and the people concerned were “reactionaries” and “alarmists”. The Feds stated categorically that, “under no circumstances will SS numbers be used for ID purposes”. And what are they used for now? ID purposes. Of course you get a SS number from the government, because the government has become the “SS”.

  • LegalizeShemp

    CNN – Commie Nincompoop Network

  • Aitch748

    The people running the Cockroach News Network need to undergo some serious legal pain. This is completely over the line and unacceptable. I mean, this is Enron-level unacceptable. Somebody needs to pay for this, and by “pay” I mean “go to prison.” If this isn’t a felony, it ought to be.

  • fivebyfive

    Zimmerman will not only be found not guilty hell make millions off of suing the state of florida,msnbc,and cnn

  • R.Young

    Why not he’s not going to need it once he is railroaded into prison for murder.

  • julie

    OMG . . . CNN, THAT’s why I don’t watch you . . . You’re utterly wrong on so many levels, all the time!

  • kat

    Can’t believe CNN did this even though I don’t like their news. However I would have believed it if they said MSNBC because that is how low they seem to be.

  • puggish

    …and this is why conservatives should cut their cable contract ASAP.

    Even if you don’t watch CNN, it’s bundled right in there with the rest of your cable package. They still profit.

    Stop enabling the lefty tyrants.

  • AD

    Are we about ready to hold our press responsible for what they say and do? I don’t care who it is, that’s a low blow. I hope the guy has Lifelock or such service. I am typically against lawsuits because I think they are abused and overused in most situations, but in this case I hope he sues enough to put CNN out of business. I know that won’t happen, but that’s what I hope.

  • thesouthwillriseagain

    Once GZ is acquitted he will get a new identity simular to whitness protection program. Move along people.

  • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

    Class, CNN, class all the way.

  • Borissgal

    Sneaky….. they are hoping someone follows through on the threat to take him out. If the prosecution can’t win the case in court, they hand him over to the haters on a silver platter. Ugh.

  • catnap

    This is wrong on so many levels. Now we know for sure that CNN does NOT report the news – just their own agenda. I hope Zimmerman sues them for a boatload of cash. AND I hope he gets Lifelock quickly!

    CNN is (in my mind) currently lower than MesSNBC, and that takes some doing! Talk about swimming in the gutter!

  • beebop1952

    Ted Turner must be so proud.

  • Blake Waymire

    I have a feeling it wasn’t a mistake.

    • Mark81150

      agreed.. they saw the prosecution was falling apart, and decided to administer “social street justice”.. which is another way of saying.. hey.. somebody out there want to eff up Zimmerman’s life forever?

      The feds should A. issue him a new number.. B. prosecute CNN for a violation of the privacy act.

      I hope Zimmerman and his lawyers hammer both CNN and that scumbag prosecutor till he OWNS all their stuff.. and CNN has to do a month long apology tour, explaining why they AREN’T the nasty left wing scum we all know and hate.

      He should end up owning Turner’s yacht.

  • MystiKasT

    The mainstream media is a disgrace

  • Mark81150

    Bet anything right now, CNN’s legal department is screaming…. “FOR GOD’S SAKE.. SETTLE!”…. and CNN’s executives are digging in their heels..

  • Mark81150

    The real danger is, after all the lies, by CNN, MSNBC and the rest, even after his acquittal, he’ll be forever on the run from race whining black street thugs looking to kill him.. egged on by the flaming scum at MSNBC..

    who won’t tell you about all the attacks against innocent whites by black “youths” looking for “payback”… they put a target on the backs of every non black in mixed urban areas, and don’t give a damn..

    all because a would be gangsta thug with an extreme case of race hate decided to beat a “creepy ass’ed cracker” to death, and picked the wrong guy. Traven was a goon, and the race baiting left won’t acknowledge that.. If a guy wearing a hood over his head was creeping through bushes in my neighborhood, no matter what color, I’d call the cops too… and if he were stupid enough to attack me, even unarmed.. you learn a lot as an SP about physical combat… and he’d be walkin funny with those skittles shoved up his a………………..

    Everything sane about this case, says Zimmerman is being railroaded for the crime of not letting a black street thug kill him.. Sharpton is “outraged”… well Sharpton is a fat conman who gins up racial hatred for money.. he never see’s his own bigotry or that of any black, no matter how self evident.

  • USPatriot

    Ted Turner can get out his check book and go ahead and pen George a big fat check today. CNN will be sued and can NOT win. What idiots.

  • scubaski00

    Hmmm…maybe the IRS can issue him a DECEASED person’s SS#….you know, like OBAMA’s grandmother did for him!??!

  • scubaski00

    Hmmm…maybe the IRS can issue him a DECEASED person’s SS#….you know, like OBAMA’s grandmother did for him!??!

  • scubaski00

    I definitely think it was intentional!!