This whole thing is a mess. A fabricated mess. New media reports now reflect that 27-year-old Christina Meza Johnson, was shopping her story? The mainstream media essentially left a trail of breadcrumbs right up to her front door (see below) yet, some professional media people are “surprised” that her name is so easily known. Seriously?
(Miami Herald) […] “It’s completely irrelevant, and now we will have to waste 50 hours on something that will never make it to a courtroom,” he [O’Mara] told The Miami Herald Monday night. “He [Zimmerman] denies it. He is saying that it never happened.”
O’Mara said he’s now put in the position of having to discredit the woman, by pointing out things like that she tried to sell her story to People magazine. (more)
Christina Meza Johnson 2007 Mugshot (aka, Cristina Meza, Cristina L Meza, Christina M Johnson, Christina Meza, Christina L Johnson, Cristina L Johnson et al)
Also identified by an apparently apropos tattoo on her right wrist
If you were to read the NBC labeled African-American Interest Website TheGrio.Com one would think that our little insignificant Treehouse blog with no affiliation to anything, “outed” the identity of Witness #9 Christina Meza-Johnson.
Alas, the actual facts are again divergent from the poor reporting done by main stream authors. In this case Ms. Joy-Ann Reid.
We should give due credit, where credit is due; and it most certainly does not belong to us.
Perhaps after we share with Ms. Reid and others the facts of the “outing” we might be able to talk people into a little actual fact-based investigative journalism in the Trayvon Martin Shooting case. The least we can do is try.
If Ms. Reid actually did a little research, of her own peers, in their words, she would discover the media had already “outed” Cristina Meza, aka Cristina M Johnson. Starting with Matt Gutman identifying her as George Zimmerman’s cousin:
Later confirmed by Trayvon family attorney Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks. Who incidentally knew first hand who witness #9 was including the substance, albeit well overblown, which Ben Crump announced on Sunday during the Geraldo Rivera Show:
Jeff Weiner (Orlando Sentinel) then picks up the discovery ball and further describes the “Cousin’s” timeline and association with George Zimmerman moving to Florida:
And then somewhat not surprisingly, fresh off previous witness
tampering outing Ms. Reid’s Miami Herald colleague Frances Robles again shares the timeline of the Cousin and the relationship to the age of Mr. Zimmerman. Apparently they are taking a two-pronged approach:
Ironically these tweets of highlighted witness information are from the same reporter who “outed” pro-Zimmerman defense Witness, and Zimmerman security defense agent, Mark Osterman. Just this past weekend.
Which led to Russell Simmons at the far left Global Grind posting pictures of Mr. Osterman’s HOME. in a highly questionable article based off Frances Robles reporting.
For some reason Ms. Robles had no issue “outing” in her publication the identity of a favorable witness for George Zimmerman’s defense. Yet when she outlines the particulars of the anti-Zimmerman witness, she stops short of such identification.
Most alarmingly reflecting something… if not highly visible bias.
It would appear the biased slip is showing in Ms Robles and many other media reporters. But, nevermind, back to the matter at hand…
So the media, and Trayvon family attorneys share that witness #9 is a confirmed female cousin of George Zimmerman approximately year and a half to two years younger than he. Which would make her current age around 27. They reveal she used to visit him and his family in Virginia, and she lives in Sanford and was the first family contact with George Zimmerman when he first moved to Florida. Well, that essentially narrows the field down to, well, ONE. Not to be sarcastic by intent but that’s not a real tough one there folks.
It is almost like the media is standing outside Mrs. Johnson’s house with a big flashy sign saying look in here. It is not a leap to actually follow their trucks, park behind them, read their figurative signs and then ring the doorbell. Not exactly an “outing” as one might think.
But far larger than this outlined discovery, perhaps some real investigative or journalistic type people should look into another strange dynamic about this 27-year-old self-described, and tattooed “Mischief Managed“, person who CLAIMS George was, well, very inappropriate to say the least, and if you take them at the bi-line headlines he was just about convicted in the papers as a child molester. Nevermind the fact he was 7 or 8 when she was 6 as the stories are written.
Perhaps a few of the more mainstream reporters might want to talk to each other, yes, each other, along with the folks from people magazine and find out exactly how many media outlets were contacted as she tried to sell “The Story” first.
Perhaps start with tweets like this one from Fox affiliate Daralene Jones, there are more out there in the Orlando area making the same claim of contact, but maybe just start with Ms. Jones. However, then again,….
That would require those quid-pro-quo / conflict of interest relationship to be separated a little bit. Yes, whoopsie, that might upset the apparently chummy relationship with Trayvon Family Attorney Natalie Jackson in this case. But how else are you going to discover the TRUTH for readers and viewers.
Where is the journalistic code of the Fourth Estate.? Perhaps that one is a little to difficult a conversation. Got it. Ok, let’s try another journalistic angle. Ready?
What about asking this cable news contributor and author, Ms. Goldie Taylor, how she came to possess evidence relating to the STORY of Mrs. Christina Meza Johnson, before it was released ? Is this too much to ask? Does it strike an uncomfortable note.?
If Ms. Goldie Taylor had the tape recordings of Christina Meza Johnson before they were released by the prosecution/State, which apparently in her own words she did, well, wouldn’t you be just a little curious how that happened.?
Was this an example of some “Story Shopping”?
Then again, maybe not. Maybe this was all just too uncomfortable because it goes against the grain of modern main stream journalism. Obviously the George Zimmerman child molester angle has more, well, shall we say, ideological meat on the bone. But is it really fair to run with such stories in every outlet as witnessed yesterday without anyone taking pause and saying, wait a moment we should check this stuff out.
The only way to actually share a story of such sensitivity against the backdrop of media shopping would be to hold back and actually do some background investigation into the integrity of the charge and accusation itself.
Already you can see the law enforcement apparatus did not think too much of the information regarding relevance, and all initial reports are Mrs. Johnson’s testimony holds no merit to the substance of the shooting on the night of February 26th. To the contrary quite the opposite appears to be the discovery. There was no evidence of racist intent, nor does Mrs. Johnson have anything specific she can align with George Zimmerman which would have bearing as such.
But if you wanted to chase down the sexual abuse angle, I’m sure you wouldn’t just take one person’s word without weighing the balance of self-interest and motivation, would you? Most certainly before you would take such a position you talked to her family right? I mean not Zimmerman’s side of the family because they would be seen to have a self-interest all their own and potentially lying and stuff.
But what about the other side.? What about Mrs. Meza’s mom Mary, or Dad Luis, who apparently goes by Mike and is the Brother to George’s mom Gladys. Wouldn’t you want to get their opinion on what could potentially be some stability issues or, if the story shopping is as accurate as reported, perhaps there are financial motives at play.
Again, nothing within the substance of such considerations have any relevance to the shooting or arrest. But if this is the media chosen direction wouldn’t it be relevent if Mrs. Johnson was on any prescribed medications, as one example. Again, these just appear obvious questions. Perhaps we’re wrong.
I know, as I re-read this now I am actually proposing for you to get out from behind the comfort of desks and do legwork reporting. But you are about to advance a very dangerous narrative without any substance, against a backdrop of a now visible agenda driven accusation.
At the very least, how about just hold off on the latte a minute and look through social media networks and seeing what Mrs. Christina Meza Johnson might have written about George Zimmerman, like on Facebook or Twitter or her other social platforms. Something, anything that might justify the thousands of reams of print and key strokes.
You’d be amazed at what you can find out. The “Cached Pages” are priceless. I hope you go ahead. We’ll wait patiently for those eye-opening tweets and headlines.