I mostly missed the Ken Bone phenomenon. I either wasn’t watching or wasn’t listening when he asked a question at the last presidential debate.

He then became a media darling, though I’m not really sure why. Something to do with his red sweater, apparently. And the fact that after the debate he said he started off leaning towards Trump, but was impressed with and considering Hillary.

It was a perfect pro-Clinton media meme, common guy journalists otherwise would mock becomes cool because he moves from Trump to Hillary; a good example for the common folk to hear about.

Bone then sought to cash in, selling a version of his red sweater and doing other stuff to make a buck and promote himself.

Then he got boned.

By the same media that loved him, but I suspect never really accepted the conversion from Trumpist to “I’m with her” enthusiast.

The pretext was an Ask Me Anything (AMA) forum at Reddit. During the AMA Bone used his prior username, rather than creating a new one, and in searches it turned up that some of this comments at Reddit in the past were about …. sex.

CNN was on the case almost as quickly as Donna Brazile forwarded that town hall question to the Clinton team, Ken Bone leaves seedy comment trail on Reddit:

Ken Bone’s charm may now be a thing of the past.

A look at the viral sensation’s Reddit history reveals a different side of the wholesome man America thought they’d earned. The discovery comes just a few days after Bone, clad in a red sweater, was sprung into the spotlight during Sunday’s presidential debate.

Bone’s questionable Reddit posts include a number of comments about the bodies of women in NSFW photos, as well as a confession that he once committed felony insurance fraud, forging documents to make it appear that he had car insurance for his pizza delivery gig.

But that wasn’t the cardinal sin. As that same CNN article noted:

In addition, he wrote candid comments about the killing of Trayvon Martin, which he referred to as “justified.” He also called acquitted gunman George Zimmerman a “big ole shit bird.”

Here’s the full Bone reddit post about Trayvon Martin (yellow highlighting added):

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It appears that Gizmodo (which acquired Gawker Media) took the Trayvon issue viral, Ken Bone Forgot to Delete His Reddit Porn Comments, Said Trayvon Martin Killing Was ‘Justified’:

Others joined the attack, like The Daily News:

The Daily Beast piled on:

Most damaging of all, he suggested the killing of Trayvon Martin was “legally justified”—however we should note that Bone did go on to add that George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the killing of the unarmed teenager on the basis of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, was a “big ole shit bird.”

“Bad guy legally kills kid in self defence,” he wrote. “Sucks for everybody, including us due to media fuckery.”

Will this election cycle drain the good out of everything?

And it spread from there:

TMZ reported:

Presidential debate darling Ken Bone says comments he made about Trayvon Martin’s death being “justified” were taken out of context and people are way too eager to make him look bad.

Bone was doing an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit Thursday under his alias, StanGibson18, when people traced it back to an earlier thread with the Trayvon comment.

Bone tells TMZ the June Reddit post regarding Trayvon was merely him recapping the Department of Justice’s report on the case. “Legally justified” were the report’s words … not Ken’s.

KB says his personal feeling is … just because it was justified, doesn’t mean it was right, and he absolutely believes Trayvon’s death was a tragedy. As for why people made it seem otherwise? Ken says it’s a case of people just trying to take him down, now that he’s in the spotlight.

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Of course, lost in all these attacks, is the fact that Bone was correct.

The shooting of Trayvon Martin was justified as a lawful act of self defense. I watched almost the entire trial live on TV, and of course, followed Andrew Branca’s daily live coverage and analysis, which was the best out there.

I laid out the case why the shooting was legally justified in this radio interview:

We had hundreds of posts about the case, but if you only have time to read one for a recap, read Andrew’s anniversary post, Zimmerman Trial Redux: Busting the Myths Again:

I suppose it’s to be expected that on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad victim selection day we would get to enjoy a resurgence of the many false narratives surrounding Martin’s attack on George Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s self-defense, the circus of Sharpton-led protests, the politically-driven prosecution, and the resulting acquittal.

Back when this was all going on in real time I had the pleasure of writing several posts that gutted the worst of the memes.  It seems, then, that the most appropriate response to the re-emergence of these lies is to re-post their evidence-and law-based rebuttals.

Here I’ll just point to the myths I busted at length in my own posts–I’ll defer on the other related nonsense, such as the ubiquitous portrayal of the 17-year-old Martin using a picture of him at age 12 (a more age-appropriate “selfie” of Martin is featured above), and the lightening of photos of George Zimmerman to place greater emphasis on the “white” rather than the “Hispanic.”

I don’t have time to cover all of the carefully orchestrated falsehoods perpetrated by those who wished to put an innocent Zimmerman in prison for the rest of his life–there were easily dozens of these lies–but here’s an afternoon’s worth of enjoyable myth-busting reading.

Read the whole thing.

And remember:

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”