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Double Standard? Robert Zimmerman reacts to shooting of Christpoher Lane

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," August 22, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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ED HENRY, FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Do you have any reaction to the Christopher Lane case?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY: I'm not familiar with it actually.

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DAVID WEBB, GUEST HOST: That was White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest yesterday punting a question regarding the brutal slaying of Christopher Lane. However, moments later after the event surrounding the murder were described, Earnest had this to say.

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EARNEST: Well, just that this sounds like a pretty tragic case. I wouldn't want to get ahead of the legal process here, and it's clear that law enforcement officials are involved and investigating.

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WEBB: Talk about selective outrage. Because if the Obama standard for not commenting was because of legal processes ongoing, or if law enforcement officials involved or are involved, or if an investigation is taking place, then he should never have said this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, MARCH 23, 2012)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son he'd look like Trayvon.

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WEBB: Joining me with reaction to this glaring double standard is Robert Zimmerman, his brother was of course acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last month. Great to see you, Robert.

What do you say to this glaring hypocrisy in the reporting? And it's not always a race narrative, but it's the hypocrisy that gets me here. What do you say?

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S BROTHER: David, it's great to be with you. I don't know where to begin on the White House. Apparently they've lost Internet access or there's some other explanation as to why the entire country is talking about the tragic slaying of Chris Lane and they're unaware of it just like Jay Carney was unaware weeks ago of our family's security situation.

I see the double standard there. If the president feels like he should make remarks then he will. I wish that the White House chief deputy press secretary were a little bit more prepared to answer questions about some of the topics trending in our nation.

I don't think it's fair to say that he should know about everything that has any kind of racial inflection, nor in this case do I think that we should point out only the race of the shooter or the alleged shooter as a factor that we need to look into and to decry it as racist. But for the fact that his social media accounts seem to by his own hand suggest that he hates white people and he quantifies 90 percent of -- I'm sorry -- of white people being nasty.

And that kind of -- it's really disturbing because he also tweets two days after the Zimmerman verdict, my brother's verdict of not guilty, that he's been knocking out five what he calls peckers, which is a slang word, a derogatory word for white people. And if you read between the lines there, that's a black young person saying that they are not happy with the verdict and that they are directing violence, hostility, towards people who are white, very specifically. And that's what I'm really bothered with.

WEBB: You know bothers me about this is, this really about a thug lifestyle. And it's not always black on white. It's something deeper than that. We have the references to white people, knocking them out. We have gang-style initiation events. And when you look at this for what it is, the real danger is that it's hijacked for another agenda rather than dealing with the correct problem.

In your brother's case, it was false narrative that it was a race issue that was pushed that was supported by the race profiteers out there. And here we have a case whereas Juan Williams and Colonel Allen West both agreed earlier, there are no civil rights leaders leading a charge on what's happening to our young children today and why they end up in these situations.

So when it comes to this White House, one, I don't think they should weigh in on everything. But do you think the president has a responsibility to weigh in and say, we have a problem with our youth when they have this kind of moral character? Or lack of moral character.

ZIMMERMAN: Sure. I think the president when he did take to the podium, which is what Ed Henry was referencing in that tape that you played, he did say that we need to do some soul searching and to do some more directed efforts in terms of mentoring African-American youth.

Now, that happens to be what my brother was doing. And that's what your previous guests were alluding to. You have to go into the hood, which is quite literally what George did despite the funding being cut off. Children whose parents, whose father were serving a life sentence in prison, were not something he was willing to dismiss and to just say, well, the funding's cut off and I'm out of here. He knows that the way to break the cycle is by directly intervening in young people's lives.

So that -- if he sees something, for example, on their social media where they're trying to acquire guns or have guns or they hate this group of people or that group of people, there's some kind of an adult there to talk about it. And I think we make a lot of good points about this culture that seems to glorify guns, violence, you know, terrible treatment of women, drugs, cash, cars, whatever you want to call it.

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WEBB: And when we look at it for what it is, let's face it, they had a gun. It's illegal. Should not have had the gun. This is not about a legal gun owner, this is about a thug lifestyle. This is about ownership of something that is a deadly weapon and using it to kill another human being. What is --

ZIMMERMAN: It's at its core if I may, David.

WEBB: Yes.

ZIMMERMAN: It's at its core the way I see it, it's a horrible failure of parenting. I'm not sure where we divorced ourselves as a society from the notion that what young people do in our midst, in our care, those who are under 18, are our responsibility. Their actions are our responsibility as parents. Parents have to be where the buck stops for the actions of its children. If you're 15, 16, 17-year-olds have guns or are trying to secure guns to procure guns for whatever reason, you need to know about it and you need to stop it. Because you can't stop with music.

WEBB: Well, the problem here, Robert, is that these parents weren't even involved in the picture according to the police, according to neighbors. These kids ran wild. They were raising themselves. And that is not an environment that is ever successful when it comes to children.

Robert Zimmerman, thank you for joining us.

ZIMMERMAN: Very good to see you, David.

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