CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin on Wednesday offered a rationale for racist messages sent by George Zimmerman's brother, saying there were "two sides to this story."


"I spoke to him for about 45 minutes," she said. "And anyone that knows Robert Zimmerman and has spoken to him knows he's very passionate about his family, very, very supportive of his brother."

Tuesday on his Twitter page, Robert Zimmerman Jr. compared Trayvon Martin, the black teen his brother killed last year, to alleged baby killer De’Marquise Elkins. Both black youths had posed in pictures while flipping the bird. Zimmerman said the photos spoke "volumes about their character" and added, "Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky."

Zimmerman told Hostin that the tweets were intended to show how the media unfairly portrayed his brother as the aggressor and Martin as the victim. He acknowledged the tweets were offensive and apologized for them.

"So, you know, just from your perspective, to his point about the media treatment in both stories, do you think he has a point?" CNN host Brook Baldwin asked.

"I think many people do believe as the story has been developed more, that there are two sides to this story, and that perhaps initially the Zimmerman family's story wasn't accurately depicted," Hostin responded.

"And I think that Robert Zimmerman in many respects feels that it is his duty to put that out there," she continued. "I mean, he certainly discussed with me how this has changed the lives of his family. And while they acknowledge George Zimmerman is still alive, he acknowledged that his family has not lost a brother and a son, as the Martin family had, their lives have been destroyed, they received death threats. And so he really feels very frustrated about how, I guess, the story has been framed."

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast March 27, 2013.