On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver sarcastically praised the national news media for covering the Baltimore protests “with all the deft, not-at-all racist touch that they’ve become known for.” So kicked off a three-minute piece about about Baltimore.
It begins with back-to-back clips of Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera and CNN’s Brian Todd mistaking the same man, marching in Baltimore, for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. It’s unbelievable.
Oliver then turned away from media coverage, citing the difference between the bail amounts set for the six officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death ($250,000-$300,000) and the bail amount set for Allen Bullock ($500,000), a protester who smashed several cars, including at least one police car.
“$500,000 for breaking car windows!” he said. “To put that in context, even Robert Durst had his bail set at just $300,000 after definitely not killing that guy in Galveston, Texas. That amount of money makes absolutely no sense. That kid’s crimes were misdemeanors; he turned himself in. In fact, the only explanation for his bail being set that high is that — just like Geraldo Rivera and that guy from CNN — judges in Baltimore can’t look at black people without seeing millionaire Russell Simmons.”