John Oliver on “Not-at-All-Racist” Media Coverage of Baltimore

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Via HBO.com
Via HBO.com

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.”



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  1. The police in Baltimore did not willfully hurt that man. They were doing their job which includes subduing people who are resisting arrest. The man destroying the police car is doing that willfully. Until you live here, you are hardly the person to pass judgment on us.

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