The fight for justice for Trayvon continues, and by now the mainstream media has dug its claws into every aspect of the shocking case. One of the developments that people have found the most off-putting is George Zimmerman’s friend Joe Oliver making the media rounds in his defense. Oliver is black, and insists that he has “a gut feeling” that Zimmerman could not have targeted Trayvon Martin with any racial motivation. He swears that the word “coons” on the 911 tape is possibly the word “goons,” has it under good authority that Zimmerman was badly beaten by Trayvon, and most shockingly asserts that “if we weren’t here talking about George killing Trayvon, we’d be talking about Trayvon killing George.” Man, what?
Thankfully MSNBC’s The Last Word hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell was one of Oliver’s stops last night, because it’s hard to watch people interview Oliver and not eviscerate him for the utter lack of knowledge that he’s driving this nonsensical pro-Zimmerman public relations campaign with. O’Donnell, Charles Blow, and Jonathan Capehart really let this guy have it. Watch as the tough questions are asked during the first segment of the show:
Did you know that Charles Blow was gangster like that? I certainly didn’t. The segment of the show that follows also does no favors for Joe Oliver’s image and basically ends with him looking and sounding like an irrelevant fool.
Now, it’s sad to have heard words like “Uncle Tom” and “traitor” directed towards Joe Oliver just because he’s defending a non-black person from charges of racism. But as the journalists here demonstrate quite well, this man has no idea what he’s talking about and it’s rather suspicious that he’s getting involved at all. Quitting his job to hit the media circuit to defend a friend of six years who he hasn’t seen since well before the shooting? With a canned version of events that he didn’t witness and no true ability to demonstrate that Zimmerman could not possibly be a racist? Thank you, MSNBC, for getting to the bottom of this character’s lack of knowledge and his shady role in the Trayon Martin incident.