After eviscerating the stories being passed through the media about Trayvon Martin by the Sanford Police department, the Orlando Sentinel and Craig Sonner, George Zimmerman’s lawyer, you would think any Zimmerman supporter would think twice about going on and confronting Lawrence. Well, Joe “I’m Zimmerman’s Black friend” Oliver isn’t too smart. What followed was 30 minutes of Lawrence O’Donnell, Charles Blow and Jonathan Capehart running a train on Joe Oliver’s ridiculous logic. Shit really got bad when O’Donnell tosses the no-look alley-oop to Charles Blow to start his questioning and Blow just lays the hammer down on Oliver, getting him to admit he’s defending Zimmerman, not off of facts, but off of a “gut feeling”. It was so bad at one point, I felt as if O’Donnell started feeling so bad that he tried to hold an Intervention for Oliver, asking why he would quit his job to defend someone he seems to barely know. When it’s all over Lawrence O’Donnell basically tells Joe Oliver that there’s cab fare on the nightstand and to lock the door on his way out.
Now I know some wills ay that this wasn’t an interview but an attack. They’ll say that they talked over Oliver and were openly hostile. To that I say “you’re right, they were.” But here’s the thing. When someone is misrepresenting themselves the way Oliver seems to have been doing and isn’t doing anything but being a mouthpiece for Zimmerman & his lawyer who seem to be testing out possible theories and scenarios in the media. Joe Oliver’s story continued to change and never made sense (“Goon is a term of endearment”, no one under 40 says coon, etc.). He needed to be called to task for spreading lies and misinformation.