Morgan Freeman on Baltimore: ‘F*** the Media’
Morgan Freeman has just three simple words to describe the coverage of last week’s protests in Baltimore: “F*** the media.”
The comments came during an interview with The Daily Beast, where the “Lucy” actor candidly expressed his thoughts on the happenings surrounding the death of Freddie Gray.
“Look at MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Go between those three,” Freeman told the outlet. “There’s a take, there’s a take, and there’s a take. It’s just commentary. CNN wants to be pure news, but the others are just commentary. They’re just commenting on things.”
Despite not really feeling the media right now, Freeman did credit the entity for the improvement they’ve made since last year’s coverage of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Freeman specifically took issue with the media’s focus on allegations that Brown had robbed a convenient store minutes before his death.
“Now, they’re getting more of the whole picture. Ferguson? No,” the actor stated. “Baltimore seems to be coming up with a different scenario in the background. People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of a sudden you’re all here.’ Why is that? What’s the difference?’ And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.”
Freeman is among a growing list of celebrities who are expressing disapproval of how the media has been covering protests. Comedian Larry Wilmore blasted Fox News for its “racial approach” in reporting the Baltimore protests.
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