Lawrence O’Donnell And Charles Blow Give George Zimmerman Pal Joe Oliver Epic Grilling

I saw Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night and was absolutely floored by O’Donnell and Charles Blow (NY Times columnist) ability to dissect Joe Oliver’s story methodically and succinctly.

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On Tuesday night’s The Last WordGeorge Zimmerman friend and former news anchor Joe Oliver finally ran into an interviewer who has beenwatching the game films, and the result was an epic two segments of television that left Oliver’s premise, that he knows Zimmerman well enough to know he couldn’t have killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood, in tatters.

This interview, with host Lawrence O’Donnell(possibly still steaming from last night’s walkout by Zimmerman’s lawyer) and The New York Times‘ Charles Blow, is amazing on many levels, and covers many of the points I’ve raised about themisleading, nonsensical things Oliver has been saying, and challenging the closeness of his relationship with Zimmerman. By the second segment, when WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart tagged in, Oliver began to actually dispute the characterization of him as a “close friend,” and told all three that “My role in this just doesn’t make sense.”

Some highlights include Oliver’s weird evasion of O’Donnell’s questions about whether Oliver and Zimmerman were ever co-workers. By the end of the second segment, Oliver acknowledged that “we’re co-workers.” He also made several stunning admissions, including volunteering that “George may have been drinking” the night he was arrested in 2005, then quickly adding that he’s never, ever known Zimmerman to drink.

Aside from the blistering barrage of questions, there were a few unrelated, priceless moments, like when O’Donnell is quizzing Oliver about anger management counseling, and looks like he’s about to slug some guy at the bar. Then, toward the end of the first segment, some of the lights go out in Oliver’s studio, leaving him in a sinister half-light. That should have been a clue to Oliver that things were not going to get better.

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with a friend trying to help out a friend by attesting to his fine character, but what Oliver was doing went well beyond that.

I can’t figure out, for the life of me, why Oliver hung in there for two whole segments of this, but the result was as compelling as anything I’ve seen on cable news. I’ve seen O’Donnell do the pit bull thing before, with varying results, but tonight, he got a subject he could really sink his teeth into.

Here’s the interview, in two parts.

9 comments

  1. I saw it too, kstreet.

    What a disgusting clown, that Joe Oliver. He’s obviously nothing more than a sicko, down on his luck opportunist who sees a chance to inject his name into a national story in a way that he hopes will inure to his benefit. He has simply calculated that he has more to win from his idiocy than he has to lose.

    After last night, I don’t know why any T.V. network would give him more coverage. Nevertheless, there he was today, on the Thomas Roberts show (on MSNBC, once again) talking his same nonsense.

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  2. JUSTICE WON’T BE SERVED! George Zimmermans father is a Federal Circuit Judge. His name Judge Robert Zimmerman. He clearly is paying Joe Oliver who is not working any longer at CNN married to a white woman. He got someone who is on the inside of the Media and worked there. How smart. Zimmermans lawyer nor problematic son couldn’t stand up to questions from Lawrence O’Donald so he ran out of the studio. George Zimmerman is a drunk and have given him (Judge Zimmerman) problems for years!!!! The evidence is wiped away so everything goes on Trayvonn… Joe Oliver flat out lied George Zimmerman is 250 pounds probably fatter and is losing wait. If you listen to the 911 tapes the woman says he had on a white shirt; the police deliberately confused what each person was wearing to clear Zimmerman position. That is in the amended police report. Zimmerman change clothes and does not have a broken noise; his convenent outing used is he didn’t want ambulance help. Daddy Judge money has manipulated everything… His son will walk…. And another child would be the tool used in the media. George Zimmerman is a COWARD hiding behind Daddies money and the people he paid off…
    NOW HE Joe Oliver IS ON CNN AGAIN CLAIMING NOW HE IS AN ACQUAINTANCE? HE’S GETTING PUBLIC OPINION THEN CHANGING HIS STORY THE NEXT DAY! Check out the Lawrence ODonald interview last night. AMAZING.

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    1. With the facts about the judge/father’s involvement developing and hitting the media I see quite a scandal developing.

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    2. BillyBob, I was going to report on the Judge Robert Zimmerman connection to George…but I needed to confirm it with at least 2-3 professional sources before I could write about it. None of the mainstream media sites are reporting the connection.

      So, I’ll just wait before I comment on that.

      I am aware of the discrepancies in the police report, including the fact that a lead detective wanted to charge him with manslaughter.

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