Morgan Freeman (AP/Chris Pizzello)

Morgan Freeman on coverage of Baltimore protests: "F*ck the media!"

"There's a take, there's a take, and there's a take. It's just commentary. They're just commenting on things."


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 1, 2015 5:25PM (UTC)

Seventy-seven-year-old Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman has been watching coverage of the protests in Baltimore, and he is far from satisfied with what he's been seeing.

"Look at MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN," he told the Daily Beast's Marlow Stern. "Go between those three. 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."

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"Fuck the media," he added. He did acknowledge, however, that the coverage was better than Ferguson, because at least "some young reporters" are listening to the complaints of the protesters -- protesters who, in an interview with Newsweek's Zach Schonfeld, Freeman said he supported.

"I was watching the news last night," he said, "and [a protester] said, 'You know, when we were out here marching peacefully, nobody was here. And now we start burning the place down, everybody is listening. What do you think we’re gonna do to be heard?"

"She's got a point there," he added. Freeman continued, noting that technology has it made it possible to document "the terrorism [the black community] suffers from the police."

"Because of the technology -- everybody has a smartphone -- now we can see what the police are doing," he explained. "We can show the world, 'Look, this is what happened in that situation.' So why are so many people dying in police custody? And why are they all black? And why are all the police killing them white?"

Freeman added that the most common excuse police have used when involved in fatal shootings is they feared for their safety. "Well, now we know -- you feared for your safety while a guy was running away from you, right?"

As he told Stern in the Daily Beast interview, "now, at least, you can see his hands were up in the air. 'What part of your safety were you afraid of?' The guy was running away, 'What part of your safety was in danger?'"

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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