The Huffington Post reports that writers and producers with the Writers Guild of America-East at Peacock Productions are petitioning Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Chris Hayes to speak out against the impending merger.
*If you saw Lawrence O’Donnell‘s MSNBC show “The Last Word” Monday night, you saw him go in on two police officers from Taos, New Mexico for using extreme, over the top, excessive force during a stop.
Via a police cruiser’s dash cam, we see one of the officers mistreating the car’s driver, a 39-year-old black woman named Oriana Farrell, and another officer fire 3 rounds at Farrell’s minivan that also contained her 5 (unarmed) children as she drove away from them. But first some background.
Details of the recent stop emerged when KRQE-TV obtained video from the dashboard camera of the police cruiser that pulled over the family of six for speeding near the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.
The footage taken Oct. 28 shows driver Farrell disobeying the officer’s orders, including driving off after being told to take her keys out of the vehicle.
The Memphis, Tenn., woman was pulled over again and the situation escalated as she pleaded for lenience while refusing the officer’s orders to get out of the van.
She eventually exits the vehicle, but tries to get back in as the officer, identified as Tony DeTavis in police records, tries to restrain her.
The TV station’s edited video shows at least two of her five children get out of the vehicle to confront DeTavis in her defense.
Farrell ushered the smaller child back into the van as the 14-year-old struggled with the officer. The teen got back in the vehicle and shut the door after DeTavis appears to pull out his stun gun.
At that point, backup arrived as DeTavis bashed out the minivan’s front passenger window with his nightstick and another officer, identified in records as Elias Montoya, shot at the vehicle as it drove off. Montoya wrote that he fired his weapon “at the left rear tire in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle.”
The mother and teen were arrested in front of a hotel after a brief chase. She has since been released and faces charges of child abuse, fleeing and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes found in the van. Farrell was released on bond.
It’s unclear whether the 14-year-old remains in custody. He faces charges of battery of an officer. His name has not been released.
For more of the story, go to ABC News.
Now, as far as Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC commentary on “The Last Word,” he posited that the officers DeTavis and Montoya, acted like “TV cop shows” instead of how real police officers are supposed to conduct themselves in the line of duty.
O’Donnell said the officer who opened fire “violates the law” with his “completely unconstitutional use of deadly force.” He dispelled the “mythical practice” of firing warning shots, explaining that “most bullets fired by police miss most of the time.”
He ended the segment by explaining that after everything that’s happened, “Those two officers have been charged with nothing.”
Watch the video below, via MSNBC and if you haven’t seen it, it’s mind blowing:
*Co-host of MSNBC’s daytime show “The Cycle” Touré joined HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill Thursday and defended his network’s all-white primetime lineup.
The cable news industry has come under criticism for its lack of diversity generally, and within primetime in particular. Though MSNBC has several African-American hosts, none of them anchor primetime shows.
But Touré said that within MSNBC’s modern era, there have only been five hosts to fit into three valuable slots — and the current lineup of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell is “brilliant” and “extraordinary.”
“If you were able to say to me that there is a person who is not brilliant … then you can say something, but we have three extraordinary people,” he said. Asked by Hill whether or not there was an endemic hostility to hosts of color in primetime at MSNBC, Touré said there wasn’t.
“I don’t think that there’s a barrier to where [MSNBC chief] Phil Griffin’s like, ‘I’m not going to hire a black person,’” he said. “We have an openly gay woman at 9:00. We are liberal with a lowercase L. We are gonna open the doors to people. I could surely see at some point the right person come along and get one of the spots.” (Watch the interview below.)
*The media is sprouting up celebrities of its own every day.
Everyone knows Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, Al Roker, Katie Couric, and the O, but there are more and more TV anchors gaining popularity and we’re delving into their private lives just as much as entertainment celebrities.
The newest anchors gaining popularity are Lawrence O’Donnell of the The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC and Tamron Hall also on MSNBC.
It appears that the duo have so much in common that it is being rumored that they are dating. O’Donnell, 60, has been in the news game for more than 25 years.
Hall, 41, in comparison, is new to the scene and helms NewsNation which also airs on MSNBC. But both Hall and O’Donnell are bulldog reporters that (more…)
Let’s just get straight to it! Lawrence O’Donnell is kicking ass and taking names in the Trayvon Martin case.
If you don’t know who O’Donnell is, you soon will be delighted by the award winning writer and journalist as he rips apart the defense for George Zimmerman.
O’Donnell scheduled George Zimmerman’s attorney Craig Sonner, and the alleged “good friend” Joe Oliver.
Well, both have shown to be some sort of plant in the George Zimmerman case. As O’Donnell prepared to grill Sonner and get the goods on why he feels Zimmerman has a defense for his actions, the cameras panned over to an empty chair.
Yes! The coward RAN out of the studio and refused to do the interview.
But Craig Sonner, the courageous defender of George Zimmerman who`s
been making the rounds on television since last week doing softball
interviews wherever he could find them, just walked out of our studio in
Orlando, refusing to do this show — refusing to face my questions because
he knew these questions were not going to be the questions he was facing
everywhere else he went. He wasn`t going to get out of here with an easy
interview where he would be let off the hook with his lawyerly questions.
Tuesday night, this guy named Joe Oliver went on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” And yes, we’re talking about that Joe Oliver, the black man who came from out of nowhere to defend his “friend” George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin.
O’Donnell, along with NY Times columnist Charles Blow, and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, went in on him with facts and in practically no time at all Oliver began to unravel and sound like a complete nitwit! Dude is all over the place as O’Donnell knocked Oliver off balance by telling him that he (O’Donnell) had discovered that Oliver and Zimmerman were once co-workers, which contradicted Oliver’s initial claim that they only knew each other via social circles. Oliver really started backpedalling after that revelation. It seemed as though he was surprised to be told himself that he once worked with Zimmerman. Basically, O’Donnell caught Oliver in a lie of omission. O’Donnell also brought out Zimmerman’s past arrests, and how the former fiancé pressed charges on Zimmerman for domestic abuse.
By Oliver’s own admission, he has not even seen Zimmerman since a week or so before the shooting. He talked to Zimmerman by telephone. Therefore, how can Oliver really know Zimmerman’s physical condition right now? And why would Oliver, by his own admission, quit his job to go on a PR tour for Zimmerman? This guy seems to be a nutcase glory hound who just wants publicity. When O’Donnell told him what he’s doing makes no sense, all Oliver could do was sit there with a weird grin on his face and say he understands that his actions make no sense.
If it wasn’t morning time, we’d tell you to get out your popcorn and sit back and check the mess that Joe Oliver has gotten himself into, HERE (at EURthisNthat.com)