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After Several Cable Appearances, Joe Oliver Tells MSNBC His Role in Martin Case ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’

Cable news viewers following the Trayvon Martin coverage have been introduced this week to Joe Oliver, who has defended George Zimmerman on all four of the cable networks and ABC’s “Good Morning America” since Monday.

In an MSNBC interview with Lawrence O’Donnell yesterday, Oliver said he has been billed as a “close friend” of Zimmerman’s, a characterization he “wanted to clarify.” Oliver, a former local television anchor, described his relationship with Zimmerman as “more of an older uncle.”

“You’re a mystery man to me,” O’Donnell pressed him. “My role in this, I agree, just doesn’t make sense,” Oliver replied. Watch:

 

O’Donnell had also planned to interview Craig Sonner, Zimmerman’s attorney, on “The Last Word” Monday. But Sonner cancelled the interview at the last minute, and a furious O’Donnell instead interviewed an empty chair in his place. Video of the interview, as well as a “Daily Show” segment in response, is after the jump.

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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes For Hoodie Comments

Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for remarks he made about hoodies and how wearing one may have factored in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin last month.

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as George Zimmerman was,” Rivera said last Friday on “Fox & Friends,” a position he repeated later on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’” Rivera wrote in an email to Politico.

Rivera said that “by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,” and that he was offering a “sincere and heartfelt apology” to anyone he may have offended in his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.”

Guess Who’s Also Worn a Hoodie?

FishbowlNY spotted this: Geraldo Rivera alongside Bill O’Reilly at a Mets game in May 2007 wearing a hoodie — hood down. Rivera’s been getting some flak today for saying earlier that “the parents of black and Latino youngsters” should “not let their children go out wearing hoodies.”

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as George Zimmerman was,” Rivera said on Fox News.

Not surprisingly, a Tumblr has been set up with many more images.

Geraldo Rivera Trending Following ‘Leave the Hoodie Home’ Remarks on ‘Fox & Friends’

On “Fox & Friends” this morning Geraldo Rivera said he was taking a stand on the Trayvon Martin case by urging “the parents of black and Latino youngsters to not let their children go out wearing hoodies.”

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as George Zimmerman was.”

Rivera’s remarks on TV, which he first expressed in a Tweet last night, immediately drew fire in the Twittersphere and have made him a worldwide trending topic. Rivera says even his son Cruz — who he “constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles” — disagrees with his position:

Watch the clip from “Fox & Friends” after the jump…

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Pres. Obama on Trayvon Martin Case: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

The cable news networks carried an event in the Rose Garden this morning during which Pres. Obama announced his nominee for the World Bank. But Obama also took the opportunity to discuss the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin when asked about it by NBC’s Mike Viqueira.

“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves.”

Roland Martin’s CNN Suspension is Over

FishbowlDC scoops that Roland Martin‘s suspension from CNN has been lifted.

Martin, a CNN contributor, has been off the air since early February following a series of Tweets that some say were homophobic.

Martin has been spending much of his time off CNN on Twitter. This afternoon he’s been Tweeting about Tweeting about the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Miami teenager who was shot and killed by a white crime watch volunteer in an Orlando-area gated community on Feb. 26. Outrage is growing because the police chief in Sanford, FL held a news conference today saying they do not have enough evidence to charge the shooter, who is white.

While the case has been getting a lot of media attention in the Orlando and Miami markets, the cable news networks have not covered it much. To date, HLN has spent the most time reporting it.

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