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I happened to bump into the Joe Oliver interview with Lawrence O’Donnell on Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. A bit of a gang bang, hate f8ck hostile interview as Joe Oliver, Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman’s self-declared “close friend,” seemed to have many of the points and statements he’s given to other news outlet just fall apart. More like obliterated. He claims being a close friend, but doesn’t seem to know details that a friend would likely know. And contradicts himself on statements. For example, one time saying that George Zimmerman might have been drinking when he was arrested in 2005, but then saying he’s never known George Zimmerman to drink. He didn’t know a lot about Zimmerman’s aspirations to be in law enforcement. Though other say he talked about it a lot. And upon questioning it seems that his relationship as a best friend seems to be that he knows him as more casual co-workers at the office where they both worked.
And this was the WTF moment for me. For some reason he gave up his paying job to start doing these interviews of George Zimmerman’s behalf?
I have good friends, but you still gotta beg me to give up watching TV to take them to the airport. Give up your job to go on a press tour for a friend with only what seems to be as a weak character witness to support his innocence?
Something doesn’t smell right.
Couple things. Apparently as a previous job, Joe Oliver was a reporter for a CBS affiliate. And he’s black. That combined with what seems to be his going on tour as the “he can’t be racist, I’m his black friend” makes me personally think that:
1) Some group or legal fixer hired him and paid him to leave his job do this media blitz. Or
2) as a former reporter, he saw an opportunity to sell himself as PR crisis person to Zimmerman or his lawyer.
It’s only theory at this point, but with the “best friend” angle falling apart. It’s the only one I have to explain why this guy would give up his job to do this. And why he doesn’t know enough about his “friend” George Zimmerman to do it well.
And here’s the other shoe that drops for the PR argument: he didn’t and hasn’t lied. That tells me he likely doing this in a professional capacity
Like a professional like a lawyer or a PR hack, you may argue an angle. But the BAR and professional ethics of PR and journalism industry says you can’t advocate an account to the point you are provably lying or giving knowingly false accounts. That’s why I believe Joe Oliver quickly fell apart in the gang bang cross exam of O’Donnell, Charles Blow and Jonathan Capehart. In what I believe was his PR role, he didn’t know enough and couldn’t lie to push back.
And my next question. This guy (Zimmerman) doesn’t seem personally resourceful. If this is the case and my theory is correct, who’s paying for this PR push? I hate to sound like an episode of the Xfiles, but it just feel like there are mysterious people working in the background on this case. Maybe the cigarette man is behind it.