During an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan Freeman took issue with how some older media members have covered recent protests in Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered injuries while in police custody and died days later from a spinal injury.
“Baltimore seems to be coming up with a different scenario in the background,” Freeman said, comparing it to the media’s coverage of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer after the death of Michael Brown. “People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of a sudden you’re all here. Why is that? What’s the difference?’ And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.”
Freeman isn’t the only public figure to ding media coverage of the Baltimore protests. Earlier this week, Jon Stewart used a segment on The Daily Show to trash CNN’s reporting on the riots after anchor Wolf Blitzer said the imagery out of Baltimore was “hard to believe.”
“Elvis leading a herd of Orthodox Jewish unicorns through a city street, that would be hard to believe,” Stewart said. “Ferguson was just a few months ago, and you were talking about it.”
And while Freeman told The Daily Beast that media coverage out of Baltimore was better than how the Ferguson protests were handled, he still had three words to sum up his feelings on the press. “F–k the media,” Freeman said.
For the full interview, head to The Daily Beast. Freeman also discusses the situation in Baltimore in a Sirius XM Town Hall that will premiere Friday, May 8th at 1 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.