Freddie Gray's Family Attorney Says Fox News' Coverage of Black People Is Racist
Billy Murphy, Freddie Gray's family attorney, made an appearance on Fox News on Monday night, during which he declared that the station's "approach to the black community is racist." Things got a little awkward.
Murphy was speaking to the eponymous host of Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren after Edward Nero, one of the officers involved in the arrest and subsequent death of Gray, was cleared of all charges.
"They had faith that Judge [Barry] Williams made the correct call," Murphy said. "And we're blessed to have somebody who's not going to be influenced by public opinion — and your station was rife with speculation about whether Judge Williams was playing to the audience or whether he was following his internal, fair compass."
"I don't know where you get that, Billy. Billy, no, stop that," Van Susteren retorted, visibly agitated. She stated there was a Fox reporter present for most, if not all, of the trial, suggesting her network's coverage was comprehensive. She also attempted to prohibit Murphy from making wider commentary about Fox, telling him to keep his criticisms restricted to her show.
"So, if I think the whole network's approach to the black community is racist and that's a relevant thing to say during this program, I can't say it?" Murphy queried.
"I know the way you're trying to play this," Van Susteren answered. "I got the picture, I wasn't born yesterday."
The clip can be seen here: