Bill O'Reilly riding O'Malley hard over Baltimore jail scandal

The Baltimore Sun

Fox News is not backing off on the Baltimore prison story scandal despite a bunch of big national stories that have conservatives salivating over the damage they see the Obama administration suffering.

Take a look at this video (below) from Bill O'Reilly that features Jesse Watters bird-dogging Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Gary Maynard, the chief of Maryland prisons.

Check out O'Reilly saying that Maynard "sounds like a moron."

I asked O'Malley about it Tuesday morning in Joppa during a set visit he paid to the soundstages where "House of Cards" is filmed.

He said he hadn't seen the O'Reilly piece, but he was very clear about the frustration he is feeling over what he sees as the media's unwillingness to put the Black Guerrilla jail story in the proper context. And, according to O'Malley, that context is that his administration initiated the federal probe into corruption two years ago.

O'Malley says the FBI has a memorandum of understanding that clearly shows the initiative of his team, and he doesn't know why the feds have yet to release it.

"Two years ago, we initiated the joint prison task force with our partners in the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office," O'Malley said. "We were the first signatories of a memorandum of understanding. And the mission statement clearly said in the only sentence in the mission statement that this task force is being formed for the purpose of going after corruption in the correctional services at Maryland prisons."

But, O'Malley says, Fox News and others "have left that all out. It's almost like a gotcha. That's a pretty operative fact to leave out.... There was one mission and one mission only: the mission of going after corruption in our prisons."


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