Back in Black - Whitney Houston's Death

  • Aired:  02/21/12
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Lewis Black examines the media's handling of Whitney Houston's death, from Nancy Grace's murder allegation to Eric Bolling's cautionary tale. (4:45)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

LET'S CHECK IN WITH "BACK IN

BLACK."

>> TEN DAYS AGO WE LOST A GREAT

PERFORMER, WHITNEY HOUSTON.

AND AS WITH PAST CELEBRITY

DEATHS, THE MEDIA OBSERVED HER

PASSING IN THE TRADITION OF THE

NATIVE AMERICANS-- BY USING

EVERY PART OF THE TRAGEDY.

(LAUGHTER)

FOR INSTANCE, DID YOU KNOW WITH

VERY LITTLE SKILL YOU CAN TURN A

SONG CATALOG INTO HOURS OF

TERRIBLE SEGWAYS.

>> FOR A TIME, SHE WAS POP'S

GREATEST LOVE OF ALL.

>> PLUS WHITNEY HOUSTON'S

GREATEST LOVE.

INSIDE HER ROCKY RELATIONSHIP

WITH BOBBY BROWN.

>> AND FANS WHO, DESPITE HER SAD

UNRAVELING, WILL ALWAYS LOVE

HER.

>> WE WON'T HAVE TO BE

REMEMBERING HER SOUND TRACK FROM

"THE BODYGUARD," IF ONLY SHE'D

GUARDED HER OWN BODY BETTER.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

>> HEY (BLEEP) HOLE!

SOMEONE DIED!

CAN WE COOL IT WITH THE WORD

PLAY?

WHEN CRONKITE ANNOUNCED THE

DEATH OF J.F.K., IT WASN'T WITH

A CLEVER "ASK NOT WHO GOT SHOT

IN DALLAS TODAY."

(LAUGHTER)

AS FOR CNN'S RESIDENT HEARSE

CHASER NANCY GRACE, SHE MANAGED

TO TURN THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT INTO

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER.

>> WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT

WAS IN HER SYSTEM AND I'D LIKE

TO FIND OUT WHO, IF ANYONE, PUT

IT IN HER SYSTEM OR GAVE IT TO

HER.

NOW, I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHO WAS

AROUND HER, WHO IF ANYONE GAVE

HER A DRUG FOLLOWING ALCOHOL AND

DRUGS AND WHO LET HER SLIP OR

PUSHED HER UNDERNEATH THAT

WATER.

>> OF COURSE!

SHE WAS PUSHED UNDERWATER!

AND I KNOW WHO DID IT!

THE DUKE LACROSSE TEAM!

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

IT'S THE ONLY POSSIBLE

EXPLANATION FOR SOMEONE DYING

AFTER YEARS OF DRUG ADDICTION.

OF COURSE, WHILE THE THROWING

OUT MURDER ALLEGATIONS IS ONLY

THE FIRST STAGE OF GRIEF.

SOON NANCY ENTERED THE SECOND

STAGE-- DOUBLING DOWN.

>> CAN'T YOU JUST SAY "YOU KNOW

WHAT, I WAS WILDLY SPECULATING

AND I'M SORRY"?

ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU SHOULD BE

SAYING?

>> THAT IS NOT SPECULATION, DAN.

>> IT'S NOT SPECULATION SHE MAY

HAVE BEEN PUSHED UNDER THE

WATER?

>> I KNOW THAT YOU PROBABLY HAVE

NEVER TRIED A MURDER CASE OR

BEEN IN A MORGUE OR ATTENDED AN

AUTOPSY.

BUT THE REALITY IS THAT'S WHY

YOU HAVE AN AUTOPSY.

>> YES.

THAT'S WHY WE DO AUTOPSIES.

THAT'S ALSO WHY WE WAIT FOR THE

RESULTS (BLEEP) HOLE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND P.S., NANCY, I'VE BEEN TO A

MORGUE.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S NICE ABOUT IT?

IN A MORGUE EVERYONE WHO'S HAD

THEIR BRAINS REMOVED KEEPS THEIR

MOUTHS SHUT!

OF COURSE, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT

GOOD TASTE IN THE FACE OF

TRAGEDY LIKE ERIC BOWLEN.

THE GUY WHO WENT ON FOX BUSINESS

NEWS TO TALK ABOUT THE HEART

BREAK OF LOSING HIS SAFETY

DEPOSIT BOX OF CASH ON 9/11.

FOR HIM, WHITNEY'S DEATH WAS A

CAUTIONARY TALE FOR NONE OTHER

THAN DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN

MAXINE WATERS.

>> WHAT IS GOING ON IN

CALIFORNIA?

HOW'S THIS?

CONGRESSWOMAN, YOU SAW WHAT

HAPPENED TO WHITNEY HOUSTON.

STEP AWAY FROM THE CRACK PIPE.

STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPANY

TPHABGS.

STEP AWAY...

>> SHE'S NOT USING DRUGS.

>> IT'S GOING TO GET YOU IN

TROUBLE.

(BOOS)

>> WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT!

A BELOVED POP ICON'S DEATH USED

TO CRITICIZE THE DEMOCRATS'

CHOICE FOR THE BANKING

COMMITTEE.

BUT, HEY, WHY STOP THERE?

WHITNEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE

HAD ALL THOSE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

IF NOT FOR OBAMACARE!

(LAUGHTER)

THANKFULLY, ERIC BOLLING

APOLOGIZED WITH ALL THE

SINCERITY OF A KID DRAGGED TO

THE NEIGHBOR'S PORCH BY HIS DAD.

>> ALL RIGHT, BEFORE WE GET

STARTED I JUST WANT TO SAY I WAS

KIDDING ABOUT THE CRACK PIPE.

JUST KIDDING.

>> (LAUGHS)

I GET IT!

THEY'RE BOTH BLACK LADIES!

I LOVE YOU!

YOU'RE GREAT, ERIC BOLLING.

FINALLY A GUY WHO SAYS WHAT ONLY

ASS (BLEEP)S ARE THINKING.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHO?

TOO SOON?

JUST KIDDING.

JON?

>> Jon:

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