From the August 1 edition of Fox News' The Five:
GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): That was 20 years ago when Cummings accurately pointed out the true devastation of that city. Other than pump in billions of dollars, what has anybody done about it since then?
Well, I know what I did. I watched The Wire, just like a bunch of other white people did. This fantastic show depicted the horrors of Baltimore's drug problem back before drugs became a lifestyle choice.
Like drugs and Al Sharpton, it was a big favorite among white educated people, especially liberals who felt by watching The Wire and talking about it, it solved Baltimore's problems -- sort of the way Game of Thrones solved the nation's dragon problem. So, art can eliminate a problem, but it can also pretend to be a solution.
Everyone watches the show and feels better about themselves. It's virtue signaling with popcorn and a remote. You never have to leave your couch, but at least you've done something, which is more than Trump can say. He probably never watched The Wire.
So, The Wire won tons of awards and is considered a classic -- and for two decades, the city it depicts declines even more. I applaud Cummings for his frankness, but wonder how, despite all of the money shoveled into that district, none of the problems depicted so starkly in The Wire -- the drugs, the death, the corruption -- weren't fixed. Meanwhile, Cummings is a millionaire. Another in a long line of liberal Democrats who have worked hard and become rich people. Maybe HBO can do a TV series about that, too.
JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): I don't get this. I mean, it's like saying, you know, “I'm a big fan of The Sopranos.” Do I think that New Jersey is filled with mafiosi? I don't get it.