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Geraldo, CNN Both Mistake Baltimore Marcher for Russell Simmons: ‘You Look Just Like Him’


We have a very important message for cable news: Former Def Jam record executive Kevin Liles is not — we repeat not — Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. Within about a 10 minute span, both Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera and CNN’s Brian Todd approached Baltimore native Liles as he marched alongside New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and insisted he was Simmons.

“Mr. Simmons, Russell, the hip hop mogul, why are you here?” Rivera asked Liles, laughing as he was politely corrected. “I’m sorry, you look just like him,” the Fox reporter added.

Watch video below, via Fox News:


Moments later, CNN’s Todd found Liles in the crowd and initially referred to him as “Kevin” but then made this strange set of comments: “You bear a striking resemblance to Russell Simmons, you tell me you’re not him, you tell me you’re Kevin Liles, I’m not sure I believe you. We think this is Russell Simmons, Wolf.”

Watch video below, via CNN:


Plenty of people watching went straight to Twitter to disabuse the hosts of their false impressions:

Later, when Todd tossed back to Wolf Blitzer, he again suggested that Liles was Russell Simmons in disguise:


For the record, that is Kevin Liles on the left and Russell Simmons on the right in a photo from Hamptons Magazine:

[Photo via screengrab]

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