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On a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers criticized responses from select media outlets and politicians in a segment entitled “A Closer Look.”

Meyers began the segment:

“There were many last week who admirably sought to ratchet down the tension, to calm things down, and to acknowledge that you can both grieve for the police and advocate for police reform. These two things are not mutually exclusive.”

He went on to first call out the New York Post with its sensationalized July 8 ‘CIVIL WAR’ headline, noting that prior to the shooting in Dallas, the Dallas Police had been posting pictures and video to social media to show how peaceful the demonstrations were. They even posted a picture of two officers with a protestor — all of whom were smiling.

“There was never a picture that friendly during the real Civil War,” Meyers added. “Unless there’s some Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee selfie I’m unaware of.”

He also noted that the Dallas Police Department is considered a model in terms of efforts to reform, as well as for their protection of the protestors.

“Vitriol and inflammatory rhetoric only make it more difficult to have the kind of constructive dialog we need right now,” Meyers said.

He went on to note that, although some offered calm and thoughtful responses to what happened in Dallas, others used it as a way to blame the peaceful protestors and/or political opponents. At this, he focused exclusively on comments made by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

He goes on to address Giuliani’s comments (part of which included the statement that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist) specifically:

“The difference is black people are disproportionately affected by racial disparities in our criminal justice system; that’s just a fact. And saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a response to that. The problem for you, Rudy, is you’re imagining the word ‘only’ in there, as in only black lives matter, but no one’s saying that. . . . So Black Lives Matter is not an exclusionary statement; it just means black lives matter too.”

To end on a more positive note, Meyers plays a few highlights of politicians responding in a positive and hopeful way.

Check out the full video below.

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