Geraldo Rivera Shows True Colors

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It’s not like this hasn’t been a long time coming, particularly if you followed Geraldo’s late-night show on CNBC during the OJ Simpson trial, where notorious conservatives like the tag team of Joe Di Genova and Victoria Toensig were regular blowhards. This pattern was repeated during the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair, this time helping to ratchet up the impeachment machine, whose momentum helped make the Bush-Gore election close enough for the Florida crew to steal it. In other words, just about everything that’s wrong with the world now is at least indirectly attributable to Geraldo Rivera.

Hey just kidding. Sort of. A post from a few months ago pointed to Rivera’s smug dismissal of OWS protestors and their rousing disapproval of his Fox News camera pointing at them. But this appearance on this morning’s “Fox & Friends” (it’s kind of sickening just to mention this show at all) really shows you where the guy is at. Not only is his unapologetic call for banning young black man from wearing hoodies the equivalent of telling women not to wear revealing clothing lest they invite rape, he actually invokes his colleague Juan Williams’ comments that got him canned from NPR last year. Nothing out of context here. This is the transcript:

Remember Juan Williams, our colleague? Our brilliant colleague? He got in trouble with NPR because he said Muslims in formal garb at the airport conjure a certain reaction in him or response in him? That’s an automatic reflex. Juan wasn’t defending it. He was explaining that that’s what happens when he sees these particular people in that particular place.

When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin’s you know, god bless him, he’s an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand. He didn’t deserve to die. But I’ll bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that — that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.

He’ll bet us money. What, $10,000?

So, don’t wear hoodies. Don’t wear Muslim robes. Don’t, uh…wear mustaches or use a Hispanic surname? That would kind of invite suspicion, don’t you think?

 

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