After U.S. border agents deployed tear gas against migrants seeking asylum in the United States, Geraldo Rivera went on Fox News on Monday to speak some truth about the propagandistic way in which the network has covered the migrant caravan.
Rivera said the refugee crisis in Central America is not a “media issue” that “goes to my soul.”
He spoke passionately, saying:
“Filling my role as the designated pinata on Fox news, I am ashamed,” Rivera said, which was followed by someone in the studio saying “that’s racist.”
“this tear gas choked me. We treat these economic refugees as if they’re zombies from The Walking Dead…We have to deal with this problem humanely and with compassion. These are not invaders. Stop using these military analogies. This is absolutely painful to watch. We are a nation of immigrants. These are desperate people. They walked 2,000 miles, why, because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch?”
A choked-up Rivera continued:
“No! because they want a job. They want to fill the millions of unfilled jobs we have in the agricultural sector. They want to wash dishes in restaurants, they want to deliver pizzas.”
Rivera, shaken, concluded with a dire warning:
“How can we suspend our humanity with this issue?” he asked. “I fear it is because they look different than us.”
Watch the clip below:
wow — Geraldo Rivera’s commentary tonight on Fox about the treatment and depiction of migrants is pretty powerful. a must-watch for some against-the-grain perspective pic.twitter.com/yrwIfAg11J
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) November 26, 2018
Rivera’s impassioned statement echoed a tweet he posted Monday morning.
“The gassing of
#MigrantCaravan made me nauseous,” wrote Rivera. “Those images may play with the base, but they will also be a scar on our nation’s reputation. A hungry, frightened family will not stop trying to get to a better life. No, we can’t accommodate all, but we can be humane & compassionate.”
The gassing of #MigrantCaravan made me nauseous. Those images may play w the base, but they will also be a scar on our nation's reputation. A hungry, frightened family will not stop trying to get to a better life. No, we can't accommodate all, but we can be humane & compassionate
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 26, 2018
The tea — it was scalding.
Holy shit, an unexpected tea serving in the unlikeliest of places
— great scott! 🇺🇸 (@GreatScott1991) November 27, 2018
Twitter cheered in solidarity with Rivera.
— Mary Ann Owens (@mao2u2) November 26, 2018
That’s the @GeraldoRivera I used to know and watch in the 80’s. Wondering when he was going to do something like this. I’m old, but I remember when he wasn’t afraid to get in someone’s face with a microphone in unsafe conditions.
— Kelly Blodgett (@kelly_blodgett) November 26, 2018
Best line, “Designated piñata of Fox News.”
— Alicia (@Alicia1031) November 26, 2018
I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Geraldo Rivera.
— Ms. Crowley🎵 🇺🇸 (@fiercelyhonest) November 27, 2018
Wow. Kudos to Geraldo on this one. About time someone spoke up on Fox.
— Reckless mind (@reckless_mind) November 26, 2018
I despise Geraldo for SO many things, but one thing he's been remarkably consistent on and doesn't play around w is the topic of immigration. I imagine there's history there or something bc he doesn't show this much compassion on any other topic. But I give him credit for this.
— OUFENIX (D) (@oufenix) November 27, 2018
You’re right. This was the Geraldo I remembered growing up in NYC. I couldn’t believe he had become the caricature I’ve seen on FOX in the last several years. I have to believe it was for money…but in any case I hope he has seen the light of the man and party he supports.
— Shar Mack (@Sharmacky) November 27, 2018
The “that’s racist” quip did not go unnoticed on social media, although Rivera ignored it.