Geraldo Rivera did not hold back when he was asked about media coverage of the migrant caravan being tear-gassed at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.
When Rivera appeared on The Five on the Fox News Channel, Jesse Watters criticized news outlets for posting photos of women and children running away from tear gas being fired at them by border agents. He said that the coverage did not show men attacking said agents. Watters asked Rivera to chime in. That’s when Rivera fired back at his criticisms and went into a monologue while steamrolling Watters’ interruptions. He said:
I refuse to deal with this as a media issue, because it’s far too important, with all due respect, Jesse. This is something that goes to the very quick. This goes to my soul. Fulfilling my role as the designated pinata on Fox News, I am ashamed. This tear gas choked me. We treat these people, these economic refugees as if they’re zombies from The Walking Dead. I think—we arrested 42 people, eight of them were women. With children. 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. This is—we are a nation of immigrants. These are desperate people, they walked 2000 miles—why? Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch? 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 the pizzas. For goodness´ sake, we suspend our humanity when it comes to this issue and I fear that it is because they look different than we do.
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