Friday, March 23, 2012

On Fox News: Wearing a Hoodie is a Capital Offense Published by Death

Just When You Think It Cannot Get Any More Outrageous Fox News Comes Along

This Forum has refrained from additional commentary on the tragedy of the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, in large part because other media is covering the story so well.  But Think Progress has unearthed something that while it needs no commentary does need further exposure.  It is Geraldo Rivera commenting on the event.

This morning on Fox and Frends, Fox contributor Geraldo Rivera remarked, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman (his killer).” While he agreed that Zimmerman “should be prosecuted,” Rivera also blamed Trayvon’s parents for letting him go outside wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Media Matters flagged the exchange:

BRIAN KILMEADE KILMEADE (co-host): Let’s talk about the Trayvon Martin case and what’s going on in Florida right now.

GERALDO RIVERA: I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.

Yes, you are reading that correctly, wearing a hoodie is as much responsible for the death of this young man as is the person who shot and killed him.

Is there any level that Fox News will not sink to?  Apparently not.

Update:  Mr. Rivera’s oldest son has gone public with the comment that he is ashamed of his father.  Maybe there is some hope for the Geraldo Rivera family after all, but don’t expect the son to get on Fox News anytime soon.

1 comment:

  1. Now there's a thought...Geraldo in a hoodie in a lightly armored vehicle in Iraq.