Former tabloid talk show host, now supposed serious news journalist, Geraldo Rivera was on Fox & Friends Friday morning to discuss recent political scandals that have effected Democratic elected officials. The two main stories that were discussed involved the recent arrest and resignation of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon and the arrest of California State Senator Leeland Yee on gunrunning and bribery charges. Rivera, along with the hosts, used these stories as proof of liberal bias in the mainstream media. Rivera would later take it even further.
Basically, host Steve Doocy and Rivera discussed these two stories and stated that other media outlets made sure not to mention that these two politicians are Democrats. Rivera then stated that it is ‘provable’ and ‘undeniable’ that the media has a definite liberal bent and that the reporters don’t want to go against Democrats if they don’t have to. The discussion between Doocy and Rivera went along the line that media outlets want to portray Republicans as hypocrites when caught being corrupt and never want to label Democrats as it goes against their preconceived narrative.
Then, Rivera made the following statement:
“Usually, the politicians who are robbing on the democratic side tend to be ethnic politicians, as in these cases…We are the antidote to that particular problem.”
Below is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
This is just laughably bad and lazy ‘journalism’ by Rivera, along with it being at least a tad racist and bigoted. To start, he bases everything on the premise that the majority of media outlets did not reveal the political affiliation of either Yee or Cannon when reporting on these stories. Does he offer any proof? No. He just says it as if it is established fact. Neither he nor Doocy provide anything to back up their claims that only Fox News made sure to point out that both of these politicians are Democrats.
After going down that road and stating that mainstream media as a whole is liberal and that it is ‘undeniable’, Rivera then moves on and makes another statement without providing any actual proof. He states that when a Democratic politician is involved in corruption, that politician is usually ‘ethnic.’ Rivera then goes on and states that this makes it even more troublesome for liberal media members because of ‘political correctness.’ After that, he points out that Fox News provides the antidote for all of that, as they are the only ones with the guts to really report the facts.
What Rivera did was nothing more than conjecture, not actual reporting. He based his opinions on nothing more than his already biased notions. He didn’t cite actual facts once. Just because you say something is ‘provable’ or ‘without a doubt’ doesn’t necessarily make it so. It is possible that Rivera might be right about some or even all of what he said, but without citing anything at all, he is just shooting from the hip in an effort to sway the audience to agree with his position.
Finally, can Fox News please stop acting as if they are NOT part of the mainstream media? At every opportunity, you will see one of their talking heads boast about Fox being the #1 news network ratings wise. Yet, at the same time, they will bemoan and chastise the MSM. I hate to tell you this, but if you are the most watched news channel, and you are owned by a guy that also runs several high-profile newspapers, then you are a major part of the mainstream media.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).