Update: The resident, identified as Kwame Rose, spoke with Media Matters about his exchange with Geraldo and about media coverage of Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray's death. Read more here.
Fox News' Geraldo Rivera was confronted by a Baltimore resident frustrated by the network's history of biased and incendiary coverage of racial issues. Rivera responded by retreating before going live on-air where he described the young black man as a “vandal,” yelling at him, “you're making a fool of yourself!”
On April 28, Geraldo Rivera was confronted by a young black Baltimore resident as he prepared to report on the unrest in the city following the death of Freddie Gray. The resident explained his frustration with Fox News' failure to spotlight Gray's death while hyping the unrest that ensued. The young man explained to Rivera, “I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City, because you are not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people under MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue. ... But you're here for the black riots that happen. ... you're not here for the death of Freddie Gray.” Watch:
Rivera responded by calling the young man a vandal once he went live on-air during the April 28 broadcast of Fox News' Hannity. Fox did not air the resident's plea to Rivera. The next day on Fox & Friends, Rivera called the protester “annoying” and an “obstructionist,” accusing the resident of exhibiting “exactly that kind of youthful anarchy that led to the destruction and pain in that community.”
Since the unrest began in Baltimore, Fox News has exploited the crisis to criticize and blame the civil rights community, black parents, and President Obama, while dismissing police brutality. Fox News' Sean Hannity even accused Freddie Gray of playing a part in his own death.
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