Geraldo: Matt Drudge Creating ‘Worst Jingoistic Rhetoric Ever’
New York, N.Y. (WNEW) — Fox News host Geraldo Rivera blasted the creator of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, accusing him of trying to start a “civil war” with his aggregated coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, specifically the popular website’s emphasis on stories of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. illegally.
“I have to say that the level of discourse on these unaccompanied children from Central America has been appalling,” Rivera said on his WABC radio show. “It has been disgusting. It is the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever. And Matt Drudge with this massive website is doing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge.”
Rivera took to Twitter to post about Drudge’s links regarding the influx of unaccompanied illegal minors entering the U.S.
His Wednesday tweet reading: “Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’”
Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like "Could Ebola sneak across?—
Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 30, 2014
Rivera listed a series of headlines currently on the Drudge Report, including “Senate Dems try to revive amnesty” and “Pelosi says we cannot have deportation without representation,” but Rivera took greatest offense to the link headline “Could Ebola sneak across,” which he labeled “despicable.”
Rivera compared Drudge’s treatment of the current illegal immigration situation to historical fear mongering about Irish, Chinese and Jewish immigrants who came to America.
“This is exactly what they did to the Irish in the 19th Century, and to the Chinese in the 19th Century and then to the Jews and the Italians in the 20th Century. Not only do they bring crime, they bring disease. Be afraid! Hide your daughters!”
Geraldo cited the Drudge headline early on Wednesday: “Border Bill: Surrender to Lawless President.”
Rivera concluded: “Ladies and gentlemen we have to reject this hysterical, jingoistic rhetoric. This inflamed hysteria hyped by irresponsible political ideologues. This is not America. This is not New York. Reject this. This is horrifying.”