News flash from Fox NewsPosted Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 7:12 AM
I keep hearing how Fox News is sooo great. If this is peoples idea of greatness, I just don't understand it.
In a recent interview Fox News host Geraldo Rivera sparked outrage--including from his own son, apparently--by suggesting on Friday that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen shot dead last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer, courted violence by wearing a hoodie. That piece of clothing killed Martin, according to Rivera "as surely as George Zimmerman."
"I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was,"Rivera said on Fox and Friends. "You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta--you're going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That's what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action."
After co-host Steve Doocy noted that New Yorkers on Wednesday had held a "Million Hoodie March" in support of Martin, 17, Rivera added: "You cannot rehabilitate the hoodie."
Rivera continued: "There are some things that are almost inevitable. I'm not suggesting that Trayvon Martin had any kind of weapon or anything. He wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way. And if he had been dressed more appropriately--I think unless it is raining out or you are at a track meet, leave the hoodie home."
In fact, it was raining out when Martin was killed.
Rivera followed that up by tweeting: "His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman."
After a firestorm of online criticism--including the publicizing by Gawker of Fox News hoodies--Rivera doubled down on his argument in a series of tweets.
"Justice will come to Zimmerman the Fla shooter-but I'm trying to save lives like Trayvon's-Parents Alert: hoodies can get your kid killed," he tweeted.
And then: "My own son just wrote to say he's ashamed of my position re hoodies-still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe."
And finally: "Its not blaming the victim Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word."
Not blaming the victim???? Get real!
Lord I love "Fair and Balanced"!
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