As a Twitter debates whether to #CancelColbert, Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera may have sparked a similar hashtag of his own.
Rivera made his own offensive remarks Friday morning during a “Fox & Friends” debate on media coverage of recent political scandals involving Democratic public officials.
“Usually, the politicians who are robbing on the Democratic side tend to be ethnic politicians, as in these cases,” Rivera said.
He claimed the media had downplayed the ethnicity and party affiliation of California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who was indicted this week on weapons charges, and Mayor Patrick Cannon, of Charlotte, N.C., who was arrested on bribery and extortion charges.
“You know, the Asians, the Chinatown guys taking money from the Chinatown boss in San Francisco, the black mayor of Charlotte, you know, so there’s another politically correct reason to step over their real identification as Democrats, there’s no doubt and it is undeniable,” Rivera said.
Rivera argued this was part of a larger effort by liberal members of the media to promote the Democratic Party at the expense of the Republican Party.
“There is an instinct among the liberal, probably mostly Democratic mainstream media to portray Republicans as hypocrites,” Rivera said. “Anytime they sway from the churchgoing, family-loving, you know, U.S. of A. boostering, they get skewered by the liberal in the press, where Democrats they tend to avoid the party label.”
Co-host Steve Doocy said other networks had failed to identify either elected official by their party identification, and Rivera said his preceding comments were part of the conservative news channel’s appeal to viewers.
“That’s right, we are the antidote to that particular problem,” Rivera said.
Watch a video clip of the segment posted online by breakingnews48: