Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Reads Messages From Viewers, Discovers They Are ‘Hateful, Ignorant And Racist’

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera was forced to learn a horrible truth about some of the people who watch him on Fox: They aren’t the smartest or nicest people in the world. They also don’t mind loudly screaming at you from behind the safety of a computer screen if you say something even remotely nice about President Obama.

After Rivera deviated from towing the Republican Party line on Fox News and (bravely, I must say) came out in support of Obama’s new executive actions on immigration, Fox viewers took to Facebook to inundate his official page with vile, unfettered hatred, much of it racist and violent.

After going on air to express support of the president (for once), he further explained himself on his page, writing in part: “Bravo Mr. President for having the courage or political will or for doing the hard cold political calculation finally to do the right thing for five million undocumented, but otherwise law-abiding immigrants.” For many, those kinds of words amounted to high treason and a betrayal of the official conservative talking point that President Obama had set fire to the Constitution and declared himself a dictator. Nuance or differing opinions had no place in this dogmatic thinking. Consequently, Fox News-ers freaked out.

 

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Some even felt Rivera should be fired from Fox because he disagreed with the likes of Hannity and O’Reilly.

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In a feat of masochism, Rivera appears to have read some of these comments that have been streaming in for several days now. Today, he updated his facebook page with a new post and didn’t hold back.

Ouch.

Rivera claims that he is going to turn over some of the worst posts to Fox News and “Facebook authorities” (not a real thing) because “you little pieces of shit hiding in the shadows of your mother’s basement deserve no less.” Having cringed my way through too many ugly comments from conservative websites to count, I understand the anger Rivera is feeling. The amount of hate, closed-mindedness, and ignorance is truly astounding. That being said, Rivera should check his expectations.

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Fox News or Facebook will do anything to stop the comments. If Fox News bosses were worried about racism or offensive comments they would have to crackdown on nearly every story they publish Рa herculean task Рand Facebook has consistently turned a blind eye to inappropriate messages and harassment. But it does reveal that some, even within the bubble that is Fox News, are growing tired of the spittle-laced vitriol that the network and its fans routinely bask in.

Not that the unhappiness of one of its employees will mean much to Fox. Rivera may not like it, but as long as that kind of anger-based business model continues to be profitable for Fox, it probably isn’t going anywhere.