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Geraldo Rivera lashes out at Fox News for Mollie Tibbetts coverage

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Fox News host Martha MacCallum and veteran commentator Geraldo Rivera
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  • Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera argued that his
    network is perpetuating damaging stereotypes of unauthorized
    immigrants through its coverage of the killing of a 20-year-old
    Iowa woman by a Mexican immigrant.
  • He argued that Fox’s focus on the suspect’s immigration
    status is fueling the vilification of millions of unauthorized
    immigrants living in the US. 
  • “We at this network are putting that spin on the
    story,” Rivera said on Fox. “This is a murder story, not an
    immigration story.”

Veteran Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera lashed out at his own
network on Thursday, arguing that Fox is perpetuating damaging
stereotypes of unauthorized immigrants through its coverage of
the killing of a 20-year-old Iowa woman by a Mexican immigrant.

Rivera, a conservative who has regularly spoken out against the
GOP’s approach to immigration, argued that the
suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, should not represent
the millions of unauthorized immigrants currently living in the
US.

And by making Mollie Tibbetts’ killing an issue of
immigration — rather than crime and violence against women — the
commentator said Fox is adding fuel to hatred directed at
immigrant communities. 

“I know that most of the Fox audience disagrees with me, but I’m
begging you to have compassion and not brand of this entire
population by the deeds of this one person,” he told Fox host
Martha MacCallum on Thursday night.

MacCallum replied that Fox is not attempting to stereotype the
larger immigrant community. Instead, she said, the network is
pointing out that the murder suspect “shouldn’t have been here”
and that his immigration status “adds to” Tibbetts’ family’s
“pain.” 

But Rivera said the suspect’s background shouldn’t be at the crux
of the story, which he said is one about the death of a woman,
not crime among immigrants. 

“We at this network are putting that spin on the story,” he said.
“This is a murder story, not an immigration story.”

Earlier this week, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called
Democrats and the media — singling out Fox’s Rivera —
accomplices” in Tibbetts’ death and “the death of
everyone else.” 

Rivera condemned Patrick’s comments, defending his position that
unauthorized immigrants are being unjustly vilified by
conservatives. 

“He is stereotyping 11 million people in our country here without
documentation,” Rivera said of Patrick. “They care for our
babies, they mow our lawns, they wash our dishes, they pick our
fruit, they pack our meat, they process our poultry.” 

This week, President Donald Trump used Tibbetts’ killing to
promote his claim that unauthorized immigrants bring
tremendous crime” into the country. He posted
a video
online in which he blamed the young woman’s death on
the country’s immigration laws. 

“Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently
separated from her family. … A person came in from
Mexico, illegally, and killed her,
” Trump
said. “This is one instance of many.”

Over the last few days, following the revelation that the murder
suspect is undocumented, Fox and other conservative media outlets
have made the story front-page news — even
elevating it above their coverage
of the criminal convictions
of two of Trump’s top former advisers, Paul Manafort and Michael
Cohen. 

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