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Geraldo Rivera Smacks Down Glenn Beck’s Hate-Mongering Conspiracy Theory About Occupy Wall Street Protests

Reported by Ellen - October 15, 2011 -

Geraldo Rivera offered some real sanity in the wake of Glenn Beck’s crazy hate mongering about Occupy Wall Street protests on The O’Reilly Factor last night, calling Beck's comments, “harsh at best, paranoid or delusional at worst.” Rivera also turned aside Bill O'Reilly's serious question as to whether the protests might be a threat to the stability of the country by making a joke.

As I previously posted, Rivera and his crew got quite an earful of “Fox News lies!” when he covered the OWS protest over the weekend. He did a decent job of covering it, too, at least on the night I watched (10/9/11). Some of that sympathetic coverage – and the chanting – was played on The Factor.

O’Reilly tried to egg on Rivera to criticize the protesters. “You were trying to give ‘em a break and they’re still being disrespectful,” O’Reilly complained.

“Well, I didn’t take it personally,” Rivera said, waving it off.

O’Reilly asked Rivera for his thoughts on Glenn Beck’s “analysis” of the movement in the previous segment. Rivera said, “I think that Glenn’s statements on the program just now were harsh at best, paranoid or delusional at worst. I think that he totally is blowing the ‘grand scheme’ of this out of proportion. I don’t think anyone’s in charge.”

O’Reilly went on to prod Rivera about SEIU, George Soros and the bogus Craig’s List ad that were all players in Beck's conspiracy as outlined in the preceding segment. Rivera swatted those aside, too. He told O’Reilly, “I don’t buy that” that the protesters are being used by those evil “forces.” “That’s not what this is about,” Rivera said.

“You have to recognize,” Rivera continued, “that there is real frustration out there. There is real fear that they’re not gonna get a job. You know, there’s one job for every five or six college graduates.”

O’Reilly refused to “buy that for a minute.” He later said, “I’m not saying that Beck is right. I’m just saying that Beck makes a compelling case.” He asked, in all seriousness, “So you don’t see a threat to the stability of the country from these people?”

Rivera answered that he saw a threat to sanitation in and around Zuccotti Park, where the protesters are hunkered down.

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