A previous article on Newshounds noted Fox News fawning over Clint Eastwood's bizarre speech at the Republican convention. Geraldo Rivera was a notable exception, having called it “dreadful” and “buffoonery." Well, it seems that Rivera has put himself back on Fox News' Eastwood-loving plantation. Yesterday, I found a tweet in which he apologized for being “harsh,” “cranky” and “too judgmental.” It's odd that Rivera would be apologizing for an opinion - which he gets paid to give - but it's even stranger when you compare it to his apologies for his hoodie comments in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death.
You may recall that Rivera shocked a lot of people when he blamed Trayvon Martin's hoodie for his death.
I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was.
He never apologized for that opinion, only for the hurt that he caused. On April 1, 2012, Rivera apologized to Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton:
I want to personally convey my deepest apologies to both of you. I am sorry if anything I said, Tracy added to your misery.”
On March 27, 2012, Politico reported on an email received from Rivera:
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’”
So Rivera apologized for being “too judgmental” about a convention speech but only to those offended when he blamed a boy's death on his wardrobe choice.