According to Geraldo Rivera, Matt Drudge, owner of the immensely popular "Drudge Report," is fomenting civil war for posting links to articles highlighting what is going on at the border with Mexico, Mediaite reported Wednesday.
"Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like 'Could Ebola sneak across?'" Rivera tweeted. The message sparked a huge backlash from a number of people.
"Geraldo needs to give these people a map right to HIS house! And clubs he belongs to. Free golf!" one person said in response.
"Gerry Rivers is pro-illegal. What shock. Racist," another person added.
Drudge, Mediaite said, has placed an emphasis of stories dealing with the border. In a recent interview with WTOP, he admitted being "more obsessed" with the situation on the border.
Rivera, however, wasn't finished, implying Drudge engaged in the same type of racial stereotyping used in the past. He also claimed that Drudge is “doing his best to stir up a civil war.”
“This is exactly what they did to the Irish in the 19th Century,” Rivera said on his radio program. “And to the Chinese… and to the Jews and to the Italians. … ‘They bring disease.’"
“We have to reject this hysterical jingoistic rhetoric, this inflamed hysteria hyped by irresponsible political ideologues," he added. Rivera, however, failed to mention that the Drudge Report is a news aggregator that posts links to interesting articles across the Internet.
As of this writing, for example, the site features a link to an article at the Daily Beast telling of how one man with Ebola almost got into the United States. According to the story, a naturalized U.S. citizen who works in his native Liberia collapsed and died of the virus in Nigeria before boarding a flight to Minneapolis, where his wife and children live.
But according to Rivera, posting the link is somehow racist and stirs up civil war. One must ask: If Drudge is fomenting civil war by posting the link, is the Daily Beast also fomenting civil war by publishing the article?