Geraldo Squares Off With Drudge: ‘Worst Kind Of Jingoistic Rhetoric Ever’

Geraldo Rivera got the front-page treatment Wednesday on the Drudge Report after he blasted the founder of the popular conservative website for fomenting xenophobia with the site’s coverage of the situation at the border.

Matt Drudge linked out to three separate articles on the criticism, using Rivera’s own words for the first two headlines before apparently offering his commentary.

Rivera used his Twitter account on Wednesday to upbraid Drudge for going “hysterical” on the story of the thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have streamed across the southern U.S. border.

Rivera elaborated on the criticism on his radio show, accusing Drudge of “doing his best to stir up a civil war.”

“I have to say that the level of discourse on these unaccompanied children from Central America has been appalling,” Rivera said, as quoted by Washington, D.C. television station WNEW. “It has been disgusting. It is the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever. And Matt Drudge with this massive website is doing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge.”

Drudge, Rivera contended, helms the “most powerful website.”

A cursory glance at the Drudge Report on any given day over the last month demonstrates the founder’s current obsession with immigration. It’s something Drudge himself acknowledged in an interview last month.

“I’m more obsessed with what’s going on with the border these days,” Drudge told Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP in what was a rare interview for the famous recluse.

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