During Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night, Geraldo Rivera interviewed state Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh from the middle of a crowd of protesters in Baltimore, who told Rivera that the media presence at the protests was not helpful.
Before beginning his interview with Pugh, Rivera yelled at a protester for stepping in front of the camera.
“You’re making a fool of yourself,” Rivera said.
Rivera and Pugh then moved through the crowd slowly and Rivera began to introduce the state senator.
“If we can get her away from these vandals here,” he said.
“We want the media to move back,” Pugh then told Rivera.
“It seems like they want trouble,” Rivera said of the protesters.
“No, they don’t want trouble,” Pugh responded.
“We want our people to go home,” she added. “But we also want the media to move back, because this is just inciting people.”
Rivera and Pugh then moved away from the protesters, and Rivera checked in with host Sean Hannity.
“I know that was very unpleasant, but it shows you the extent of the emotions,” Rivera said.
“It’s a very emotional thing,” Pugh added. “People have been out here all day long. They’ve been demonstrating very peacefully. And you know, I think that what people see are camera lights, and when you see that, it incites people. But these people have been out here all day long just demonstrating very peacefully. And they’re demonstrating because they care about their neighborhoods, and they care about their communities.”
Back in the Fox News studio, Hannity told Pugh he disagreed.
“Cameras don’t incite people. Cameras don’t throw rocks. Cameras didn’t riot. Cameras didn’t loot. Cameras didn’t burn,” he said.
On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning, Rivera explained his brush with a protester who blocked the Fox News camera.
“They were so filled with emotion and passion and misguided anger, I didn’t want to, you know, go overboard. But he was becoming so truly annoying and obstructionist,” Rivera said. “I had an important story to tell standing there with the state Senate Majority Leader after the night they had seen here on Monday. We were worried it would become that on Tuesday. And it’s exactly that kind of youthful anarchy that led to that destruction and pain in that community.”
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