With a 10 p.m. curfew in place Tuesday, police were hoping for a quiet night in Baltimore following the chaos seen in the city the night before, at least until Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera appeared on the scene.
Rivera was trying to do a live interview with Maryland state Senate Majority Leader Catherine E. Pugh for “Hannity,” just after the curfew went into effect. Surrounded by excited protesters, the interview did not get very far before a man stepped in front of the camera, blocking the shot.
Possibly forgetting he is a 71-year-old man, Rivera angrily confronted the protester.
“C’mon man, get out of the way! Get out of the way!” Rivera screamed, as he tried to push the man aside.
“Don’t touch me!” the protester yelled.
“Well stop blocking my camera! Stop blocking my camera!” Rivera yelled back.
“Stop it, you’re making a fool of yourself,” he then told the man.
The exchange got so intense that Pugh physically injected herself between the two men to keep the peace, as other protesters streamed into the microphone.
The Democratic lawmaker then appealed to Rivera to back away from the crowd and do the interview across the street.
All the while, a woman protester is yelling repeatedly: “Stop making money off of black pain!”
Never mind that the reasoning offered by apologists for the protesters’ violent actions is no one pays attention to them otherwise.
As one might expect, Rivera’s tenacity was all the rage on social media. Here is a sampling of the responses from Twitter:
— John Woodrow Cox (@JohnWoodrowCox) April 29, 2015
— Joshua Scott Albert (@jpegjoshua) April 29, 2015
Holy cow. Geraldo going to fight on TV.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 29, 2015
‘Stop Blocking My Camera!’ Geraldo Nearly Comes to Blows with Baltimore Protester http://t.co/x1hOOBWzXh (VIDEO)
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) April 29, 2015
10 o’clock curfew now in effect. Biggest disturbance so far caused by Geraldo and someone mad about his reporting. (Seeing a theme here?)
— Megan Specia (@meganspecia) April 29, 2015
Who is the elderly man who posted a near-naked selfie reporting for FNC?
— Jayvie Canono (@OneFineJay) April 29, 2015
Two guys screaming at Geraldo saying Fox News lies pic.twitter.com/Kcdxf4Q2H4
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 29, 2015
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