Geraldo Tells Rudy Giuliani That Arafat's Like George Washington

Noah Rothman of Mediaite reported on Friday that Fox News host Geraldo Rivera compared the late Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat to George Washington on Fox & Friends, as hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade took turns criticizing that comparison.

From this debacle, Geraldo seemed to learn nothing. He then went on his national radio show that morning and unloaded the same arguments on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the mayor lamented Obama standing in front of a large banner with an image of Arafat:

RUDY GIULIANI: Terrible thing to do.

GERALDO RIVERA: But isn't [Arafat] their hero? It's their turf.

It’s “their turf,” so they can make the American president stand in front of their hero’s picture and not expect him to find a smarter backdrop. He continued:

RIVERA: But he's their hero, though, man. That's the thing --

GIULIANI: He shouldn't be!

RIVERA: He's a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He's their George Washington. I mean, he's theirs, not ours.

If Geraldo had been around in the 1940s, perhaps Hitler would have simply been the George Washington of Germany. After all, who are we to judge?

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis