Baltimore Protester Who Confronted Geraldo Rivera Says He "Wanted to Set the Record Straight"
"I want people to know that this issue is bigger than some clip of me," Kwame Rose told the Media Matters blog after challenging Fox News's coverage of Freddie Gray death protests.
Baltimore resident Kwame Rose, whose run-in with Geraldo Rivera over Fox News' allegedly biased coverage of the Freddie Gray death protests went viral, says he's not the story.
"I want people to know that this issue is bigger than some clip of me. It's about black lives," Rose on Friday told the Media Matters blog in an email exchange. Rose on April 28 confronted Rivera in west Baltimore just before he was to go live on-air to slam Fox News' provocative coverage of race relations.
"I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City, because you are not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people under MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue," Rose told Rivera. "But you're here for the black riots that happen. ... you're not here for the death of Freddie Gray," he added accusingly in a video that went viral on YouTube.
A smiling Rivera, after first retreating from Rose, then called him a "vandal," before adding "you're making a fool of yourself!" Rivera appearing on Fox & Friends on Wednesday then called Rose "truly annoying and obstructionist.
But Rose told Media Matters he never aimed at YouTube fame, and instead "just wanted to set the record straight and let it be known that this generation refuses to be misinterpreted." He added Rivera never wanted a rational discussion about unrest in Baltimore over Freddie Gray's arrest and death.