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Geraldo on Trayvon Martin’s hoodie: It’s got to be a hoax

The video above appears to feature Geraldo Rivera on Fox News attributing Trayvon Martin’s killing to his wearing a hoodie. Here’s the apparent comment:

I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters, particularly, to not let their young children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.

No way, I told myself. This has to be another Internet hoax. Cannot possibly be real. No adult on the country’s leading cable news outfit would blame the fashion choices of black and Latino kids for violence against them. Someone really clever had to have messed with the audio on that clip.

But then I read this piece in Politico, which claims to have an e-mail from Geraldo standing by his words. Other outlets are reporting it as well. Twitter is treating it as a real thing:

I’ll keep on looking for evidence that it’s just a big joke. It’s got to be.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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