Geraldo: Media Don’t Cover Venezuela Enough; ‘Unpatriotic’ to Call Obama Weak

In a Thursday interview with Larry King on, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera lamented the lack of American media coverage of the Venezuelan turmoil in favor of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia showdown in Crimea.

“We get a vast amount of our natural gas and oil from Venezuela,” the Fox host noted. “They are exporters in their own league. What are they, a thousand miles away? Ukraine is six, seven thousand miles away on the other side of the world. In Venezuela, we have many, many American interests. I don’t understand it.”

“A lot of it is the media’s fault,” he explained. “There are a couple of a million Venezuelan Americans. We should be much more concerned about Venezuela than we are.” Though he conceding that, as a global power, America should pay attention to all worldwide crises, he bemoaned that “we’re missing a crisis right on our own doorstep.”

At another point in their conversation, Rivera told King that it is “borderline unpatriotic” to call President Obama “weak” during a “moment of crisis” like the one going on in Crimea. “It’s unhelpful,” he added. “It undermines the Commander-in-Chief of the American armed forces, and it accomplishes absolutely nothing but scoring cheap political points in the near future.”

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