Geraldo Rivera Sparks Backlash Over Tweets on the Late Michael Hastings

Fox News correspondent claims that reporter "destroyed" general's career

Geraldo Rivera just put his foot in his mustache-topped mouth. The Fox News correspondent and former talk show host took to Twitter to criticize late journalist Michael Hastings, prompting outrage amongst the journalism community that is still mourning Hastings' death.

Tributes have been pouring in for Hastings, who died June 18 in a car accident – check out BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, Guardian national security editor Spencer Ackerman, and Rachel Maddow's for a start.

Also read: BuzzFeed Journalist Michael Hastings Dead at 33

Rivera also wanted to express his sympathies, but apparently couldn't resist this caveat:

Rivera was referring to Stanley McChrystal, who resigned after Hastings' Rolling Stone profile quoted him and his staff criticizing various government officials.

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Many responded to Rivera by pointing out some of the mistakes he made during his career, prompting him to follow up with this:

Followed by this:

Charming.