Geraldo Rivera Compares Rolling Stone Journalist to Al Qaeda TerroristsYou may call Geraldo Rivera a lot of things - a hack, a d-bag, an irrelevant mustachioed joke of a journalist who kind of looks like The Burger King - but one thing you may not call him is "black," particularly if you are a pot. I think you know what I mean. (The kettle thing.)
Here is how this chain of events played out:
1. In 2010, freelance journalist Michael Hastings interviewed the top commander in Afghanistan, four-star U.S. Army General Stanley A. McChrystal, and his staff.
2. Hastings wrote an article, "The Runaway General," featuring quotes from McChrystal and his aides mocking civilian government officials, including Joe Biden, National Security Advisor James L. Jones, and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry. McChrystal was not directly quoted as being critical of Obama or his policies, but several comments from his aides in the article reflected their perception of McChrystal's disappointment with the President when they met. Prior to the article's release, the staff was contacted to verify the validity of the article - which they did.
3. McChrystal called Joe Biden to apologize in advance of the article's release to newsstands.
4. Biden told Obama. Obama read the article. Obama summoned McChrystal to the White House.
5. McChrystal tendered his resignation, which Obama accepted.
6. Geraldo Rivera goes on "The O'Reilly Factor" to compare Michael Hastings to two Al Qaeda terrorists who posed as journalists and suicide bombed Sheik Massoud, a valuable U.S. ally in Afghanistan.
Whoever was in charge of putting that reporter with those soldiers in that context allowed a rat to be in an eagle's nest.What can he say? He hates journalists, man. They might as well be drawing maps in the sand for our enemies.
Geraldo Rivera Wipes Out on Hurricane Ike SeawallNothing like a good old-fashioned pratfall. In 2008, Geraldo Rivera found his sea legs in Galveston, TX, while filming a segment about evacuations during Hurricane Ike. He could be seen on the seawall talking to firefighters before a strong wave knocked him to the ground, all on live television. Lol.
Geraldo Rivera Tells America That Their Towns Are Overrun with Satanists
Estimates are that there are over 1 million Satanists in this country. ... The majority of them are linked in a highly organized, very secretive network. From small towns to large cities, they have attracted police and FBI attention to their Satanic sexual child abuse, child pornography, and grisly Satanic murders. The odds are that this is happening in your town.So spewed Geraldo Rivera in a 1988 special two-hour exposé, "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground," aired just days before Halloween.
He put the fear of God into viewers across the country with what was NBC's highest-rated two-hour documentary to date - though the network reportedly still lost money due to a lack of willing advertisers.
They were just being smart: Geraldo, after all, didn't have any facts to back up any of his outlandish claims and was believed to have greatly inflated estimates to drive ratings. (In case you're wondering, more credible sources estimate around 10,000 adult members of religious Satanic churches in the U.S. plus another 10,000 people who worship the Devil in the privacy of their own homes.)
Geraldo Rivera Gets Nose Broken by White Supremacist on His Own ShowOK, I've got one. Stop me if you've heard it:
What do white supremacists, black activists, anti-racist skinheads, and Jews have in common?
On Nov. 3, 1988, Rivera invited this motley crüe on stage for his tabloid talk show, "Geraldo." (Spoiler alert: This story ends with the show being labeled "Trash TV.") During the episode, a confrontation broke out between White Aryan Resistance (WAR) soldier John Metzger and African-American civil rights activist Roy Ennis. Punches were thrown, chairs were hurled, stagehands were brought in... and Geraldo's nose was broken.
On the plus side, ratings for the show went through the roof as news of the fight attracted viewers to the episode before it even aired. On the downside, it earned the show the aforementioned "Trash TV" moniker. Oh well. There's no such thing as bad publicity, right? As you probably know, Geraldo never regained an ounce of respect.
Geraldo Rivera Gets Heckled Out of Occupy Wall StreetThe young whippersnappers skipping work and showers to Occupy Wall Street were never exactly in Geraldo Rivera's target demographic. Still, he and his Fox News news crew looked uncomfortable if not embarrassed in October 2011 when they tried to enter the protestors' camp. The unwashed and undoctrinated masses surrounded Rivera's crew chanting, simply, "Fox News lies." After a few awkward moments and sheepish martyr smiles, Geraldo and his team fled. To accompany their departure, the crowed began a new chant: "Hey, hey, hey, goodbye."
Geraldo Rivera Curses at Cameraman Filming Hurricane Katrina VictimLook, Hurricane Katrina was rough for everyone, and journalists were no exception. As the flood waters rose, so did Geraldo's frustration when his cameraman couldn't see a victim clinging to part of a building. During a live segment for Fox News, he shouted and cursed, "There's a person - right there, g*ddammit!" - enough to reportedly earn him a fine from the FCC.
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