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O’Reilly Confronts Geraldo over His MH370 ‘Lunacy’

It’s a slow Saturday so for now, all I’ve got is this…(LOL)

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Bill O’Reilly has established himself as perhaps the biggest critic of the cable news MH370 coverage on TV right now, and on Friday night he brought on Geraldo Rivera to confront him about his “lunacy” on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. On Fox & Friends Friday morning, Rivera said it was likely the plane was hijacked and then landed somewhere in order to pick up a “secret passenger.”

O’Reilly wasted no time in laughing at Rivera, remarking that he “put forth some lunacy” and asking why in the hell he would do that. Rivera insisted, “It’s not a theory about aliens and black holes, it’s true!”

When Rivera said he knows what likely happened to the plane, O’Reilly asked, “Did you go to the psychic? Did she tell you?”

Rivera explained that there was likely a maintenance issue, “smoldering fire in the tire,” and when they were in the air it “ignited a fire” and as they were trying to land they were “overcome by smoke inhalation.” After listening to Rivera, O’Reilly told viewers, “You’ll never get those two minutes back, ladies and gentlemen.”

Watch the video below, via Newscenter

http://youtu.be/8NAWXzSBCs4

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Geraldo ‘Attacks’ O’Reilly over Contentious Obama Interview: You ‘Minimized’ the President!

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Geraldo Rivera took on Bill O’Reilly Friday night over whether O’Reilly was disrespectful to President Obama in their big Super Bowl interview. Rivera gave O’Reilly some benefit of the doubt, but other than that thought O’Reilly was a bit too confrontational and didn’t give Obama the kind of respect a president normally deserves.

Rivera argued it was less like an interview and more like a meeting of the minds with the “President of Most of the White Guys of America” (O’Reilly) against the president of the rest of the country, and told O’Reilly that it was out of line for him to refer to Obama as a “community organizer.”

He said it was “unsettling to watch,” and the president deserves “all the respect and dignity” of the office. O’Reilly fired back that his job is not to please, it’s to “get information” and ask “the tough questions,” and believed that he gave enough deference and respect to the office of the presidency.

Rivera concluded that the larger point O’Reilly made about inner-city families was “obscured” by how he “minimized” the president.

Watch the video below…

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Geraldo Rivera Says All Six Jurors Would Have Also Killed Trayvon Martin

I know I shouldn’t be shocked at anything that pundits over at Fox News have to say.  Yet, having said that, I am in fact shocked at the above statement…

Think Progress

On Friday morning, as George Zimmerman’s defense team prepared to deliver its closing statement in the 3-week trial, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera told Fox & Friends that the all-female jury would have also killed Trayvon Martin if they had encountered him on that fateful night:

RIVERA: I see those six ladies in the jury putting themselves on that rainy night, in that housing complex that has just been burglarized by three or four different groups of black youngsters from the adjacent community. So it’s a dark night, a 6-foot-2-inch hoodie-wearing stranger is in the immediate housing complex. How would the ladies of that jury have reacted? I submit that if they were armed, they would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did. This is self-defense.

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In March of last year, Rivera proclaimed that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman (his killer)” and later gloated about the remarks.

His original comment was met with widespread disgust, even from his own son. Public figures, including Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and the Miami Heat basketball players responded by wearing hoodies in solidarity with the slain teenager.

 

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Geraldo Slams GOP (and Fox News?) ‘Bloodlust’ On Benghazi: ‘Life Is Not An Action Movie’

Back in the 70′s and 80′s I would never miss Geraldo Rivera’s time slot on ABC News channel 7 in New york City.  At that time, in my opinion, Geraldo was a fantastic news commentator.  After the Al Capone Vault disaster, in terms of his credibility, he went downhill from there and loss many fans.  I was one of them.

Later, he went to MSNBC and then Fox News.  His resurged popularity over his OJ Simpson coverage has kept him above water thusfar.   I don’t watch Fox News so I only get information about Rivera when he makes outrageous statements, which seem to be what the Fox News viewers like.

This time, Rivera tweeted his thoughts about Fox News’ Benghazi coverage that I can agree with…

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Geraldo Rivera is bucking the Fox News trend on criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of the death of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and is criticizing the criticism. Fox News has been keeping focus on the story, and some of the network’s personalities have taken to criticize the media for ignoring the story. Rivera rebutted the criticism, arguing that it is a “cruel myth” to suggest the deaths of the four Americans killed might have been prevented, and said, “Life is not an action movie.”

Rivera tweeted his thoughts out tonight. He first compared the conservative outrage over Benghazi to similar outrage churned up in the wake of the Fast & Furious ATF gunrunning scandal, saying of House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, “if [he's] in charge truth [is] not the goal.”

Rivera followed up by asking if Obama spun on the Benghazi story in order to “retain [the] Bin Laden killer mystique,” while saying that the idea the four dead Americans could have been saved is a “cruel myth.”

He concluded by telling those criticizing the Obama administration for not immediately launching a counterattack that “life is not an action movie.”

Rivera did not mention Fox News in his criticism, but the network has been very strident in demanding answers from the Obama administration on the attack. Watch a portion of Fox News’ Benghazi coverage from tonight here.

 

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NRA BEGINS SELLING HOODIES WITH POCKET TO CONCEAL HANDGUNS

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The National Rifle Association has a new item in its online store: hoodies, with a special pocket designed to conceal a handgun.

Hooded sweatshirts have taken on new meaning in the last week as a symbol for Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed while wearing one last month. Last week, Geraldo Rivera speculated that it was Trayvon’s hoodie that was to blame for his death, sparking widespread criticism.

“We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle — not the other way around. That’s why we developed the NRAstore exclusive Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt,” reads the product description. If enough people buy them, Rivera may be right to assume some hoodies can be dangerous.

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Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie ‘allowed’ Zimmerman to kill Martin

Geraldo should just pack it in, he’s quickly becoming irrelevant, so a statement like this gives him an additional “fifteen minutes”…

The Raw Story

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera thinks he knows who or what is to blame for the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: the hoodie did it.

Appearing on Fox News early Friday morning, Rivera conceded that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Martin, should be investigated, but he urged black and Latino parents to not allow their children to wear hooded sweatshirts.

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” the host ranted. “You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta — you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.”

Rivera compared the situation to NPR firing Fox News contributor Juan Williams for saying he was scared of Muslims at the airport because of the way they dressed.

“That’s an automatic reflex,” Rivera explained. “When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, God bless him. He’s an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hand, he didn’t deserve to die, but I’ll bet you money if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way.”

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy noted that New Yorkers on Wednesday had held a “Million Hoodie March” in support of Martin.

“You cannot rehabilitate the hoodie,” Rivera insisted. “I understand that the reaction might be overzealous or even irrational in some extent. You are not going to rehabilitate the hoodie. Stop wearing it!”

“There are some things that are almost inevitable. I’m not suggesting that Trayvon Martin had any kind of weapon or anything. He wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way. And if he had been dressed more appropriately — I think unless it is raining out or you are at a track meet, leave the hoodie home.” [Edit: Doh! It was raining outside!]

“Perception is reality,” guest co-host Juliet Huddy agreed.

In fact, Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher that it was raining as he was pursuing Martin.

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” the neighborhood watch enthusiast said. “It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about. … These assholes always get away.”

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Baratunde R. Thurston’s response:

parents, please don’t let your children go out wearing Geraldo Mustaches. Based on the facial hair alone, people could think they are attention-seeking, victim blaming, simple-minded idiots and in the worst case, hurl turtle shells at them

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Karl Rove to Herman Cain: True or false?

Usually, there is nothing that I agree with Karl Rove on…except in this instance…

Politico

Karl Rove said Monday that Herman Cain has failed to properly respond to the POLITICO report that at least two women accused him of inappropriate behavior, saying he needs to say “yes or no.”

“He’s not denying but he ain’t responding and that’s not the best place to be,” Rove said on Fox News. “If these allegations are not true, say they aren’t true and put it behind you. If not, better get everything out sooner rather than later because in a situation like this, if there is something there, that something’s going to come out.”

Asked whether he considered the Cain campaign’s response to the allegations as sufficient, the former George W. Bush strategist answered “no,” criticizing the decision to evade questions about whether there were ever any financial settlements with the women.

“I think Geraldo had it right last night — you simply can’t say go talk to the National Restaurant Association and refuse to answer the question, ‘Were there any monetary settlements involved in these things,’” Rove said, referring to Fox News host Geraldo Rivera’s phone interview with Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon Sunday night hours after the report was first published, in which Rivera repeatedly asked whether there had been any cash settlements.

Rove added, “You can’t simply say go ask, go talk to somebody else. You either need to say yes or no. And if no, say no immediately. Say absolutely or not and get on with it. But if you’re sitting there saying go talk to somebody else, it’s not going to help you.”

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Geraldo flees ‘Occupy Wall St.’ as protesters chant, ‘Fox News lies!’

Well, the first high profile Fox News guy has had to flee the “Fox news lies” chant.  I suppose Geraldo Rivera had to flee because he couldn’t defend his company’s “all lies all the time”, policies…

The Raw Story

Unless it’s a tea party rally, Fox News and American protests don’t seem to mix well.

Host Geraldo Rivera decided to go down to the Occupy Wall Street protests Sunday afternoon and ended up having an unpleasant experience.

Protesters immediately surrounded Rivera and his network’s cameras and began shouting “Fox News Lies!” After a few minutes, Rivera decided to leave. His departure was cheered by protesters, who sang “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!”

This isn’t the first time in 2011 that the network has been greeted by the public with chants of “Fox News lies!” During the Wisconsin union protests in February, reporter Jeff Flock was barraged by one man yelling the now famous chant.

In addition, this latest episode of Occupy Wall Street giving embarrassment to Fox News comes more than a week after protester Jesse LaGreca called out producer Griff Jenkins in a viral Youtube clip that the network chose not to air.

WATCH: Video from Youtube, which appeared on October 9, 2011.

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New York Observer: Exclusive “Occupy Wall Street” Unaired Fox Footage

Who is that guy?  He needs to work for the Obama administration as press secretary.

You really have to ask yourself why Fox News ambush reporter did not show this on Fox News‘ Greta Van Susteran or one of the other ditto-heads there.  This guys answers to the reporters’ lame questions are simply PHENOMENAL!

The New York Observer

Even if Geraldo Rivera was at the Zuccotti Park yesterday, Fox News has generally been a tad dismissive of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Foxnews.com (as of this writing) has no coverage of this national event on their front page stories. (Hard to imagine for a network that was so gung-ho about the Tea Party!) Red Eye‘s Bill Schulzwent out to try to “prank” the protestersBill O’Reilly sent a producer minion out with the same mission: to belittle OWS’s cause by cutting up interviews to make people sound stupid.

Well, here is an interview that Fox News filmed, but doesn’t want you to see. The segment was shot on Wednesday for Greta van Susteren‘s show, (though it looks like the same producer from this O’Reilly segment questioning Michael Moore‘s anti-capitalist agenda) though the decision was made to leave it on the cutting room floor. The reason should be obvious pretty quickly.

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Fox News Civil War: Geraldo “Owes” Bernie Goldberg “A Bloody Nose” Over Casey Anthony Verdict

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You may recall that Bernard Goldberg took a shot at Geraldo Rivera the other night on The O’Reilly Factor over the Casey Anthony verdict. Goldberg thought Anthony should have been found guilty, Rivera has adamantly argued otherwise on the show. Goldberg opined Rivera would have had a different opinion if it had been a trial of a “militia man in Arizona… accused of killing a Hispanic immigrant.” Last night (7/8/11), Rivera visited The Factor and didn’t just take exception to Goldberg’s words but said, “I owe him a bloody nose. I am serious.”

Specifically, Goldberg said about Rivera:

I wonder if Geraldo and others who think like Geraldo would be so open-minded if, let’s say, a militia man in Arizona was accused of killing a Hispanic immigrant and the evidence was similar to this case – a mountain of circumstantial evidence. Do you think Geraldo Rivera would go on the air and talk to you the way he did? …I don’t think he would speculate that maybe (someone other than Casey Anthony) did it, maybe (Anthony’s) crazy, maybe this, maybe that. This is ridiculous. If the man from Mars came down and he heard the evidence in this case, he’d say, “Well, of course she’s guilty.”

Last night, it was Rivera’s turn on The Factor. He called it “disgusting” that anyone should accuse him of being callous to the death of little Caylee Anthony because he found the prosecution case “thin.” Then he took aim at Goldberg:

For that snarky Bernie Goldberg to come on your program and to suggest that my view of the prosecution case would be different if the victim was a Mexican immigrant was a lying, low blow with heavy racial overtones and I owe him a bloody nose. I am serious.

O’Reilly who has a dubious record on race, himself, insisted Goldberg did not mean it in a racial way. I’m with Geraldo on this one. But you can decide for yourself.

Will there be another chapter when Goldberg returns for his weekly visit with O’Reilly next week? Stay tuned.

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