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The Daily Whim

Wed. May 07, 2003

SCREAMING HOT GERALDO

SCREAMING HOT GERALDO – This has got to be the most horrid self serving ALL CAPS piece of crap I’ve seen in quite a while. But then, I don’t frequent Geraldo Rivera’s web site, so this could be the regular fare.

He talks/SCREAMS about “MY INADVERTENT TECHNICAL VIOLATION OF THE PENTAGON’S EMBEDMENT POLICIES,” ... translation; “that wuz when I screwed up, and the commander of the 101st had to kick me out.” He further whines/SCREAMS about how he is “FILLED WITH SMOLDERING ANGER AT THE GROTESQUE EXAGGERATION FOSTERED BY MY CABLE COMPETITORS.”

Grotesque exaggerations? Why, they’re a Geraldo specialty! Here’s what he has to say about his former employers, NBC News, via this blast at MSNBC: “USING A NEO-NAZI EX-CONGRESSMAN AND A PSYCHO EX-SPORTSCASTER AS THEIR HATCHET MEN THEY LOBBED ACCUSATIONS AND INNUENDO AIMED AT USING MY SAND DRAWING TO DESTROY A 33 YEAR CAREER FAR MORE DISTINGUISHED THAN ANYTHING TO WHICH EITHER OF THAT HAPLESS PAIR CAN ASPIRE.”

Nothing like fighting fire with even uglier fire. And I especially like the touching reference to his “sand drawings,” as if they were something offered for sale by a child on the beach, not some Adult Bozo’s attempt to show TV viewers where the 101st was about to go.

But I’m puzzled about his 33 year career of distinguished moments. Was that the chair throwing fight on his talk show, or the moment he opened Al Capone’s empty vault? I’m pressed to come up with any other high points (packing a gun in Afghanistan?). I know, he won quite a few awards early in his career, but in recent memory, all he’s done is make us laugh … unintentionally.

He further whines/SCREAMS that when he was reinstated with the 101st Airborne a week later, no one gave him a parade, or made copious mention of it on their airwaves: “ONCE I WAS BACK WITH THE 101ST IN IRAQ THE STORY JUST FADED AWAY WITHOUT EVEN A POSTSCRIPT.” Sort of like his reporting. Geraldo doesn’t seem to understand that his return came during the same week Saddam’s government fell … his story just got swept away by greater events.

Oh, wait a minute. He’s not supposed to be the story, he’s supposed to be covering the story. Tricky business, this TV journalism. Especially with such monstrous and prickly egos involved.


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