Arnett, heck...what was Geraldo thinking?

  1. Fox News, military reach deal on Rivera
    Correspondent will leave Iraq rather than be expelled
    From Chris Plante
    CNN
    Tuesday, April 1, 2003 Posted: 6:32 AM EST (1132 GMT)



    Geraldo Rivera revealed sensitive operational details in a live broadcast for Fox News, Pentagon sources say.



    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Fox News Channel executives and the Pentagon reached a deal Monday in which correspondent Geraldo Rivera, who raised the military's ire when he reported operational details, will leave Iraq voluntarily rather than be expelled, Pentagon officials told CNN.

    After early reports indicated that Rivera would be expelled from the Army unit he was traveling with, Fox and the Pentagon agreed that he would leave on his own, without being officially sanctioned.

    U.S. military officials told CNN on Monday morning that Rivera violated the cardinal rule of war reporting by giving away crucial details of military plans during a Fox News Channel broadcast from Iraq, where the reporter was temporarily assigned to the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

    In the live broadcast, Rivera told his photographer to aim the camera at the sand in front of him. Rivera then outlined a map of Iraq, and showed the relative location of Baghdad and his location with the 101st Airborne. He then showed where the 101st would be going next.

    Senior Pentagon officials also told CNN early Monday that the U.S. military had decided to expel Rivera.

    "He gave away the big-picture stuff," a senior military official told CNN. "He went down in the sand and drew where the forces are going."

    A Pentagon official told CNN that members of the 101st Airborne would escort Rivera to the Kuwaiti border. But Rivera appeared in another live report from Iraq hours after the official announced his expulsion, and said he knew nothing of it.

    "In fact, I'm further in Iraq than I've ever been," he said. "It sounds like some rats from my former network, NBC, are trying to stab me in the back."

    Rivera left his job at CNBC in November 2001 to report from Afghanistan for Fox News.

    Rivera said he had heard nothing about being expelled until he called network headquarters for the scheduled live broadcast.

    "MSNBC is so pathetic a cable news network that they have to do anything they can to attract attention," he said. "You can rest assured that whatever they're saying is a pack of lies."

    Nevertheless, as the day went on, Fox News executives pleaded with Pentagon officials to not expel Rivera. Pentagon officials stood their ground and insisted that Rivera go, and a deal was eventually reached, the Pentagon sources said.
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Gomer
    "MSNBC is so pathetic a cable news network that they have to do anything they can to attract attention," he said. "You can rest assured that whatever they're saying is a pack of lies."
    "Um, hi, Kettle? This is Pot. I just called to tell you you're black."
  4. by   Lausana
    I guess it's time to go back to excavating basements!
  5. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    "Um, hi, Kettle? This is Pot. I just called to tell you you're black."

  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    "Um, hi, Kettle? This is Pot. I just called to tell you you're black."
    ROTFLMMFAO!

    That just may have replaced the clue phone!
  7. by   emily_mom
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    It's not often that I give credit to a Nazi skinhead, but that White Supremacist punk who busted Geraldo in the beak with a chair probably did the only useful thing he'll ever do in his entire life.
  9. by   nursenoelle
    I was never a fan of Geraldo. I am very glad he was called out on his actions. Once again, his lack of judgement has come back to bite him in the arse.

    I do love FOX's Greg Kelly, an ex marine embedded with the 3rd ID. He is very cautious in his reporting. I rode through the desert with him the whole night when we began movement. My coworker said she had sand in her teeth from it, but it made me fell closer to Kris.
  10. by   Mkue
    nursenoelle.. Greg Kelly is the guy I have been watching, he is great and very cautious, now I know his name, thanks for posting it.
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    ROTFLMMFAO!

    That just may have replaced the clue phone!
    Aw heck, Geraldo hasn't answered his clue phone in YEARS. But he did leave a message:

    "Ummm...hello, this is the famous, great and wonderful Geraldo, and yesyesyes, it IS really and truly ALL ABOUT ME! *checks out front hair flip*"

  12. by   MandyInMS
    Geraldo Rivera... Just another example of the endless supply of IDIOTS
  13. by   Gomer
    So, who's the bigger "traitor" in your opinion.....Arnett or Rivera? Or are they equal? And will "fair and balanced" Fox fire Rivera?
  14. by   emily_mom
    "Universally speaking, Geraldo Rivera has become a household name for CRAP. There's just no excuse that this flaming bag of hot ego should be stinking up a TV studio and raking up bucket-loads of money in the process."

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