Skip to comments.Jackson Enjoys 'Bliss' of Neverland (Geraldo giving him air time and on Jackson's side)
Posted on 02/07/2005 3:15:09 PM PST by Former Military Chick
Michael Jackson (search) told FOX News' Geraldo Rivera that he had become a target for prosecutors because he was a well-known figure and he said that news reports about him were "fiction."
"The bigger the star, the bigger the target. I'm not trying to say I'm the super-duper star, I'm not saying that," Jackson said in the interview, which was taped two weeks ago. "I'm saying the fact that people come at celebrities, we're targets. But truth always prevails. I believe in that."
The interview with Jackson aired Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on the FOX News Channel on "At Large With Geraldo Rivera."
The interview was Jackson's first since he was indicted by a grand jury in April on charges of molesting a boy and plying him with alcohol. Jackson's lawyers and prosecutors are scheduled to begin questioning potential jurors in the trial Monday.
The singer was barred by a gag order from talking about the molestation charges he faces.
Jackson also said in the interview that he designed his Neverland estate (search), where prosecutors say the molestation occurred, as a place where he could enjoy the childhood activities he missed while he was a child star.
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I am fed up. Fed up with FOX as it pertains to Jackson. I saw the segment of the interview with Geraldo and Jackson. It was right up there with sugar water he was ga ga over the has been icon of music.
Geraldo said he would shave his mustache if convicted. He better sharpen the shears he is going to be doing some cutting.
A jury has to find at least child endangerment when it comes to the sleeping quarters of those not his kids.
If my neighbor were to do this, I would have him arrested, they would not be any bending over backwards, allowing him to turn him/herself to the authorities, the community would be aware and the perp would be put on some admin. situation if working in the field with children. HELLO WAKE UP. Jackson is still with kids and nobody has called him on it.
He endangered kids. He needs help and when an investigative reporter chooses to throw only soft ball questions well your creditability has been shot to hell.
As for Ms Rita Cosby she too was gushing at the fact of interviewing the king of pop's Mom. She never challenged any of the Moms accusations, one comment to include:
yes the following is in CAPS
HIS MOTHER SAID THAT THE CHILDREN OF THE DA WHO CHARGED HER SON IS EITHER KKK OR ARYAN NATION AFFILIATED.
Where is an attorney when I need one, someone needs to defend the kids who are NOT members of any questionable websites and sue the pants off Mom Jackson for saying such evil things against the DA cuz they are going after her son.
Oh, I am mad.
It is so irritating to watch the line our reporters are taking to get ratings.
Geraldo sucks, period.
You do not have to convince me. After he left CNBC to go to FOX I was not happy about this at all. But, I was impressed with his reporting while an embed in Iraq.
He seemed liked by the troops. But, now he is reverting back to his old "show" days, ratings. He sucked up to Jackson there is no doubt.
With the selection of jurors going on, this interview seemed to push the limit of the gag order or the one time opportunity for Jackson to rebutt the grand jury testimony that was leaked.
He wants the exclusives on Michael regardless of the outcome of the trial. I say all the power to Fox News for getting the only interviews with both Jacko and his mother. Well done.
Geraldo wants to wear a jumper, shave his moustache, hold a lolli-pop and spend the night with Jacko. Hmmmmm....
I am very interested in this case. I heard via FR that Geraldo was promoting his upcoming interview and was speaking in glowing terms about Michael Jackson. I did not watch the interview but happened to see a few minutes of Rita and she was her usual breathless self and exactly as you describe. I was disgusted.
Others saw Rita as we did...breathlessly gushing over the Jackson family.
Here's my tip to those of you who wonder what to think about Geraldo - He's an idiot. Always. All the time. Sometimes things that sound like they make sense fall from his mouth. It's an accident. He's an idiot. All the time. An idiot.
I hope this clears things up.
Geraldo Rivera is the 'Enquirer' of news reporters.
Wouldn't suprise me if Geraldo had done bad things to puppies as a little boy.
I hope this clears things up."
It clears things up only until some folks here see Geraldo masquerading as 'Super Patriot' with the troops (that is when he's NOT drawing troop movement maps in the sand, or pretending he's been under attack)...
Then all is forgotten of a man whose credentials is best described as a human cartoon character.
Jackson is a sick, pedophile freak. He will make a fine wife for someone in prison.
Don't you think Fox is #1 because they give a little bit for everybody?
They aren't deliberately trying to lessen audience counts by appealing only to sane people.
There are plenty of whore masters out there that will listen to Whorealdo "Capone Vault" Rivera. ;)
One would think that chair to the head he took a few years back would have knocked some sense into him.......
I caught the giggle, and perhaps you are right, thanks.
I wish there was a free transcript but FOX does not offer that. Geraldo was getting a great deal of coverage over the weekend, almost all other cable news channels were citing the interview on their own program.
Discussing whether Geraldo crossed the line from fair and balanced to a private cheerleader. Of course those that hate Gerlado will look away, why bother with him and those who support him will never find him in the wrong.
It just does not do any service to the jury pool when you do these interviews.
I can tell you, when it comcerns Ms Cosby, her voice has me feeling the nails on a chalkboard and I cannot escape that feeling.
She was not fair, not at all. To not combat the KKK issue was down right unethical, but, I do not know even if they know what type reporters these 2 are -- for me -- they have lost that credential.
Naah. They were #1 without the one-man circus named "Geraldo."
"There are plenty of whore masters out there that will listen to Whorealdo 'Capone Vault' Rivera. ;)"
True, but I imagine part of the appeal of Whoraldo is his schlock, and the chance that as a potential train wreck, he's liable to jump the track at any moment.
If only he had a brain...
Geraldo was the kid who jumped off the garage roof with a Superman cape after shooting down eight straight Cokes.
Looked like a freakin' cat who caught a mouse. Watched about 2 minutes and said to myself: "Self..this is trash." Then shut the TV off! Geraldo...wow...desperation. He just goes from one tabloid story to another doesn't he?
This is a disgrace! I would think that Jackson's mother would be opening herself up to a slander charge by saying that the DA's kids are in the KKK. Rolling my eyes here.
Sheesh. And that dang Rita ... letting a guest get away with that crap.
okdokie, I am not sure if your kidding (my dad said I missed the laughing stuff when they were handed out).
I know the fair and balanced is a slogan. But, you know, when they cross the line then they should put it out front. I mean that he is using his show to get PRO coverage for the Jackson case. It does make me wonder cuz his viewers just can't be the same as Brit's.
At the least Jackson should be found guilty of child endangerment for allowing them in his bed. That is wrong, would Geraldo want his kids sleeping with Jackson, oops he had answered it .. YES.
rolling my eyes in the heartland
Exactly, his credibility will be lost. He will blame the sentence on a bunch of old white folks. I offer that he will make it a race issue in the months to come.
A ticking time bomb for Geraldo.
I didn't see the entire thing, but the part I saw certainly does indicate that that's exactly what this is.
He's going to be ruined, IMO. It most cases where the plaintiff screams everybody's lying but me, they're not.
I believe that Katherine Jackson IS the problem; she knows everything and has let it all go on for all these years.
Geraldo expressed his support of Jackson. Thinks he is being rail roaded by a scam artist and does not see anything wrong with Jackson's affection for boys in his bed.
Dunno, if it will ruin Geraldo seems that all who go this road find reincarnation.
It wasn't just enough that he questioned the DA's case, he actively spoke against it -- and supported Jackson wholeheartedly.
It's his now; and he's going down with Jackson. He was so effusive in his spoke defense there is no way he can back off of it now.
It made me so sick I was thinking that I can't wait to see the end and the look on his face.
GERALDO RIVIERA. Born in New York City, New York, U.S., 4 July 1943. B.S., University of Arizona, 1965; JD. Brooklyn Law School, 1969; postgraduate work at University of Pennsylvania, 1969; attended School of Journalism, Columbia University, 1970. Married 2) Edith Bucket "Pie" Vonnegut, 1971; 3) Sherryl Raymond, 1976; 4) (divorced); 4) C.C. Dyer, 1987; children: Gabriel Miguel, Isabella. Member of anti-poverty neighborhood law firms Harlem Assertion of Rights and Community Action for Legal Services, New York City, 1968-70; admitted to New York Bar, 1970; in television from 1970, beginning at Eyewitness News, WABC-TV, New York City. Host of numerous television specials. Member Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund; Puerto Rican Bar Association. Recipient: Smith fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1969; 7 Emmy Awards; 2 Robert F. Kennedy Awards; Peabody Award; Kennedy Journalism Award, 1973, 1975. Address: Geraldo Investigative News Group, 555 West 57th St, New York, NY 10019.
unless there is some bombshell evidence against Jackson - the odds of convicting him are small in my opinion. americans are starstruck when it come to celebrities. if a jury voted to acquit jayson williams, the new york nets basketball star who shot his limo driver, in the face of blatant evidence and testimony, any celebrity with a top notch legal team, can walk.
the only chance at justice in this case - was missed when he did not commit suicide right after the disclosure of the criminal allegations.
I am not sure; all the talking heads I've seen say he's in BIG trouble.
I tend to laugh and agree with your last remark; because you and I both know that if he is acquitted, he'll do it again.
Jerry Rivers must be a bit light in the old loafers himself ................
Jackson will walk. No doubt about it. The MSM (and Geraldo) are convinced he is innocent and will do all they can to make sure he is freed of suspicion and exonerated. Look at all the thousands of people bused in to cheer Jackson's every move. It's OJ all over again with massive MSM coverage and the inevitable "not guilty" verdict.
I have to say, I was pretty disgusted by that Gerlado-Jackson love fest. Geraldo is a tool, a tabloid reporter who should quit Fox and go write for the Weekly World News or start a 24 hour network for news about the British royal family. That's his speed. He had his nose so far up Jackson's ass... well.. nevermind...it's soo sick and depraved to even make a joke out of.