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LA Times Critic: Geraldo Rivera at Katrina Was Like a "Vulture on Crystal Meth"
Newsbusters.org ^ | 18 September 2005 | Dave Pierre

Posted on 09/18/2005 3:53:04 PM PDT by infoguy

Los Angeles Times' media critic Tim Rutten has long had a somewhat troubled relationship with reality (for just a few examples, see here, here, and here). He also has never been shy about letting his liberal political views get in the way of doing what he actually should be doing: Analyzing the media in a fair and objective way.

However, his liberal slams on conservative media reached a new low in his weekly column, "It's hard to feel bad for Geraldo" (Sat. Sept. 17, 2005) (reg. req'd), which begins as follows (emphasis mine):

"IT would be comforting to believe that Geraldo Rivera is inexplicable.

"Sadly, when we consider Rupert Murdoch's ceaseless schemes for global domination and the venal blood lust that pulses through Fox News, Geraldo is easy to explain — which makes him simply inexcusable.

"Seeing him descend bright-eyed and sweaty on wretched New Orleans, as he did in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, was like watching a vulture on crystal meth. The word that came to mind was not 'reporting,' but 'feeding.'"

"Ceaseless schemes for global domination"? "Venal blood lust"? Vultures on crystal meth? Is Rutten talking about a television network or a murderous, communist dictatorship?

And that was just the beginning of the article!

Rutten's article then relays Geraldo's ongoing battle with the New York Times surrounding critic Alessandra Stanley's apparently false claim that Rivera "nudged" a rescue worker in order to capture video footage. Rutten's conclusion? Well, Geraldo has had a couple troublesome episodes with reporting in his own history, so he basically deserves Stanley's smear. Nice, eh? Then, in a laughable example of hypocrisy, Rutten lectures his readers on the utmost importance of "a critic's credibility." Puh-leeze.

It's nearly impossible to imagine Rutten taking such a cynical and mean-spirited approach towards CNN or any other news network. (For example, can you imagine?: "Sadly, when we consider Ted Turner's ceaseless schemes for global domination and the venal blood lust that pulses through CNN, Anderson Cooper is easy to explain — [it] was like watching a vulture on crystal meth." Uh-uh. It would never happen.)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: foxnews; geraldo; geraldorivera; katrina; whorealdo
Liberal bias alert #59,489,789.
1 posted on 09/18/2005 3:53:08 PM PDT by infoguy
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To: infoguy

IMO. the MSM collectively lost their freaken minds during post Katrina days.


2 posted on 09/18/2005 3:57:27 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: infoguy

It is a given that Geraldo tends to get emotional. Hell, I would to in 95 degree heat and 95 % humidity. But, from what Isaw, he was just pointing out the obvious.

If the L A Times is his enemy--I'm for Geraldo.


3 posted on 09/18/2005 4:02:36 PM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101
This is a lie of BIBLICAL proportions!
4 posted on 09/18/2005 4:07:25 PM PDT by maineman
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To: infoguy

Geraldo had a Sally Struthers moment, crying while holding a black diapered baby.


5 posted on 09/18/2005 4:13:09 PM PDT by sandbar
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You mean there are Freepers that actually like Geraldo?
6 posted on 09/18/2005 4:15:52 PM PDT by Tim Long (I'M CREEPING DEATH!!!)
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To: infoguy
Hunter Thompson--no hero of mine--once called the mainstream press a gang of "cruel fagots." Later he wrote that the establishment media was a "catch-all for misfits and f***-ups." The American media are no longer chroniclers of daily history. Instead, its seems each reporter and editor puts the public advancement of his own opinions ahead of serious news gathering. The problem is that none has his "own opinion" but instead parrots the prevailing line from the New York Times. No amount of criticism or public backlash seems to faze them. Instead they exist to flatter and impress each other, like a convention of delusionals whacking each other off every day.
7 posted on 09/18/2005 4:19:12 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Tim Long

Whoraldo's histrionics, pretending to be knocked down by the wind during prior hurricanes, opening Al Capone's safe, and that Egyptian tomb thing: Why, FoxNews? WHY? He has never quite succeeded in making me forget his being akin to Jerry Springer.


8 posted on 09/18/2005 4:35:12 PM PDT by kcar (The UN sucks, but a runaway federal government's not much better)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sounds like ol Hunter was describing the US Senate.


9 posted on 09/18/2005 4:44:08 PM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: csmusaret

Yeah, it works for them too.


10 posted on 09/18/2005 4:50:47 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Tim Long
"Seeing him descend bright-eyed and sweaty on wretched New Orleans, as he did in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, was like watching a vulture on crystal meth. The word that came to mind was not 'reporting,' but 'feeding.'"

Absolutely spot-on! :) Very eloquently stated. I tried to watch some of his stuff and it was just too unbearable.

It's a shame individuals feel the need to defend him just because he's whoring for FauX News. It may do SOME things right; but definitely not ALL things.

11 posted on 09/18/2005 4:51:22 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: infoguy

"Vulture on Crystal Meth"

The perfect description for ALL the media in the NO area - you can add FOX in there as well - their reporters come from the same DUMBED-DOWN school as all the rest.


12 posted on 09/18/2005 5:24:30 PM PDT by hombre_sincero (www.sigmaitsys.com)
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To: infoguy

Geraldo is worthless - I'm sad that Fox pays him for his antics.


13 posted on 09/18/2005 5:31:51 PM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: maineman
What about his little buddy Shep
14 posted on 09/18/2005 5:32:14 PM PDT by dts32041 ( Robin Hood, stealing from the government and giving back to tax payer. Where is he today?)
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To: radar101
There is nothing obvious about Whorealdo insisting that the perceived delay was due to racism.

It's a despicable thing to say and totally untrue.

Whorealdo can go straight to hell.

15 posted on 09/18/2005 5:37:59 PM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: dts32041

Only Jerry knows for sure.


16 posted on 09/18/2005 6:04:46 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: All

My problem with Geraldo and a lot of the other reporters throughout this disaster is that they were all caught up in making an emotional, dramatic story, but they didn't step back long enough to make it factual.

They showed all the drama of things like the civic center, and just aired it immediately, without checking for facts and finding out why these people were there without food and water being delivered in the city. Look how much longer it took us to find out the basic truth that the Red Cross was being kept out of the city. And then, look how long it took us to find out that it wasn't FEMA, as was first reported, but the state that was keeping the Red Cross out.

Geraldo acted like an actor in his own reality series instead of a reporter. He gave us a story, just a story.
We have had to be our own reporters throughout this disaster to find out the facts.


17 posted on 09/18/2005 6:18:42 PM PDT by Elyse
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To: infoguy
"Seeing [Geraldo] descend bright-eyed and sweaty on wretched New Orleans, as he did in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, was like watching a vulture on crystal meth."

So he was his normal self, yes?

18 posted on 09/18/2005 6:21:43 PM PDT by RichInOC ("The coffee is strong at Cafe du Monde, the doughnuts are too hot to touch..." Save the Big Greasy!)
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To: infoguy

A vulture? Is he speaking of Geraldo or Michael Moore?


19 posted on 09/18/2005 6:38:16 PM PDT by manwiththehands (Mohammadamadingdong)
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To: solitas

Like Greta Van Sustren...


20 posted on 09/18/2005 7:03:53 PM PDT by Tim Long (I'M CREEPING DEATH!!!)
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To: infoguy

Well...I'm still having a hard time forgiving Geraldo for what he did in Iraq in 2003 when he drew that map in the sand showing the plans and location of the 101st. My cousin's only son was with the 101st at the time that happened. I'm surprised Geraldo made it out in one piece after that.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/31/sprj.irq.rivera/
(sorry it's a CNN clip)


21 posted on 09/18/2005 7:04:32 PM PDT by Translates
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To: Tim Long
You mean there are Freepers that actually like Geraldo?

I'm in shock too.

22 posted on 09/18/2005 7:06:42 PM PDT by SpringheelJack
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To: infoguy
Geraldo is a media whore... he would be bashing Bush on CNN if they paid him one penny more than FOX. He gladly assumed Monica's position in 1998.
23 posted on 09/18/2005 7:09:06 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SpringheelJack

Also in shock, to think that anyone on this forum, would have anything nice to say about, Geraldo "The Fake". Instant channel change when they even mention he is coming up.


24 posted on 09/18/2005 7:16:02 PM PDT by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: Tim Long

I like him... I know what he is... but I like him.


25 posted on 09/18/2005 7:19:40 PM PDT by carton253 (It's better to have a gun and not need it than not have a gun and need it.)
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To: Tim Long
Like Greta Van Sustren...
you mean: Gerta Von Scientologist.
26 posted on 09/18/2005 7:21:01 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: Elyse
We have had to be our own reporters throughout this disaster to find out the facts.

"FauxNews: we report; you decide [that you can't believe half of what we dramatize]."

27 posted on 09/18/2005 7:23:35 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: infoguy
Sadly, when we consider Rupert Murdoch's ceaseless schemes for global domination and the venal blood lust that pulses through Fox News

Pretty funny stuff when you consider how Murdouch is now backing Hillary Clinton for PResident.

28 posted on 09/18/2005 7:26:44 PM PDT by montag813
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To: kcar
Whoraldo's histrionics, pretending to be knocked down by the wind during prior hurricanes, opening Al Capone's safe, and that Egyptian tomb thing: Why, FoxNews? WHY? He has never quite succeeded in making me forget his being akin to Jerry Springer.

None of the MSM, including Fox News, has learned that we want the straight skinny, without the biases and without the hype. Unfortunately, FOX has still not learned that! While I view their channel as the least biased, I do NOT consider it free from hype. Quite apparently, FOX thinks that if Jerry Rivers and Mr Smith cry while reporting details about a storm that I will be more likely to continue to watch their coverage! WRONG!!!!!

All of the MSM, including FOX, was guilty IMHO of hyping the New Orleans flooding but horribly failed to report the facts as they were happening. Why did the governor refuse to allow relief and rescue workers to enter the scene? Why did the mayor not cart off all carcasses prior to the flooding? Remember the unused busses? Why was the emergency evacuation plan not adhered to? Why did a large number of people stay in the city? Why was there looting? Why did the New Orleans cops participate in that looting? Are those same cops still on the payroll after they were found looting a Walmart? These are the things that both criers should be reporting, not the hype to make me want to watch their network!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29 posted on 09/18/2005 7:41:01 PM PDT by eeriegeno
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To: eeriegeno

Obviously Geraldo loves the limelight, but you can't question the mans absolute passion for the news, when I watch him on Fox, I always love knowing that the man is dedicated to the hunt for news and seems to have fun doing so.


30 posted on 09/19/2005 8:54:06 AM PDT by Pop Fly
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To: infoguy

Coming up on the next Geraldo: Huey Long's vaults.


31 posted on 09/19/2005 8:56:36 AM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: N. Theknow

Geraldo earned a lot of my respect with his tour in New Orleans. It was an especially emotional time for everyone, and he really portrayed that in his reports.


32 posted on 09/19/2005 3:12:47 PM PDT by yankeedoodledandy
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; Timesink; VPMWife78; Gracey; Alamo-Girl; RottiBiz; FoxGirl; Mr. Bob; xflisa; ...
FoxFan ping! (sorry if this was pinged to you twice... slow computer/slow FR problems)

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my FoxFan list. *Warning: This can be a high-volume ping list at times.

33 posted on 09/20/2005 9:17:19 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: infoguy

At least Geraldo got over it. Anderson Cooper is still down there milking it. He just can't seem to let go and move on with the recovery process.


34 posted on 09/20/2005 9:22:08 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


35 posted on 09/20/2005 9:36:50 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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