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J$P Video! An emotional plea from Geraldo and an outraged Shep Smith.

From Hannity & Colmes, September 2 2005:

Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera plead for the people at the New Orleans Convention Center [QuickTime video; allow file time to load]:


posted: Fri - September 2, 2005 at 09:42 PM       j$p  send 
Ira Johnny: I was going to e-mail you if you didn't post this segment. It was one of the most emotional moments I have ever seen on TV.
 
For those too young to know, "Willowbrook" was a facility for troubled teenagers in Staten Island with deplorable conditions that was exposed by a very young investigative reporter named Geraldo Rivera on WABC-TV in New York in the early 1970s.
September 2, 2005, 10:41:28 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Hairy
Geraldo was in tears when he found nothing in Al Capone's vault. Anything will make him emotional.
September 2, 2005, 10:48:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Geez, Hairy, do you just make stuff up as you go along? You should be an honorary newshound--you have picked up their flair for inventing facts.
September 2, 2005, 10:50:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Guest
There is lots of work to be done folks. Stop pointing the finger everyone needs to get to work. People who need moment of lime light are again at it. Using this tradgy to stroke their egos. Instead of talking start doing. Instead of accusing start moving. Under the conditions, government is doing the best that they can to deal with what mother nature has put upon our laps.
September 3, 2005, 12:17:42 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Guest
kudos to those journalists for bearing witness to this atrocity.
September 3, 2005, 12:37:12 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Guest
I've never seen a situation so desperate that the observing field reporters can't control their own emotions. And its not just one; there are two reporters, both witnessing the same thing, and both of them are completely distressed.
September 3, 2005, 3:32:20 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Ira
Johnny: I just learned something:
 
"Hairy" is actually "AA" on another popular cable TV blog.
 
There couldn't be two different people on the internet who could make the same irrelevant, assinine comment about Geraldo and Al Capone's vault!
September 3, 2005, 9:21:25 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Mike
"Geraldo was in tears when he found nothing in Al Capone's vault."
 
I watched that show and Geraldo, walking into the empty "vault" said calmly, smiling, something to the effect that "well ther's nothing here - good night folks."
 
Since it was in the last five minutes of the hour-long show, I suspect he knew all along that nothing was going to be there.
 
Hairy probably was still in diapers then.
September 3, 2005, 2:15:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
The haters think if they can make up stuff about Fox now and get away with it, they can lie about what happened decades ago as well.
 
It's amazing. Over at the kennel, the hounds are spinning some tale of Fox minimizing the impact of the hurricane. Of course, they have yet to even mention last night's reports from Shep and Geraldo, which are otherwise the talk of the 'net. (Their first line of attack--that Fox was overhyping the impact--was reversed and abandoned within 24 hours!)
 
Some other guy posts a supposed commentary from Neil Cavuto and completely rewrites it in the most implausible, preposterous fashion possible. And in true hound fashion, then puts quotation marks around his fiction!
 
Meanwhile, the Washington Post says Fox's reporting is "by far the best". At least the Post, which has never been a Fox Fan, doesn't deny what has become obvious, and doesn't lie to try to prove a falsehood.
September 3, 2005, 2:35:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ira
Johnny: Last night, Greta (or maybe her producer) showed a brief clip of a woman sitting outside the Astrodome criticizing President Bush.  
 
And this morning, Neil Cavuto cut off a woman at the same location who wanted to vent at the Democratic new Orleans Mayor.
 
Bet the Newshounds did not comolain about either.
September 3, 2005, 3:18:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply


anon
ya'll are a bunch of whiners. GET A LIFE!
September 3, 2005, 3:22:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Ira, it will be fascinating to see what miniscule slices the hounds will cherrypick for the next few days.
September 3, 2005, 3:35:06 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Guest
Wow hairy, you posted that same comment somewhere else, didn't you?
 
Geraldo IS a bit on the dramatic side for me, but this was a story that needed to be told. Shep Smith's coverage has been absolutely incredible this whole week, and a lot of those people in New Orleans who finally ended up getting the relief they so desperately needed might still be stuck there were it not for FOX's coverage. They stayed when the other networks ran for the hills.
September 3, 2005, 6:32:04 PM EDT – Like – Reply


OverHere
Man alive, I am not awake tonight. That last post was me. *waves*
September 3, 2005, 6:33:02 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Rick Sapienza
I read some of your comments. Come on guys and girls. Some of you are in denial, and that is not a river in Egypt. This is a tragedy. The government is not doing the best it can. They are attrociosly unacceptable. It is not just N.O. it is the whole Gulf Coast. We as a nation should be ashamed. It is a shame that these citizens of the U.S. are going through this. Every body wake up. Please, we have one of the worst Presidents ever. Do you think if Bill, or George H. W. Bush, or if Ronnie Reagan was President this would have gotten this bad? It would have not. THINK ALL OF YOU.
September 4, 2005, 3:29:12 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Deb
If we could be on the ground after the Tsunami in 2 days, invade a country in a week, why can't we get water and food to our own people in our own country? We should have been in there in a day! If we took the money for the Iraq war and put it into the levees we wouldn't be in this mess. If we didn't have 30,000 wounded soldiers to pay for we wouldn't be in this mess. If our troops were here, ( many of the national guard in Iraq are from Mississippi), we wouldn't be in this mess.  
 
It's a sad day in America when Americans are dying on the streets of a major city from hunger! So glad we liberated Iraq (though women's rights in Iraq are declining under the new government!). Now.. who'll liberate us and keep the government from blocking people off from FOOD and WATER?  
 
You know many of our founding fathers linked patriotism with desent and encouraged us to question and challenge our government when it is wrong. Shame on you sheep you think patriotism is following blindly along. How many people have to die before you wake up?
 
We do not deserve God's blessings here anymore. Perhaps he will save us from ourselves?
 
God SAVE America.
 
Deb
September 4, 2005, 12:38:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ira
Rick and Deb: While you conveniently used this website to vent against President Bush, the subject of this thread relates to one specific segment of the Fox News Channel coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
 
Deb: And besides being in the wrong place at the wrong time, your post is filled with the usual misstatements about Iraq, money, etc. that again, IMO, are probably not appropriate to discuss here.
September 4, 2005, 1:19:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Deb
Ira:
 
If the thread was solely for this broadcast please scold the folks posting about Capone's vault and Willowbrook. We were responding to the person who said the government is doing the best it can. Scold that person too, would ya'?  
 
And I didn't make any misstatements about Iraq. I can back my statements up. Can you back your disregard of them up?
 
Regarding women in Iraq see:
 
http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-dasgupta151004.htm
 
Many more here:
 
http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-dasgupta151004.htm
 
The number of wounded is common knowledge. The national guard from MS, well I live in MS and I know how many kids from my county and the counties near the Gulfport area are there. Many of them grew up with my daugther.
 
Twiddle all you like but remember why you defend this government beating hearts are stopping every single day. Here and abroad!
September 4, 2005, 4:03:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply


OverHere
Deb, my boyfriend was one of those killed in Iraq, you don't need to remind me about anything. He was not, however, a "kid" as you are always so fond of calling him.
 
The food and water was not there within a day because just about everyone dropped the ball on the evacuation and rescue plans that were in place. Exactly who is to blame on that is yet to be determined but undoubtedly there will be much blame to go around.
September 4, 2005, 11:01:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Deb
Very sorry about your boyfriend. I can only imagine how awful that is.
 
Many of the men/women serving are my daughters age. That makes them kids to me.
 
I agree there will be much blame to go around and I hope everyone involved gets nailed. I have friends there opening their houses, no water, running out of food. I have one still in the quarter even today. It's very sad.
September 5, 2005, 9:31:22 AM EDT – Like – Reply


hengfa
what's with editing this clip.
 
now you can't see Shep stuff Sean.
September 5, 2005, 4:44:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
There's a lot you don't see in this clip because it is just the highlights from Shep and Geraldo. It's not the entire segment. We have never posted video of any segments in their entirety, partly for reasons of space limitations, partly for legal reasons.
 
Let me also add that the purpose of this clip is not for the fun of watching anchormen by-play. I've posted stuff in the past where people get mad and insult the anchor, and there's always an interest in that. But in a time of emergency, the focus is Shep and Geraldo's very important reporting on the crisis. I wanted to give this information further exposure and I think that purpose was served.
 
There are lots of times to chortle over on-air antics, but this was not one of them.
September 5, 2005, 4:55:28 PM EDT – Like – Reply


jim
hey
September 7, 2005, 11:33:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply


chris
Johnny- why did you edit/not post hannity/sheps little exchange??
 
hannity wanting to get perspective" on the situation. "This is perspective," Smith shouted, losing his cool once and for all. "This is all the perspective you need!"
September 9, 2005, 4:28:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Chris, you might find the answer to your question one or two comments above the one you just posted.
September 9, 2005, 4:54:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply


chris
ok thanks-didnt read every comment before posting mine
September 9, 2005, 4:57:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply


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September 9, 2005, 6:19:58 PM EDT – Like

Guest
The time to play the blame game is now! Not six months from now when this is off the pages of the news. If it was a Democrat in the White House, it would have been called accountability.
September 13, 2005, 8:58:52 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Lex
Didn't the government ORDER EVACUATION of the areas hit, BEFORE the hurricane, ESPECIALLY NEW ORLEANS, and used NATIONAL GUARDS TROOPS TO EVACUATE THEM, ONLY TO BE MET BY RESISTACE TO EVACUATION, our NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS BEING MET BY GUNFIRE DIERCTED AT THEM from those REFUSING TO EVACUATE? But NOW they wanted help!Why the hell didn't Geraldo CHARTER BUSES or AIRPLANES  
( He could EASILY AFFORD IT!)to evacuate these people to HIS MANSION, if he cared so much? EVERYONE BLAMES BUSH, but BUSH DOES NOT OPERATE FEMA, and FIRED FEMA'S DIRECTOR over this. What the hell MORE do you people want? Christians are DOING THEIR VERY BEST, WITH the government to HELP these people still TODAY, and HALF THE MONEY DONATED has NOT BEEN GIVEN to these people in desperate need. Fema DID issue MONEY cards to pay for these people to go ELSEWHERE to stay, but they SPENT THE MONEY GIVEN THEM BY FEMA on STRIP BARS and BEER JOINTS. Sounds like NONE of THOSE people WANTED help until it was TOO LATE! The Astrodome has SHOWERS AND TOILETS, for ATHLETES AND THE PUBLIC. Couldn't THOSE FACILITIES HAVE BEEN USED? DON'T CRY CROCODILE TEARS and expect ME to believe YOU!
December 28, 2005, 3:49:36 PM EST – Like – Reply


Guest
i agree 100% with the other comment
February 24, 2006, 10:05:53 AM EST – Like – Reply


Charles R. Sears II.
I know it is months later,however I have just reviewed the clip of Geraldo and Shepard and it is dramatic and very real.I remember emailing Shepard Smith about what he personally was doing/had done to help get people out,take food,water in when he and his crew went in to film the segments.I never recieved a reply.I would hope like one of the commentors mentioned that Geraldo and Shepard aided those that they could in some small way and not have just used them for propaganda/ratings purposes,and actually helped in the day to day functions of their jobs.I too blame our sitting President and the war in Iraq for the slow reaction to forthcoming aid,and I add the poverty of the people to be rescued as a deterent.The government doesn't care about poor,senior,disabled,black members of society.I feel it considers all of us disposable.I live in San Francisco and we have been told to be prepared to be on our own for up to 4 days if there is an emergency such as an earthquake,and to have supplies on hand for all family members,but what if you are trapped in your apartment like in New Orleans?With the war in Iraq all of our heavy equipment and most of our manpower is otherwise occupied,that is what happened in Hurricane Katrina,plus a FEMA that failed.Yes,New Orleans was ordered evacuated a day before,but buses were not utilized and it was was not done soon enough.I too blame the residents for not paying attention to the news and leaving on their own,having a plan,etc.More of them should have left,gone to more hotels[that should have been opened to them as evacuation centers,schools].I hope from this event comes a lesson for the people of the Gulf Coast and the governments of the states involved and our US government.Thanks.
June 20, 2007, 4:38:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply