'They're Just Pathetically Righteous Hypocrites'

J$P Instant Transcript! Geraldo explains why he may be suing the New York Times.

From The O'Reilly Factor, September 6 2005:

BILL O'REILLY [FOX NEWS]: The New York Times has traditionally been a journalistic leader in this country. But over the past few years the paper has become a pamphlet for the secular left, and that has tainted its hard news reportage. Yesterday Times columnist Alessandra Stanley, a committed liberal, wrote:
Fox's Geraldo Rivera did his rivals one better. He nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the way so his camera crews could tape him as he helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety.

One problem: it never happened. With us now is Geraldo Rivera. It's so easy to get you or me on what we do and say legitimately. This is what I never understand at this newspaper, OK? I mean, you're a passionate guy, you get emotional about the story, I'm controversial. Get us on what we do. But actually lying, making up, fabricating, as Miss Stanley did, and the tapes prove it, and then Fox News presented the New York Times with the evidence. Still wouldn't retract. What do you make of this?

GERALDO RIVERA [FOX NEWS]: Well first of all I think Alessandra Stanley is the Jayson Blair of the Style section. I think she doesn't care whether it's factual or not. We're out there, we're easily criticized. They have an institutional, ideological mindset. They're kind of the country club of journalism. And if you're not in the club, then you're outside. I always used to say that Bill Moyers--one of their favorites, and I like the guy, he's a good guy, an excellent journalist--that he could urinate on a tree and the New York Times would write, "how elegantly Bill Moyers urinated on the tree". I could get an interview with Jesus Christ returning to earth, and the New York Times would say I was either too soft on him, or too hard on him, too chummy with him. There is the in-crowd, and the out-crowd.

O'REILLY: But this is particularly vicious.

RIVERA: It's not liberalism. It's a cultural snobbery more.

O'REILLY: Maybe, but I think there's more to it than this. Because you've been around for 35 years in this business. This is a tremendously emotional story. People are living and dying.

RIVERA: Oh, it's horrible. It's a nightmare.

O'REILLY: People are living and dying, OK? So you're out there in the middle of this, and you are helping the woman--let's roll the tape. You are helping a woman in a wheelchair, which any reporter would do, all right?

RIVERA: We rescued--

O'REILLY: Any reporter would do this, because you can report and help at the same time.

RIVERA: Here's the Air Force guy. That's Mark Anthony there, he's the minder. So the Air Force guy just asked Mark Anthony if he wanted him to take him the rest of the way. That's Mark Anthony. That's not me. I'm on the upside of the wheelchair. I was never anywhere near--

O'REILLY: We can tell by the tattoo.

RIVERA: We showed them the tape, and that's the guy that, she knows, Mark Anthony is the guy that--

O'REILLY: OK. But here's what I'm trying to get at--

RIVERA: These are retired nuns. I mean, she just lied. I see the tape and it makes me so angry. They're just pathetically righteous hypocrites.

O'REILLY: By writing that about you, with people who didn't see this, you know not everybody, most people watch Fox News but not everybody--

RIVERA: Five times more than read the New York Times.

O'REILLY: --she basically put you in a position where you're exploiting a woman's horror for your own self-aggrandizement. I would think about suing her if I were you.

RIVERA: Oh tomorrow we're sending the legal letter. My attorney, Leo Kaiser III, we drafted it today. And our media relations person asked that we wait until five o'clock to see whether they're going to give us the retraction or the correction. They did not. In their arrogance they defy the facts. The ladies and gentlemen know that the New York Times is a fine newspaper in many regards. I've been shoulder to shoulder with a lot of their war correspondents--

O'REILLY: We all know they have very good talent.

RIVERA: But they are so arrogant that they feel now that their crap doesn't stink, to use my second human waste metaphor tonight. But that's what it is. They have that kind of snobbery that they just don't care. And when confronted with the evidence, to still defy the truth is really pathetic.

O'REILLY: They also try to undermine Fox News and marginalize us any way they can.

RIVERA: But look when your book was number one. You had three number one bestsellers. Did they ever review you?


RIVERA: They never gave you a review. Their writers could write a hack book about anything--Gaelic as spoken in ancient Ireland in 612--and they get a full page review. Because they control the media in the world media center. They have a feeling that they can do anything. And since Jayson Blair, I believe that that building on 43rd street is rife with fiefdoms. I don't believe that there's anyone in charge there. If you're a big reporter with a big byline, like Alessandra Stanley, you can say anything. Your editor's going to be afraid to--but I want people, when they see Alessandra in the cocktail party, I want them to remember what Geraldo said. That that's Jayson Blair in a cocktail dress. That's the Jayson Blair of the Style section.

O'REILLY: Well, there's something extremely wrong over at that New York Times company. One more minute.

RIVERA: Let me just say that Florita and Dusty the dog are doing great. I've gotten hundreds of emails about Florita, one of the women we rescued.

O'REILLY: You saved, right. There's Dusty, right?

RIVERA: She is in--there's Dusty. There's Florita.

O'REILLY: I have to say I thought Dusty was going to poop on you.

RIVERA: But believe me, Dusty did. I wasn't going to report that, but you're an investigative journalist. Dusty pooped--

O'REILLY: She could have got you on that--you're strangling Dusty! And then you couldn't have said anything.

RIVERA: And she's in a shelter run by the 4-H Club in Georgia.

O'REILLY: You did a nice job down there. You're a passionate guy. Some people like it, some people don't. That's OK.

RIVERA: I am what I am.

O'REILLY: Right. But don't lie about us at the New York Times. Don't attack us personally. And every time you do Geraldo and I are going to come to your house, and you don't want that.

RIVERA: We're coming!

posted: Tue - September 6, 2005 at 08:58 PM       j$p  send 

Why are they against us?...the whining never stops.
September 6, 2005, 10:18:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply

So anon, outright lies are ok, as long as they make FOX News look bad. Got it.
*rolls eyes*
September 7, 2005, 8:37:16 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Hahaha, poor anon. So angry at truth.
September 7, 2005, 1:00:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I think Fox is spinning this. The footage they showed isn't the footage in question. At one point, a soldier and an unidentified man were trying to lift a woman in a wheelchair INTO A HELICOPTER (not down steps). Geraldo was offscreen and the camera was on the soldier. Geraldo jumped in and crowded the soldier out of the way, telling him he had her. The soldier stepped off camera and Geraldo helped lift the wheelchair into the copter. It was an obvious attempt to make himself look good on camera.
The soldier was already bent over and getting ready to lift when Geraldo jumped him and crowed him out. It looked like Geraldo was boxing out to get a rebound. My gut reaction to seeing this was, "How ridiculous. Just let the soldier do his job."
September 8, 2005, 3:51:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
From what I understand, the scene you describe was NOT the footage that the NY Times claimed was its basis. I vaguely remember the helicopter shot though and I'll have to check to see if it's still on the tivo....
Tivo checked, footage found. See new article "Rescue Me!".
September 8, 2005, 3:54:50 PM EDT – Like – Reply

I saw the same footage Will saw. It is not the helicopter shot in the montage with the "Rescue Me" article. Was a different woman in a wheelchair, chair was facing to the front of the chopper with the left side to the door. One man lifting from the handles behind chair and one bent over to lift from the footrest. Geraldo pushed the guy lifting the from the footrest out of the way and said "I got this", or something like that. Don't know exactly when it aired but the footage rolled during one of Geraldos reports. Looked bad, was surprised to see O'reilly defending him today.
September 8, 2005, 10:50:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Looked bad? Don't know when it aired? Come on people... you sound like the New York times yourself... everything they report it hearsay, and now here YOU are with more hearsay... "I think I saw that footage too, but I think me and Will are the only two people on the planet to saw it!"
If there was this MAGICAL hidden footage that only the two of you saw, then why has The New York Times not only stated that it was the footage of the woman being brought down the steps and front porch instead of mentioning this HIDDEN footage. I mean if you are reporting on something, don't you think you would mention the correct footage? If the New York Times can't even remember what footage they based the article on, then how the hell can that be considered factual reporting? ITS NOT... it is bloated opinions of a personal potshot due to their dislike for FOX News. And if the report was factual, why did it state that he NUDGED the soldier in footage aired on FOX News, and later the Editor stated that it actually happened off camera.
First of all, The New York Times was not AT the location, so who apparently saw this off camera nudge, shove, push and then reported it back to The New York Times? Come on, you guys are as liberal as they come... lie, cheat, make up stores, fabricate magical hidden footage... whatever it takes to get your view shoved down intelligent people's throats... but ya know what? The intelligent individuals in this country aren't buying your $hit!
So save your breath and go splice together some FOX footage to fabricate another incident that you can then send into The New York Times.
September 15, 2005, 12:08:55 AM EDT – Like – Reply