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Next to Michelle Malkin, Geraldo Rivera looks liberal

Reported by Chrish - April 14, 2007 -

Far-rightie Michelle Malkin continued to substitute for Bill O'Reilly on the Factor tonight 4/13/07. After a narcissistic Talking Points Memo, she had Geraldo Rivera on for two segments to discuss the Don Imus comments and subsequent firing. Rivera figures that since the women of the Rutgers' basketball team have forgiven Imus, then so should he. With video.

Malkin put forth the premise that because there are coarse elements in our pop culture (specifically rap and hip hop) that too much is being made of the women's hurt feelings and they should be hardened to that kind of language. Rivera corrected her, saying that it was not a general statement made by Imus but a targeted insult aimed at the team and their pain should not be minimized. He hopes that as a result of this episode Al Sharpton and others will follow through with the promised dialog, resulting in self-censorship on the part of the offending (musicians and entertainers).

Malkin asked if Rivera bought the line (that she says is) coming from musicians and producers that it is the marketers, the white music-industry executives who should be held responsible.
(From her scornful tone it is obvious that she is not buying it.) Rivera said he has no patience or sympathy for anyone making those claims, and they have to know what they're doing: demeaning the popular culture, low-balling, doing trash tv/music. He said

"they have to understand that, recognize that...if they still want to cash in on 'who's the baby's daddy TV,' that's fine! But they have to understand what it is you're doing, and don't take the noble high road, that you're some kind of champion of human dignity and rights - it's not so.

He could have been talking directly to Bill O'Reilly, who Rivera feels (strongly) exploited the deaths of the two Virginia teenagers to get on his high horse about illegal immigration.

In the second segment Rivera opined that Don Imus can and probably will return to the airwaves. He cited Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's careers continuing after each of their media moments, and even pointed to himself, saying "I opened Al Capone's tomb!"

Rivera shocked Malkin by saying "Al Sharpton, I think, is a great man. I believe that he's been minimized by the mainstream culture in a way that is undeserved. I think Al Sharpton may come to be regarded as the greatest civil rights leader of the late 20th, early 21st centuries. That's how big I think he could be." He reminded her that Barack Obama is not the first black man to run for president; Jesse Jackson won 5 Democratic primaries in 1984, until his "moment" destroyed his candidacy. Sharpton will forever be associated with Brawley, Jackson with "Hymietown," and Imus with Rutgers.

He thinks it's regrettable that their careers did not rise to the heights they might have achieved because of their lapses - I wonder if he includes himself in that thought?

They discussed the impact of the Internet and specifically YouTube, and Rivera made tha analogy that radio used to be like blowing a smoke-ring: there one moment, gone the next. Now with technology everything is archived and replayed and will live forever (as video of him and O'Reilly angrily jabbing at each other played). It's like deleting emails, he said: you can't erase emails, they're there forever.

Malkin said that some in the industry are feeling a little nervous (GOOD!), but she thinks they should suck it up, they've been under scrutiny even before the Internet. Rivera corrected her again, saying it (radio) used to be intangible, ethereal, but now it's as fixed as if it's in a book.


Malkin very vaguely tried to associate "left-wing smear sites" as being behind "this" and asked if Imus was a right-wing conservative? Rivera laughed and said "not the guy I know," and told of Imus 1970's admission that he had a vodka and cocaine addiction, wondering where people could get a conservative from the ashes of his earlier life. And as for right-wing, well, "John Kerry's on the show every other day!"

You know you've got a radical right-winger on when Geraldo Rivera comes off as a moderate! Actually after watching this segment and the infamous O'Reilly one, Rivera may be going for some redemption himself.