Today when journalists are getting labeled as “fake news” providers and journalism identified as the abomination of American society, we celebrate one of the pioneers of truly fake news and sensational journalism, Geraldo Rivera, on his birthday.
The current Fox Network roving reporter wasn’t always bombastic and offering such pithy comments as:
“Well one of my favorite things in the 16 years I’ve been here at Fox News is watching bombs drop on bad guys.”
Rivera was born in 1943 in Brooklyn to a Jewish mother and Puerto Rican father. His first career was actually as a lawyer representing Puerto Rican activists in New York City. He caught the news bug when he was interviewed on TV about one of his clients. Rivera started his 45-year journalism career as a local reporter at WABC-TV.
His talent was soon evident and was offered the opportunity to become an original cast member of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The talented and ambitious Latino journalist moved on to producing and hosting “The Geraldo Rivera Show” for 11 years, soon making a name for himself and not in a good way. Everyone remembers the ‘Mystery of Al Capone Vaults’ where 30 million viewers turned into see the overly hyped mystery that didn’t deliver thanks to Rivera.
The good news is he was one of a rare few Latino journalists on TV let alone one with their own news show. The bad news is this historic opportunity was squandered – for God Sakes the Pentagon booted him in 2003 from the frontline for divulging troop positions. As a result of Rivera’s addiction to sensational journalism he found a home at Fox News in 2001 and where he can be found today, doing special reporting as a war correspondent and occasionally serving as guest contributor on several Fox network shows.
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