Fox News Condemns Geraldo’s Controversial Matt Lauer Tweetstorm: ‘Troubled By His Comments’
Geraldo Rivera took some time out today to have a nuanced and frank discussion regarding the allegations levied against Matt Lauer.
Just kidding. He barfed out a bunch of garbage tweets from which the entire Internet exploded.
Rivera started by defending the former NBC anchor, who is alleged to have installed a button to lock unwitting women in his office, because “news is a flirty business,” or as he so eloquently later put it, “a flirty biz.”
It only devolved from there, with Rivera suggesting that he “heard” that women in media were discussing switching morning shows to an “all-female format,” bravely denouncing this idea that nobody actually had as “unacceptably retro.”
There are some other tweets, including a standout explanation of what constitutes sexual harassment, but you get the gist. The takes were hotter than a fart in July. They were so hot, as a matter of fact, that Rivera’s employer, Fox News, was forced to issue a statement, clarifying that Rivera is his own man, and his opinions do not represent those of the network.
Fox News Statement on @GeraldoRivera‘s tweets:
“Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.” https://t.co/Q1z3Lkyo0P
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) November 30, 2017
The network said, in so many words, that Rivera should look forward to a stern talking to from the top brass.
“Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.”
Fox News is right to right to come down on Rivera here. After all, it’s not as if they can afford to throw stones, with their house being made of glass and all. Who in their right mind would do that?
UPDATE 10:20 p.m. ET — Geraldo has apologized.
Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear
I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem
long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming
to them-Often victims are too frightened to come
forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 30, 2017
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