As Caleb pointed out earlier, Fox News executives are probably popping a lot of antacids tonight, after Geraldo Rivera gave a truly cringeworthy defense of Matt Lauer.
If you missed it, here is the man’s insane defense of what is absolutely indefensible behavior, on the part of Lauer.
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
I mean, seriously, he would get women into his office, lock the door with a button he kept under his desk, and in at least one case, dropped his pants and expected to be “serviced” right there.
That’s not “flirty,” you twisted old fruit. That’s criminal harassment.
Given Geraldo’s comments, some have suggested that he’s acting like a man who might have a few skeletons in his own closet.
Maybe he does.
Someone thought to present this old Barbara Walters interview clip, where Bette Midler told of an incident involving a hot young reporter, Geraldo Rivera, and his producer, back in the 70s.
Since @GeraldoRivera has taken it upon himself to cast doubt on the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations, here's a clip of Bette Midler in 2001 talking about being assaulted by him. pic.twitter.com/ISXld0ZXCJ
— Julian Routh (@julianrouth) November 29, 2017
Would this one incident be enough to sink him? Will more come forward?
It’s hard to say, but given the events of the last few weeks, no one should be surprised if they do.