March 28, 2013 |
CUE THE lightning bolts, let the high-octane music raise your heart rate and butter the popcorn, because we're about to speculate on a battle of epic proportions, a potential U.S. Senate race more explosive than Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, right here in the Garden State. In one corner, there's Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a social-media superman who might pay your monthly cable bill if you asked him to, that rare elected official who hasn't been burned by fame's fire yet. If you don't see Cory Booker on television right now, that's because he's probably standing behind you, smiling.
April 7, 2007 |
TBill and Geraldo's borderline personalities wo gents and a mike . . . . . . can be truly frightening. Especially when the gents in question are Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera, who went to town on each other Thursday night during Fox News Channel's forum of Socratic inquiry and Platonic harmony, The O'Reilly Factor. The topic was illegal immigration, with Bill accusing Geraldo of favoring "open-border anarchy," and Geraldo saying Bill and other conservatives were engaging in a "massive witch-hunt" against immigrants.
January 3, 2002 |
SLOWLY BUT surely, America is learning to laugh again. Thank you, Geraldo. And thank you, Fox News, for sending him to Afghanistan. Let's admit it. Ever since the Taliban crumbled and the bombing slacked off, television coverage of the war on terrorism has been grindingly monotonous. Lucky for us, Geraldo Rivera is on the scene. Fox lured the mustached dandy away from CNBC with the irresistible promise of a pay cut and a chance to be shot at during a live broadcast. Upon arriving in the war zone, Geraldo breathlessly announced that he'd be carrying a gun at all times and that he personally would plug Osama bin Laden if the opportunity presented himself.
December 12, 2001 |
A few weeks ago, the Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly branded Geraldo Rivera a liberal sympathizer. Monday, O'Reilly gave Rivera a passing grade for his coverage from Afghanistan. "I think he's doing all right," O'Reilly said. Rivera recently gave up his prime-time CNBC talk show - and a couple of million dollars - to go cover the war in Afghanistan for the Fox News Channel. For Rivera, a controversial personality, that meant joining a network that appeals to conservative-leaning viewers.
June 18, 1999 |
It's not hard to find NBC's $5 million man, Geraldo Rivera, on television. You just have to know where to look. Try the Today show, where Rivera's action-packed reports on the Kosovo Liberation Army first aired this month. But don't try the NBC Nightly News, where a Rivera report has never been shown. Try prime time Sunday, when Rivera's documentary, Drug Bust, The Longest War, airs at 8 p.m. But don't try Dateline NBC, where Rivera believes he's not welcome. Better yet, try cable, where MSNBC repeatedly ran the Kosovo reports.
August 24, 1998 |
So first Geraldo Rivera tells TV Guide that he wants NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's job. Then he blabs to Playboy, in very graphic terms, about the Women He Loves. (ABC's Barbara Walters and CNN's Christiane Amanpour, among them.) Meanwhile, he's earning his highest ratings ever on CNBC's Rivera Live, which grabbed 1.3 million viewers Wednesday night. And he's gaining new legitimacy. Rivera was the first to report that "human genetic material" had been found on Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress, more than two weeks before the big broadcast networks reported it. So, now that he's simultaneously cresting and bottoming out, we ask: Can the world stand any more Geraldo?
April 27, 1998 |
Most of his exhibitionistic, pugilistic talk-show guests hadn't even been born, but in 1974, Cincinnati Councilman Jerry Springer was almost brought down by a former massage-parlor employee named "Marsha," who will tell the then widely reported story on tonight's Inside Edition. "She never writes, she never calls," Springer quipped when told of the ex-masseuse's TV appearance. In December 1973, Springer drove from Cincy to the Leisure Health Club in Fort Wright, Ky., to avail himself of "Marsha's" services, for which he paid her with a personal check for $25. She contends that she asked him what his wife would say, and he replied that he'd tell her it was for "paper work.
July 1, 1997 |
"I do not endorse adultery; I love my fiancee. We will be married September 6, and I only have eyes for her. " - Larry King, oft-married, but apparently no cheater. New York millionaire playboy/shipping heir Taki Theodoracopulos had best keep jet-setting for the next few weeks lest he run the risk of facing a serious beat-down from Geraldo Rivera. In a column written for a British mag about the Big Apple's Puerto Rican Day Parade Taki branded PRs as "ugly," "dirty," and "semi-savage" and asserted that "there has never been a single contribution by a Puerto Rican outside of receiving American welfare.
May 21, 1996 |
Who'd have guessed? Turns out Geraldo Rivera is not so easy to live with. So says Mrs. Rivera, who should know. Geraldo's wife - actual name, C.C. Dyer - goes on the "Geraldo" show tomorrow and gives her hubby an earful. Among the topics thoroughly vented by Geraldo's fourth wife: Geraldo's a fibber: "He loves confronting the bad guys, but when it comes to his wife or ex-wife, or his many ex-wives, he'll say, 'Oh, I went to Elaine's for dinner with Kato Kaelin.
January 5, 1996 |
Who'd have imagined "Celebrity Good Deeds" would become a regular feature in the Tattle column? Today, we salute TV actor Mark Harmon, for rescuing two teens from a burning car outside his Brentwood home. The car crashed through a fence and into a tree near chez Harmon Wednesday night. Hearing the noise, our hero reportedly dashed outside, smashed the car windows and pulled the boys to safety, all before the cops arrived. "He was there almost immediately. These boys certainly owe their lives to the quick and selfless action of Mr. Harmon," a spokesman for the L.A. Fire Department said.