L.A. Times Media critic Tim Rutten's commentary, "It's hard to feel bad for Geraldo," highlighted his venomous bias and hatred for Fox News, while minimizing New York Times TV critic, Alesandra Stanley's lie about Fox reporter, Geraldo Rivera's coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster alleging that Gerlado "nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the way so his camera crew could tape him as he helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety."
What Rutten failed to say was that anyone who saw the film of Geraldo would undoubtedly conclude that he helped another good citizen bring the wheelchair-bound elderly woman down a set of narrow stairs. Air Force rescue workers were at the bottom of the stairs, but there was no nudging or grandstanding on Geraldo's part.
Geraldo is well known for letting his emotions and actions run free while reporting stories, particularly when he lost it while pleading for and demanding help for Katrina victims at the New Orleans football stadium. But that was a welcome change from other reporters' and celebrities' posturing, posing and repetitive lip service. Indeed, at least Geraldo took action, got his hands dirty, and got results.
Rutten's real motive was obvious when he spewed his anger in the first paragraphs revealing his contempt for "Rupert Murdoch's ceaseless schemes for global domination and the venal blood lust that pulses through Fox News," which he asserted, explains the "inexplicable" Geraldo as "simply inexcusable." Please, considering the venal blood lust pulsing through the L.A. Times, that is simply hypocritical.
Elswhere in the Times (Business section) there is news that DreamWorks executive, David Geffen is interested in buying the Los Angeles Times. That's a good idea. Better yet, Rupert Murdoch should either buy the Times or start up a competetive newspaper to serve Southern California. As Fox News has proven, Fair and balanced news is what most of us are looking for.
Note: On September 18, 2005 Bill O'Reilly at Fox News was alerted about Tim Rutten's scathing article. O'Reilly used Rutten's opening paragraph in his Most Ridiculous Item of the Day segment on The O'Reilly Factor, September 19, 2005.
Daniel B. Jeffs