Geraldo booted? Not booted? We report. You decide.

Geraldo booted? Not booted? We report. You decide.
: I had an item less than an hour ago on my news warlog reporting that Geraldo Rivera was being booted from Iraq for revealing sensitive information on the air.

But Geraldo just appeared — live — on FoxNews with a bunch of Marines in a conquered Ba’ath party HQ 60 miles from Baghdad. Even on the pixelated video, you could see Geraldo’s gigantic grin. Nothing wrong here.

At the end of the report, anchor David Assman asked Geraldo about the rumors.

Geraldo said he’d heard nothing.

“It sounds like some rats at my former network, NBC, are spreading some lies about me,” he said. “They can’t compete fair and square o nthe battlefield, so they try to stab me in the back… MSNBC is such a pathetic cable news network that they’ll do anything they can to get attention.”

Geraldo has been singing the praises of our boys on the front. It’s hard to imagine the sin he’d have to commit to get kicked out.

At the end of the report, he turns to the soldiers and says, “I think these guys are pretty happy to see me.” They say, yes, sir. And Geraldo concludes: “I intend to march into Baghdad right beside them.”

If he can’t get Osama, maybe he’ll get Saddam.

: Update: More late-breaking Geraldo news. Drudge is posting new links every minute. Now Reuters and AFP say that Geraldo is getting the boot.

: On the other hand, there’s Peter Arnett. I finally read the transcript of what he said on Iraqi TV. Dope. He never realized that he was a tool. Arnett was always braver than he was bright. It was kinda sad seeing him practically in tears as he saw his career smouldering like a Ba’ath headquarters, but he did it to himself. Dope.

  • http://mattwelch.com/warblog.html Matt Welch

    “Arnett was always braver than he was bright.” — very well said. Did you read his biography? For a man who has had such a fascinating life in journalism, there is no reflection, no good writing, no … interest. I can’t remember a more excruciating journalist book.

  • Julesagain

    The update to this is that some of those soldiers who shook Jerry (a.k.a. Geraldo Rivera) Rivers’ hand had first put those hands in an unmentionable place.
    And I never was particularly impressed with Arnett, we mostly had television shots of his large behind as he huddled behind the apparently bomb-proof curtains in his hotel room, and giving pandering “interviews” with Iraqi oversight. How courageous is that?