Fox News is distancing itself from Geraldo Rivera, one of its high profile correspondents.
Rivera got on Twitter and gave his opinion on the firing of Matt Lauer, sexual harassment and even came up with suggestions on when women should come forward and speak out on being sexually harassed.
Let me warn you, what Rivera has to say is going to make you angry, especially if you are a woman. Believe me, I have steam coming out my ears.
The 70-year-old called Matt Lauer, the fired Today Show anchorman a, “great guy, highly skilled…real gentleman to my family and me.” Lauer has been accused of sexually harassing several women.
I’m not sure what that has to do with sexual harassment. Rivera went on say, “News is a flirty business…”
Wait is that suppose to justify sexual harassment in the workplace?
River then gave his definition of sexual harassment, making it sound like some accusers may be taking out some kind of revenge on former bosses or ex-husband or boyfriend.
“Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s.” tweeted Rivera.
When women on Twitter suggested an all female morning show Rivera said “unacceptably retro.”
There you go another man telling us what we can and cannot do.
Things got worse when Rivera decided to tell women when we should come forward if we have been sexually harassed.
He even came up with guidelines.
Once again he called the news business “flirty.”
As a journalist for more than three decades I am insulted by this comment. I insulted by all of his tweets.
Do we meet people in this business and marry them? Yes, I did. That does not mean I was “flirty.”
Finally after Rivera was slammed hard on Twitter, he did apologized.
Rivera made journalists look bad, victimized the victims again, and as a Latina also embarrassed my people.
Fox News didn’t like what he had to say on Twitter. In a statement obtained by Deadline Fox stated:
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.