Friday, September 12, 2008

First To Fall Over When The Atmosphere Is Less Than Perfect

I'm watching the Fox News coverage of Hurricane Ike and cannot believe the absurdity that is Geraldo Rivera. This bonehead has been standing on the Galveston Seawall for the last five hours or so and hasn't uttered a single coherent sentence.

Rivera's out there in 120 mph winds shouting his typical nonsense and non sequiturs into a microphone that cuts out every ten seconds or so. In those awkward moments of audio silence the television viewer is treated to the embarrassingly hilarious image of Gerry doing a brilliant Marcel Marceau imitation as he struggles to stand upright while Ike tries to slap him down.

I've always wondered what the point of plopping some foolish reporter out in the middle of an impending disaster like Hurricane Ike was. I think I know why, in this case. It's the proverbial canary in a coalmine situation. When Ike finally picks Geraldo off the seawall and flings him into the Gulf of Mexico all of the other media folks will know it's time to quickly retreat into their hotel bunkers to wait the storm out.

Congratulations to Fox News for finally finding a legitimate use for Geraldo Rivera.

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