Geraldo Rivera, the hyperbolic field reporter
with the fluffy mustache, is nursing his wounded pride
and considering legal action against the
venerable newspaper The New York Times after that paper's
television critic Alessandra Stanley quipped
about Rivera's reporting from New Orleans.
In a story published in the September 5 edition of the Times, Stanley said that Rivera
"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."
Rivera then called NY Times reporter Alessandra Stanley the "Jayson Blair of the Style section," referring to disgraced NY Times reporter Jayson Blair. Blair was fired after it came to light that he fabricated sources and interviews and plagiarized from other papers.
Rivera went on to say that he was rebuffed by the Times when he asked for a retraction and is now considering legal action.
"In their arrogance, they defy the facts. And when confronted with the evidence, to still defy the truth is really pathetic," Rivera lamented to O'Reilly.