Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera appeared this morning on ABC's The View for a few segments to promote his new book The Geraldo Show.
Rivera, a supporter of President Trump, was asked about the 1960s interview with Stormy Daniels Rivera Published earlier this week Tweets expressing skepticism about Daniels' story. Part of his response to the co-host of The View Sonny Hostin's question contained a general criticism of the TV coverage.
It is a question of looking at CNN, which was the model of virtue in broadcasting news; For her so much attention to a person whose story, when it comes down to it, she had a night with a man who is a broadcast reality show billionaire real estate tycoon, she had one night in the bungalow of the Beverly Hills Hotel. 60 minutes have hyped it, CNN has hyped it as if it were the nuclear code. It was really, I thought, way too big, and they did it because they wanted to turn off the President. So much of the news about the president is being constructed in the most vicious, mean-spirited way.
The View's co-host Joy Behar responded by saying, "Will you tell me that Fox News did not? Monica Lewinsky ?", Whereupon Rivera replied that he was at CNBC and "one of President Clinton's most ardent supporters." Then he praised his current employer and said he was pleased Fox News continues to put him on because he has "progressive ideas."
"I am pro-gun control, pro-choice, pro-immigration reform … the fact that it deceives me is propaganda."  Rivera went on to mention that the people who run mainstream media "do not know the President's point of view."
Behar, who has known Rivera for years, then presented the Fox Newsers tweets in the US in November 2017, supporting a then-recently fired Matt Lauer and what he has described as a "flirty" newsroom culture (he later apologized for the tweet).
Rivera addressed the comments of Lauer, as well as why he felt uncomfortable after Charlie Rose, Bill O'Reilly, the late- Roger Ailes and Tavis Smiley :  "I've spoken and tweeted before I've heard the gravity of the allegations" @GeraldoRivera says about his controversial tweets that defend Matt Lauer. "I should have stopped – just like the president – I had to hold back my numbers until I knew more about the facts." pic.twitter.com/C5CcpF6Poo
– The View (@TheView) March 30, 2018
Rivera held onto a second segment where Behar's Bette Midler In 1991 raised Barbara Walter's interview in which Midler accused Rivera of sexually molesting her in the 1970s. The story became viral in the last year against the backdrop of Rivera's original commentary, which apparently supports Lauer.
Behar asked Rivera to tell his side of the story:
"Bette did this interview in 1991, that's 19 years after we were together, 18 years after we were together – Bette and I were together in 1973. She has Never said anything about our relationship and it was an amicable, adult relationship that lasted for a long time We traveled together We went to Friar's Roast together to portray it as if I was going into an interview and touching them was absolutely wrong But what happened In 1991 I wrote an autobiography in which I told not only Bette, but also many other women with whom I was, to my shame, to my eternal regret Worst thing that ever happened to me, that I hurt myself … and I apologize for writing the book, the interview in which she made this claim is the result of that What I wrote about her. It has come back 27 years after this interview, and how much do I have to pay for writing this book 27 years ago?
The conversation was sometimes controversial, but for Rivera, the appearance in the ABC News program brought back fond memories of his 15-year stay on the network:
– Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 30, 2018