Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera was promised a “2:00 interview” with Gov. Blagojevich. Snubbed by the governor’s “sleazy PR guy,” Geraldo— “rather than allow us to be victimized here at Fox News, where the first cable news interview was promised” — went to “the parking lot of The View” to get that interview.
GERALDO: ….The problem is those tapes sound so tacky. They sound as if you’re attempting to sell that office …
All that was — any guesses?— “out of the proper context,” said Blagojevich. (And no, Geraldo didn’t ask the governor to supply the missing context).
GERALDO: Are you broke now?…. Are you destitute?….
Blagojevich declined to “whine” about his “fate.”
Then, towards the end of the interview, after the governor observed that there haven’t been a lot of nice things said about him lately, came this exchange:
GERALDO: I’ll buy you dinner.Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.
BLAGOJEVICH: Is that ethical?