You know you done messed up when Fox News divorces itself from the opinions of one of their own staff. I’m speaking, of course, about Geraldo Rivera.
The long-time journalist came to the defense of Matt Lauer, a fellow news man who was fired from NBC this week for sexual harassment. Emulating our current president, Rivera went on a Twitter rant in support of Lauer, doing the absolute most to victim blame, victim shame, and otherwise devalue the statements of Matt Lauer’s victims.
Rivera’s Twitter feed is a disgusting example of the worst things people say when someone is accused of sexual misconduct, and of the general patriarchal attitude towards women who allege they have been victims.
Rivera first defends Lauer, saying that Lauer “is a great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me.” He then moves on to his thoughts on the recent abundance of sexual harassment claims, saying that victims “may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation” Finally, Rivera details his ideas of rules that should be in place before a victim’s story can be believed, giving a time limit for coming forward and stating that witnesses or other proof is necessary before taking action against the alleged perpetrator.
#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
The frankly ignorant tweets garnered much attention, and lead to Rivera’s employer, Fox News, making a statement distancing themselves from the journalist’s victim-shaming. Fox released a statement saying, “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.”
Fox News. Was. Troubled. By. Geraldo Rivera’s tweets. That in and of itself speaks volumes. Attitudes like Rivera’s exist in abundance across our country. They are the leftover thinking of a dark, patriarchal society which looked at women as less than men, worth only what a man could get from them sexually.
You know that this country has reached a turning point regarding its attitude towards women when the most backward media company in the country speaks out against one of their own for defending sexual predators. This country has had enough, and things are going to change.