Saturday, September 12, 2009
Geraldo Rivera: Sheen acting in “defiance of the facts and historic record” about 9/11
Another “fair and balanced” moment at FOX News: Two corporate-controlled bootlicking hacks calling 9/11 truthers nuts and zero truthers are on to defend themselves
by Larry Simons
September 12, 2009
On last night’s The O’ Reilly Factor, right after a segment in which Bill O’ Reilly told two liberal commentators that bombing Iran was the ONLY solution to dealing with them [a country that has no nukes], the Sultan of Spin had fellow bought-and-paid-for slug Geraldo Rivera on to discuss Charlie Sheen’s request from Obama that he open up a new investigation into 9/11.
A clip of Sheen is played from a video he made asking for Obama to open a new investigation into 9/11. Rivera then says, “Very cruel, very cruel”, then begins telling O’ Reilly that people still seem to embrace Sheen [and Rosie O’ Donnell, another 9/11 truther] because he is a charming actor and that both actors seem to be sincere about their views.
Rivera then says:
“I think that they have swallowed this Kool-Aid where in defiance of the facts, in defiance of the historic record and in defiance of their own eyes and witnessing what happened when those planes smashing into the buildings and I think unintentionally I am sure they are hurting the victims families…the survivors, because they continue to raise this preposterous notion that the United States government would be so hideously manipulative that we would kill almost 3,000 of our own citizens as a pretext to going to war in Afghanistan. It is false on its face. It is extremely insensitive. And, if it weren’t for the fact that they are sincere but misguided, I really would feel even more emotional about it, but I think it is very very..a negative vibe that uh..it’s one of these things like Area 51 with the aliens in New Mexico…”
O’ Reilly interrupts and asks, “Do you think Sheen is crazy?”
Rivera replies, “Yeah, yeah, I do. I think that he has a trick gene or a screw loose, I think he has an addictive personality….”
watch the clip
This segment was a whitewash from the first second. The Sheen clip they played only showed Sheen ask the President to begin a new 9/11 investigation. O’ Reilly conveniently omitted 99% of the remaining 6 ½ minutes of the Sheen video in which he actually mentioned the specific unanswered questions of 9/11.
Rivera says Sheen [and the rest of 9/11 truthers] are “in defiance of the facts and the historic record” when in fact, every single bullet point Sheen makes in his statement to Obama is researched, documented, on-the-record fact; most, if not all of it, is either from mainstream news or public accessible sources, like websites for the Department of Defense and the FBI.
One common staple of 9/11 debunkers when addressing 9/11 activists is to continually use the “it’s hurting the victims’ families” bullshit, completely omitting the fact that it was the 9/11 families who had to beg and plead tooth and nail to even get the 9/11 Commission started. And even when the 9/11 Commission was in session, they failed to answer over 70% of their questions.
It appears Rivera is drinking the Kool-Aid and once again, as usual, he has his facts wrong. It’s our own government who is hurting the victims families and survivors.
Isn’t it funny how O’ Reilly sits there and says nothing while Rivera insists that it's preposterous that 9/11 activists believe that the government would assassinate its own citizens, when O’ Reilly once did a story [when he was with Inside Edition] on the cover-up in the JFK assassination where it was very plain to see that O' Reilly believed [at least at one time] that the government would assassinate its own President!
Bill O’ Reilly reporting as the host of Inside Edition from 1989
Bill O' Reilly reporting on the cover-up in the JFK assassination in 1989 before he was bought-off by Rupert Murdoch
It’s easy for Rivera to sit in a nice comfy studio and simply just rant “It’s false on its face” and not be required to provide a single fact to support his case. This is the very reason why, during these ridiculous segments on any FOX News program, you never see a representative for the people in which they ridicule and call “crazy”, because if they dare have any of these people [like Sheen or Alex Jones] on to lay out the documented facts that are on record, Rivera and O’ Reilly would look like the crazy ones.
How can we expect Rivera to provide facts to support his views or be able to shoot down opposing views when he does not even know where Area 51 is? In the clip, he said it was in New Mexico. It’s actually in Nevada. If he can’t even get this simple fact straight, Sheen would annihilate him in a debate.
Of course, Rivera and O’ Reilly already know this, don’t they?