Sunday, February 22, 2009

Will journalism ever recover

Another news story in the Bill Crider vein:

Fox anchor banned from camp of missing girl's father
Geraldo Rivera was issued a trespass warning on Saturday
By Paul Pinkham, Deirdre Conner
Story updated at 11:54 AM on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009

As the search for 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings entered its 13th day, the county was abuzz about the contentious interview with her father Saturday night with Rivera.

Cummings got upset when Rivera said he'd been told by members of Haleigh's mother's family that Cummings hit the child and has said he is 75 percent sure he knows who has her.

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene later, and issued Rivera the trespass warning at the request of the two property owners on whose land the Cummings family is camping while their trailer remains closed off as a crime scene.

A trespass warning means Rivera would be arrested if he came back onto the property. Rivera told deputies he understood and stated he would not come back to the address, but declined to sign the trespass warning, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Check back with or read Monday’s editions of The Florida Times-Union for more on this story.


Julia Buckley said...

What to say about Geraldo. Back when I took my first journalism class (in the 80s) he had only recently become "Geraldo." Before that he was "Jerry Rivers." Geraldo adapted to a new multiculturalism by reinventing himself--or reclaiming what he once was.

Now if only he could reclaim some integrity.

Sarah Weinman said...

Snopes debunks the whole Jerry Rivers thing: