Geraldo Rivera gets his NYT correction, but no apology
After plenty of bitching over the New York Times' claiming he staged a Hurricane Katrina rescue for the benefit of the cameras — and securing the support of WaPo media critic Howard Kurtz and even NYT public editor Byron Calame — Geraldo Rivera is finally getting his NYT correction.
But it's certainly no apology and sounds much closer to a snide aside. And that's why we love those folks on West 43rd.
The TV Watch column on Sept. 5 discussed broadcast journalists' undisguised outrage at the failings of Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. It said reporters had helped stranded victims because no police officers or rescue workers were around, and added, "Fox's Geraldo Rivera did his rivals one better: yesterday, he nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the way so his camera crew could tape him as he helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety."
The editors understood the "nudge" comment as the television critic's figurative reference to Mr. Rivera's flamboyant intervention. Mr. Rivera complained, but after reviewing a tape of his broadcast, The Times declined to publish a correction.
Numerous readers, however - now including Byron Calame, the newspaper's public editor, who also scrutinized the tape - read the comment as a factual assertion. The Times acknowledges that no nudge was visible on the broadcast.
Hear that? No nudge, even if Alessandra Stanley channeled one.