Geraldo Defends Brian Williams: His Critics ‘Should Shut Up!’

Geraldo Rivera discusses NBC News' Brian Williams on an episode of "Fox & Friends" Feb. 6, 2015.
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Fox News senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera defended embattled NBC newsman Brian Williams on Friday, slamming the anchor’s critics as basement-dwelling trolls who had never seen combat.

Williams apologized on Wednesday for claiming a helicopter in which he’d been flying while reporting from Iraq in 2003 had been shot down by a rocket propelled grenade. He blamed the error on “the fog of memory.”

Rivera, whose own war reporting has been criticized over accuracy, said that “a lot of people conflate” facts, but it would “a far more grievous offense” if Williams embellished.

“What I don’t want is people to pile on and destroy a man’s entire career for this one incident,” said Rivera. “Let’s go slow.”

Rivera had particular scorn for critics on social media.

“Why is it that the loudest voices condemning Brian Williams never served in combat, were never combat reporters?” Rivera said. “I think that all these people with Twitter accounts who are attacking this person from the safety of their mother’s basement should shut up and let the soldiers and the GIs deal with this.”

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h/t Mediaite

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  1. Being defended by Geraldo? Williams’ career is doomed.

  2. Avatar for mazs mazs says:

    Uncoded Geraldo concern: there but for the grace of God, go I.

    With friends like Geraldo, Williams is f*****.

  3. My thoughts exactly when I read the headline. Jerry Rivers is worried that if Williams feels he has to resign, then won’t Jerry have to, too?

  4. Congrats Brian, Jerry Rivers is on your side. Well at least you have that going for you, which is nice.

  5. “Senior news correspondent Geraldo Rivera”? The only thing Geraldo Rivera corresponds to is a baboon on mescaline.

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