Geraldo Rivera. Ewwwwww. A serious reporter? I think not!
America was on pins and needles in 1986 when Rivera proclaimed he’d discovered Al Capone’s riches – only to find nothing inside the vault on a three-hour national television special. We all remember him getting his nose broken in 1988 when he had his own talk show. We recall him getting his behind kicked by Frank Stallone in 1992 in one of the first forays into the world of B-list celebrity boxing. In 2003, he even recklessly disclosed plans of an upcoming operation while traveling with US forces in Iraq. In doing so, he basically said to the world, Who cares about the safety of the troops … as long as I get to break the story.
I could go on and on – but I will stop with just one more example. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the interview he did recently with Ronald Cummings, the father of missing five-year-old Hayleigh Cummings. In an already emotionally charged situation, he stormed right into the middle of everything and asked series of accusatory questions to Mr. Cummings, who was obviously taken aback by the entire line of questioning.
Referring to two acquaintances named “Chad” and “Marcus,” Rivera asked, Chad and Marcus told me that during the vigil, you told them you were 75 percent sure who took Hayleigh.
When Cummings said that wasn’t true, Rivera then followed that gem up with, They told — they told me that you hit Hayleigh. Is that true?
Another denial, another uncalled-for response by Geraldo. You never backhanded her to the face?
Still another “no” answer … and, of course, yet again another idiotic question. Did you hit Crystal (Crystal Sheffield, Hayleigh’s biological mother) when she was pregnant?
When Mr. Cummings said emphatically that he did not, his follow-up question was every bit as riveting. You didn’t hit her in the back of the head and kick her?
More “probing” questions about beating up women, alleged drug use and being a police informant followed. When Rivera was asked to leave by Mr. Cummings’ family members, he couldn’t depart without picking a fight with those around him. It looked like a scene from Jerry Springer.
There is one question I’d like to ask Mr. Cummings. There’s one thing that has bothered me from the beginning about this situation; one that I’ve never heard addressed by the media (and I suppose that’s because they understand this isn’t the time to ask): What are you doing with a 17-year-old girlfriend when you are 25?
Law-enforcement officials seem to be no closer to finding Hayleigh than when they started. Let’s continue to pray for a happy and swift outcome to this story, and an arrest for the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.