“Fox and Friends” hosts were shocked by Geraldo Rivera’s blunt assessment of Rudy Giuliani — who had appeared on the show a short time earlier.
President Donald Trump’s attorney spun wild claims about Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, as the Senate considers impeachment charges involving Giuliani’s own actions there and the president’s pressure scheme against its government, and Rivera expressed shock and alarm.
“I knew him when he was a newly appointed U.S. Attorney, and he became America’s mayor, the most magnificent elected official on Earth,” Rivera said. “To see him deteriorate right before your eyes, I love the guy.”
Co-host Steve Doocy, who had repeatedly tried to cut off Giuliani’s conspiracies while he was sitting in the same chair as Rivera, acted surprised.
“What do you mean?” he said.
Rivera questioned why Giuliani was working in Ukraine as the president’s attorney, instead of a government official
“Why wasn’t he appointed a presidential envoy with an official title to go do a righteous job to probe?” Rivera said. “It bothers me also that he’s hanging out with Lev Parnas, this sleaze bag.”
Doocy pointed out that Giuliani was the godfather to Parnas’ child, but Rivera pressed on.
“I don’t know him, I only know him from what he has done and said apparently for the president and then against the president, he seems to be a treacherous, back-stabbing self-serving con who is trying to avoid jail time,” Rivera said. “He reminds me a lot like Michael Cohen, sleazier than Michael Cohen, Lev Parnas, by association.”
The hosts began looking around nervously at that point.
“What in the world is America’s mayor doing hanging out with a guy like Lev Parnas?” Rivera said.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt broke in at that point, and said members of the studio audience were reacting negatively to his criticism.
“A lot of the people in the audience aren’t agreeing with you,” she said.
Rivera then turned to address the studio audience.
“I don’t come here for people to agree with me, I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart,” he said, “and from the bottom of my heart I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga, and I think the more he talks the worse it is for the president of the United States.”
Walkouts as Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars
Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday.
The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran -- wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 -- had topped the list of nominations.
Protesters chanting "Lock up Polanski!" tried to storm the theatre where the ceremony was being held before being pushed back by police firing tear gas.
And France's Culture Minister Franck Riester had warned that giving the maker of "Rosemary's Baby" a Cesar would be "symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violence".
Trump accuses Democrats of coronavirus ‘hoax’ as confirmed cases in US gather pace
President Donald Trump accused Democrats of a new “hoax” over criticism of his handling of the coronavirus threat, as US health officials reported Friday a fourth case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.
The latest case is a boy under 18 in Washington State who tested "presumptive positive" and is currently in home isolation in Snohomish County. The high school he attends will be shut until March 3 while it is deep cleaned, the Washington State Department of Health said.
A positive test is treated as "presumptive" until the results have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Regulators move to fine telecoms for selling location data
US regulators moved to impose fines Friday against the nation's four major wireless carriers for selling location data of customers without their consent.
The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining T-Mobile more than $91 million; AT&T some $57 million; Verizon $48 million, and Sprint $12 million.
The wireless firms were accused of having disclosed mobile network user location data to a third party without authorization from customers, the FCC said.
The FCC began an investigation after a report that a sheriff in Missouri used a "location-finding service" operated by a prison communications services company called Securus to track whereabouts of people including a judge and law enforcement officers.