Geraldo Rivera, who makes a living out of bringing celebrities shot-comings to the headlines, has one of his own he’s defending today. Rivera was uninvited to a prestigious university panel discussion for the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. The reason the college doesn't want him now is because he tweeted a semi-nude “selfie,” according to the L.A. Times on Sept. 4.
Rivera, with a towel wrapped around his waist, took this picture of himself and posted it with the caption “70 is the new 50.” You see the young celebs doing this, as it usually comes during the time in their lives where they are all self-consumed, but Rivera should have passed that stage decades ago. He apparently still thinks an awful lot of himself. This is an Anthony Weiner-type picture.
Fox News is not happy, as Rivera is part of their team. The news of the university uninviting him was relayed by Rivera himself, once again on Twitter. He writes:
"Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie'. Fact I first aired Zapruder film less impt."
A spokesperson for the Catholic university in Pittsburg said during a recent interview that Rivera’s semi-nude tweet was “inappropriate and inconsistent” with the school’s religious values.
Rivera blames the incident on “a few drinks of tequila.” The picture, which has since been deleted, caught Rivera in all his glory, showing off his body like a teen.
The school might have something there. This is something many universities have discouraged their students from doing, posting risqué photos on the Internet. Now the school’s quest speaker is doing something they’re trying to discourage their own students from doing. This would leave them with no option but to take Rivera off the panel.
Rivera wasn’t going to take this oust lying down, he called the university’s move “pretentious censorship.” What is wrong with you Rivera? Do you really need that much attention to stand half-naked in front of a bathroom mirror, like a teen idol, and snap a picture of yourself to post online? If you want to be considered as a serious journalist, it helps to act like one.