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February 10, 2005 - Image 69

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One Bad
Saturday Night
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HARRY
KI RS BAUM

atching
television
on
Saturday night has
never been so haz-
ardous to a human
mind as it was on
Feb. 5.
Watching At

but another member of Michael's inner
circle?
Should we refer to Geraldo, Michael
and Uri Geller as "Slick, Slicker and
Not So?"
I'm surprised at FOX News for allow-
ing one of its stars to conduct such a
one-sided interview. Geraldo will surely
cover the trial as it proceeds, but how
objective will his reporting be?
When FOX News added "Real
Journalism" to its already ever present
"Fair and Balanced" slogan," I thought
it was like seeing a "Real Diamonds"
sign in Cartier's window.
Why tell people something they
should already expect? But when you
have Geraldo on your staff, it's better to
advertise.

Large with Gerald°
Rivera was like
Columnist
watching Larry King
interviewing Tony
Bennett. That's how enamored Geraldo
was with Michael Jackson during an
hour-long interview.
Michael, bathed in soft lighting,
makeup and lipstick perfect, talked
about raising children as a single father,
sibling relationships, friendships, cre-
No More Paris
ativity, crazy rumors coming out of the
As
a Saturday Night Live fan, I can't wait
media, but next to nothing about his
to
see
the cast skewer Paris Hilton on
upcoming trial.
Feb.
12.
Jackson was indicted on molestation
Ms. Hilton, famous for being born
charges in April, and jury selection is
rich and famous, "guest hosted" SNL
now taking place.
on Feb. 5, and I use
Because of a judicial
that term in the
gag order, the TV ques-
broadest
sense.
tions were of the soft-
So
talentless
was
ball variety and includ-
Hilton,
the
opening
ed trading compli-
monologue was mostly
ments. Geraldo called
"
spoken" by
Michael the reigning
Tinkerbelle,
her dog.
"King of Pop; Michael
I
could
only
stay
called Gerald() the
awake
for
the
first
hour
"King of Journalism."
and
only
saw
three
skits
When it came time to
in
which
she
appeared.
speak about charges
-- Waldo filvora
One had her arguing
against him, Michael
over
a purse, another
Jackson:
The
King
of
Pop
read a prepared state-
had her arguing with
ment to end the inter-
Donatello Versace.
view. He maintains his innocence.
In
the
third
skit,
she played a non-
So the real question remains. Why
speaking
role
as
Donald
Trump's new
did Gerald° seek an exclusive interview
bride.
She
did
manage
to
flash the cam-
that didn't answer any real questions?
era
her
underwear
twice,
though.
According to Gerald°, the charges are
I'm hoping that the cast treats Hilton
bogus and the prosecutor is conducting
the same way they treated "singer"
a smear campaign because they couldn't
Ashlee Simpson after her lip-synching
convict Michael the first time.
appearance on the show late last year.
Rivera is so sure of Michael's inno-
If you're as tired as I am of what pass-
cence, he's willing to shave off his mous-
es
as entertainment these days, you now
tache if Jackson is convicted.
have
a place where you won't feel so
So what? Shaving a moustache is
alone.
something a middle school music
It's called H.O.P.E.: Horrified
teacher does to raise money for new
Observers
of Pedestrian Entertain-
instruments. It's not a challenge a "jour-
ment:
www.hopeinamerica.com.
nalist" makes in the midst of a story.
Ashlee, Paris and singer Britney
Has Gerald° become not only
Spears
are all treated with the level of
Michael's head public relations person,
respect they deserve there as well as a
few others — I'm waiting for a
Harry Kirsbaum's e-mail address is
Gerald() sighting. El
hkirsbaum @thejewishnews. corn

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