KI RS BAUM
Saturday night has
never been so haz-
ardous to a human
mind as it was on
but another member of Michael's inner
Should we refer to Geraldo, Michael
and Uri Geller as "Slick, Slicker and
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
Large with Gerald°
Rivera was like
watching Larry King
Bennett. That's how enamored Geraldo
was with Michael Jackson during an
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
a Saturday Night Live fan, I can't wait
media, but next to nothing about his
the cast skewer Paris Hilton on
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-
tions were of the soft-
ball variety and includ-
ed trading compli-
monologue was mostly
ments. Geraldo called
Michael the reigning
"King of Pop; Michael
called Gerald() the
"King of Journalism."
When it came time to
speak about charges
-- Waldo filvora
One had her arguing
against him, Michael
a purse, another
read a prepared state-
had her arguing with
ment to end the inter-
view. He maintains his innocence.
she played a non-
So the real question remains. Why
did Gerald° seek an exclusive interview
flash the cam-
that didn't answer any real questions?
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-
as entertainment these days, you now
tache if Jackson is convicted.
a place where you won't feel so
So what? Shaving a moustache is
something a middle school music
It's called H.O.P.E.: Horrified
teacher does to raise money for new
of Pedestrian Entertain-
instruments. It's not a challenge a "jour-
nalist" makes in the midst of a story.
Ashlee, Paris and singer Britney
Has Gerald° become not only
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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