(National Sentinel)Â Unreal Time:Â Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera joinedÂ HBO‘s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday for a wide-ranging interview in which he defended his network, President Donald J. Trump, and his journalistic integrity while taking swipes at the host and questioningÂ MSNBC‘s veracity.
â€œYou care very much about your legacy being as a journalist, so I do have to ask, why Fox News?â€ Maher asked.
â€œI think that your characterization of Fox is a stereotype, with all due respect,â€ responded Rivera. â€œIâ€™m pro-choice. Iâ€™m pro-immigration reform. Iâ€™m pro-gun control. And Iâ€™m on Fox News.
“Itâ€™s easy because Sean Hannity, for instance, is such a big personality, to say that he represents the sum total of Fox, but I think that, with due respect, that there are more voices. Itâ€™s not state-run TV. It has a conservative leaning. MSNBC is as liberal and as progressive as you can possibly be, aside from this show,” Rivera continued.
â€œWeâ€™re HBO,â€ Maher quipped, correcting Rivera. â€œBut, there is a big difference between MSNBC and Fox News. MSNBC sticks to the truth. They donâ€™t make things up.â€
Maher then ticked off several talking points about the president watchingÂ Fox News and how “our policy seems to be coming from” the network morning show, “Fox & Friends.”
â€œIâ€™m still stuck on your saying that MSNBC sticks to the truth,” Rivera said, noting that the “Russian collusion” allegations that are frequently discussed on the network is a topic that liberal hosts focus on with no substance to support them.
â€œI say that anyone who views the witnesses who have been interviewed, the indictments that have come down, the scope of the investigation so far has to come to the conclusion that thereâ€™s nothing there yet,â€ said Rivera.
â€œWhereâ€™s the collusion? Itâ€™s an illusion!â€ Rivera insisted, adding that Maher â€œwould blame them if they had Russian dressing on their salad.â€
â€œThis is what I donâ€™t get,â€ Maher later said. â€œI remember thinking of you as a crusading reporter who was fighting against the spin. I feel like now you are the spin.â€
â€œThatâ€™s so bull!â€ Rivera interjected.
â€œYouâ€™re a smart guy,â€ said Maher. â€œThis befuddles me. I looked up to you.â€
â€œIf you donâ€™t look up to me because Iâ€™m still friends with the president of the United States, then shame on you,â€ said Rivera, who also defended Trump against the Stormy Daniels charges.
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