Geraldo Rivera has been in the media game for 50 years, and 19 of them have been spent at Fox News, where he considers himself an “oddball out” at times, though he’s never been censored, he says.
“I’m in the middle of the road. I try to see both sides,” he told TheWrap ahead of the Sunday Fox News special reviewing highlights from his half-century career. “I try to bring my experience to bear and sometimes at Fox, I’m the oddball out. You didn’t hear my voice much during the political conventions — they tend to keep me out of politics — but my opinion is really expressed. No one tries to censor me.”
His opinion, he pointed out, is often at odds with the opinions of others on the network. He cited disagreements and on-air spats with Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Greg Gutfeld — but noted he’s made incredible friends and feels respected, not ostracized, at the network. He joined Fox News in 2001 with the goal of becoming a war correspondent in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I wanted to change the world using the law,” he said of his early career. Before he was a talk show host or war correspondent, he was a lawyer in New York’s Lower East Side. “Then, I kind of wanted to do the same thing using as the television news platform to do it. There are a couple of truths that are enduring: Racism is real. Black men experience a whole different challenge than white men and dealing with cops. There is a terrible racial divide in this country.”
The final installment of “I Am Geraldo: 50 Years” hits Fox Nation, Fox News’ subscription streaming platform, on Sunday. At 10 p.m. ET, Fox News will air a condensed, hour-long version of the special, with a unique introduction from President Donald Trump.