When Congressman Louie Gohmert was on the air with “Fox and Friends” for an interview on Friday morning Oct. 17, Brian Kilmeade took it upon himself to reprimand the politician for a jab he made about Geraldo Rivera. Gohmert was on Fox talking about Ebola and his recent assertions that the CDC is engaged in a “war on nurses” when it comes to the Ebola blame game, suggests Mediaite.
Right before Gohmert came on, Geraldo Rivera was interviewed about Ebola and his thoughts on how a no-travel ban is needed. The hot topic today is the fact that President Obama apparently doesn’t see the importance of a no-travel ban for the Ebola infected areas, as many in the nation do, reports The Times of India today.
Rivera said that he doesn’t agree with those who feel that the CDC director Thomas Frieden should resign. This is one point that Gohmert had in common with Rivera. Gohmert said that he didn’t want to see Frieden resign. He then said:
“Geraldo was talking about that and I have to bow to him in certain areas where he has more expertise like selfie nudies.” He continued with “He’s got more expertise there.”
You could actually see Brian Kilmeade, the “Fox and Friend” anchor, getting perturbed and you can tell he was itching to say something as his face appeared like a gauge for his rising blood pressure. He jumped in to defend Geraldo saying:
“Real quick, don’t take shots at Geraldo,” Kilmeade said. “He’s a great friend of ours. He has great experience.”
The others on the curvy couch caught what Gohmert had said about Geraldo’s “selfie nudes” and looked uncomfortable waiting for Gohmert to drop another jab, but he didn’t have time once Kilmeade gave him a tongue lashing on live T.V.
Gohmert’s left eyebrow suddenly raised one inch out of surprise when hearing this reprimand from Kilmeade. Gohmert then said:
“Oh, I didn’t mean to. I mean he really has a lot more expertise in that area.”
Then Kilmeade piped in having to get the last word apparently. For some reason this Fox anchor took what Gohmert said as personal because he went at the Congressman verbally like he was ready to sock the guy, but thankfully it was an interview done remotely.
“Okay, well don’t.” Kilmeade said. “Just don’t. Just stick to the topic.”
This was really out of character for Kilmeade, especially since he is one to offer his fair-share of harsh jokes about people through the years he’s been on “Fox and Friends.” Unfortunately for Kilmeade everyone doesn’t share his need to come to Rivera’s defense.
Gohmert had no business saying what he did especially on live T.V. and this guy is not a favorite for everybody out there. With that said, Geraldo’s interview this morning was once again filled with the words “I” and “me” as he has the tendency to continuously pat himself on the back. He also has a need to frequently list his credentials as he talks. Rivera’s number one fan is Rivera, or maybe after today one could put Brian Kilmeade in that top spot.
Fair and balanced news coverage and views are what is promised from the anchors at Fox, but would Kilmeade have jumped to the defense of Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden if the same thing was said about them? Kilmeade’s defense was “He’s a great friend of ours,” so what about the folk’s he doesn’t consider friends, would he have laughed at this bad attempt of a joke? Kilmeade’s outburst went against the grain in a number of ways this morning and so did the Congressman’s attempt to jab at Rivera.