Geraldo: Daily Caller Scribe's Incivility Akin to 'Interrupting Lincoln' During Gettysburg Address

June 19th, 2012 12:51 PM

Move over, Obama Boy -- you've got serious competition from Geraldo Rivera.

Talking with GOP Rep. Allen West on his WABC radio show yesterday, Rivera made a fawningly inane analogy to describe Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro's unmitigated gall in attempting to ask questions at a presidential news conference (audio) --

RIVERA: First of all, let me just get you on the protocol issue. Do you agree with me that it was totally out of line for the Daily Caller blogger guy to interrupt the president's statement?

WEST: Well, I think the thing is, you know, the media's supposed to have an opportunity to ask questions. I don't know if they were told they would not get the opportunity to do so. But as far as White House protocol, you should have allowed the president to finish and then ask for questions and the president in due respect to the media that was there should have taken those questions.

RIVERA: It would, it's like interrupting Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address or the Emancipation Proclamation.

WEST: Yeah, but also, I mean, I've had many a town hall event where, you know, there have been some pretty nasty epithets shouted at me. So, you know, there are jerks on both sides ...

GERALDO (laughs): OK, I grant you that, I grant you that.

Am I reading too much into Rivera's remarks to wonder if he's aware that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order, not a speech delivered by Lincoln?

Henceforth the Obama administration might want to signal when questions will be allowed from the media and when reporters will be expected to emulate statuary.