Geraldo Rivera calls Casey Anthony a slut, offers no apology

Outside the Florida courthouse last week where Casey Anthony is on trial for the murder of her infant daughter, Fox’s Geraldo Rivera proclaimed,

[Anthony] was a selfish, narcissistic, self-involved slut who wanted to kill her child to have ‘la bella vita.’

The comment was in response to the fact that Casey Anthony had reportedly gotten a tattoo on her wrist that read “La Bella Vita,” which means “beautiful life” in Italian.

Casey Anthony could very well be guilty of murdering her child, and she should be punished appropriately, but it is not acceptable for a reporter to call a subject a “slut” or any slur that degrades a person for her/his sexuality. Anthony’s sexual history has nothing to do with whether or not she killed her daughter. News anchors are there to report the news and occasionally comment on it, but not to pass judgment on the people involved in the news — especially in such an offensive and misogynistic way.

Ed Shultz of MSNBC was suspended for calling Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut,” and he almost immediately released an apology. As far as I know, no one at Fox has commented or reprimanded Rivera for his use of the term “slut” to describe a woman on national television.

Fox News needs to start taking a little bit more responsibility in their news coverage. But that’s like saying you should always leave a note if you hit someone’s car in a parking lot. Some people just lack moral integrity.

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9 responses to “Geraldo Rivera calls Casey Anthony a slut, offers no apology

  1. sophie

    Given how early on in this, Geraldo jumped on the “Baez” bandwagon, it’s surprising to me to hear him say this about Baez’s client.

  2. katydid

    The truth is the truth….I bet she doesn’t even know who Caylee’s father was….she has told so many lies about that too.

    • I don’t care how many people she has had sex with. Slut is a derogatory word for a woman based on her sex life (or just to put a woman down), and it is not acceptable for a news anchor to deem her a “slut.” It has nothing to do with the case, and it is none of anyone’s business how many people Casey Anthony has had sex with. Do I think she is guilt of murder? Yes. But calling her a slut is completely derogatory and inappropriate.

  3. venicehippychick

    Geraldo is an idiot who will do anything for exposure. SICK MAN!

  4. darkman

    Hey you are what your are if you sleep around like that it is going to come out. That does show that she put sex before her child so she deserves everything that she is getting and more. What is funny is if she slept with your man you wouldn’t be taking up for her and i bet you would be using the same word when you refer to her..

  5. david w. geiger

    Go Geraldo, Tell it like it is. Those of “like kind” are in denial. It’s time for humans with moral values to stand up to the “creeping crud” on our society, whatever it may be.

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