Geraldo Rivera Denies His Mike Was Cut for Defending Obama

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Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel attends the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media" at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City.NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11:  Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel attends the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media" at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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When the gang on Fox & Friends ripped into President Barack Obama following the attack on the U.S. outpost at Benghazi, Libya, Geraldo Rivera was the only one to defend the president, recalls a new book by Jonathan Alter called The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, previewed in the New York Times. "After the argument continued for several minutes, Ailes called the control room and told the producers to cut Rivera’s mic," Alter wrote. Sounds in keeping with character.

Update: Geraldo denied the report this morning in a tweet.