Geraldo Rivera recently sent a Fox camera crew to a Manhattan diner to talk to average folks about the story of an Environmental Protection Agency employee who has not been fired from his job, despite admitting that he spends much of his workday watching porn. When he presented the footage on Gretchen Carlson’s Thursday show, Rivera said that he picked the restaurant because its customers represent “a great cross-section of people living in the New York metropolitan area.” It also happens to be on the same block as Fox’s West 47th Street headquarters. Convenient!
Rivera’s segment features two New Yorkers who criticize the government agency’s decision to retain the porn-obsessed slacker. “You can’t get away with that in private industry. There’s just no way, you know what I’m saying?” says an outraged guy. “It does create a hostile work environment and if anybody should be walking by and kind of look over the shoulder to see what’s going on, it’s absolutely harassment,” explains his offended female friend.
The pair’s names were not displayed on screen. Luckily, Carlson was there to identify them for her audience. It turns out that the man and the woman were Charlie Gasparino and Lori Rothman, both of whom are hosts at Fox Business. As Carlson began to point that out, Rivera cut her off. “Well, we snagged a lot of them,” he explained. “They’re right next door.” A sister station’s employees don’t count as regular people, even if no one really watches them on television.