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Geraldo Rivera Quotes

Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera quotes: Geraldo and his mustache reflect on their amazing career as a journalist.

“You have to get out there and get as close to the action as you can. That’s where history is made: at the point of contact.”

“Your performance gets you promoted. It doesn’t matter if you’re brown, back or white.”

“Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared.”

“Never take a job where winter winds can blow up your pants.”

“‘I’m Geraldo Rivera, reporting.’ I’ve made a connection with the television audience by being a proud Latino man. I am passionate for what I do, courageous in the face of peril, honest and straightforward.”

“I think of myself as Special Forces, clearing the path for the infantry.”

“It’s not a question of subjectivity. It’s about reality.”

“The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.”

“One of the real tests of journalistic integrity is being fair to someone who might best be described by a four-letter word.”

“With years of experience doing whatever it takes to get to the bottom of each story, I am looking forward to covering the stories in the human dimension and impart the passion and visceral reactions the audience seeks.”

“I am enduring. You can disagree with me.”

“I think that longevity and endurance and resilience, the fact that I’ve lived through so many different trends, styles and crazies and ups and downs being in television for 50 years. They used to say that my life has had more ups and downs than the cycle of roller coasters at Coney Island. I believe that that’s true. I’m honored, I’m humbled by it. It exhilarates me and exhausts me.”

“Style-wise and superficially I hope I’m remembered from bringing kinetic energy to news coverage. Instead of standing in front of a fire or earthquake or battle, I’ve always jumped into those situations with courage, verve and energy, bringing my friends, the audience, with me.”

“The most important lesson I’ve learned over the course of my career? Everybody has their own reality. Be kind and generous, tolerant and compassionate. Care about the people in your stories. Work for a better world without shunning those with whom you disagree. Be a cheerleader for America by preaching inclusion, being smart and open-minded. We’re all in this crazy world together. Better to pull together than to be pulled apart.”

“I must be doing something right. I’ve been around for a long time. It’s a great pleasure having survived six generations of TV critics. If I’ve done anything, I’ve brought passion to television.”

“I’ve gone through about 20 generations of television critics that said I would never last. I was like a one-hit wonder. Nobody knows their names.”

“My mother recognized the star on my left hand (I have the Star of David tattoo on my left hand) and so she had been with my dad horrified that I got into the business, left law to get into the reporting business they knew nothing about. But when she saw my hand on television, she became a convert. She says that then she loved the fact that I was a big star. I left law to pursue a career in journalism. In September 1970, I did my first story for Eyewitness News.”

“I support the president, but I don’t endorse the president. I don’t think it’s my job to endorse. He listens, but he doesn’t always heed my advice. But I’m honored that the President of the United States, the most powerful person on earth, listens to a humble Puerto Rican Jewish guy that’s been knocking around television for half a century.”

“I have one more nautical dream that I hope to turn into a reality before I walk away from life as a newsman. I sailed my boat around the world, and I sailed it 1,400 miles up the Amazon River. I rode my motorboat up the Erie Canal to be on Lake Erie here in Cleveland. I want to keep going around the great lakes and then go to Chicago and then go down the Alamo River to the Mississippi River and complete the inner loop. That’s my last remaining adventure that I’ve got planned single handI want to do it single hand.”

“I don’t know what I would do if I retire, to tell you the truth. I don’t know. I don’t know how I would fill my time. I’ve written eight books, I write lots of articles, I tweet here or there. Because I know I’ll still be engaged as long as I can speak, as long as I can see what’s going on. I feel that I have a point of view that reflects an underserved community. I call myself roadkill. You know anything in the middle of the road is roadkill and I call myself roadkill, the moderate view of life. I think that that middle is the ground I’m going to go down fighting on.”

“I am grateful for every break I’ve ever had, every opportunity I’ve had. Nothing has come easily. It’s been at times very challenging, but it’s also enormously rewarding and I swear to God when I say that there are very few people who can say that they are on a first-name basis with the whole country and I think that I am.”

“I am so grateful that the audience has accepted me and, generally speaking, believed meor at least believed that I believedfor half a century. I survived all the different changes and trends, attitudes and technology, to live so vividly and so publicly and to have sustained all of that, I’ve had more ups and downs than the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island, I’m still in the car. I’m still rolling and I am so grateful for that.”

“Regrets in my life or something I wish I’d done differentlythat’s a great question. Of course, you’re reminded of the old Sinatra song ‘Regrets, I’ve Had a Few.'”

“I’m old, but I’m still cute and strong. And very butch. I still have my mustache and my attitude. I’ve become much more considerate of opposing points of view.”

“Goodnight America and thank you for sticking with me for 50 years.”

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