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Geraldo Criticizes Bret Baier For Obama Interview (AUDIO)

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Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 05/19/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

Geraldo Rivera criticized Fox News host Bret Baier for his interruption-heavy interview of President Obama Wednesday.

Friday morning on radio program "Brian and the Judge," Geraldo — a Fox News host himself — said that Baier should have treated Obama with more respect.

"At a certain point, you gotta recognize...when the President seemed exasperated and frustrated and unable to complete a sentence, I thought at some point you gotta make a difference between the guy who's the senate whip or the house whip, or the assemblyman, the leader of the state senate," Geraldo said. "He's not a mayor, he's the President."

Former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino disagreed.

"There's not a single reporter who ever interviewed President Bush who would have done anything different," she said. "I was there for 7.5 years, I watched them all...Diane Sawyer, others, they're aggressive and they should be.

"The only place I've seen that is Sarah Palin," Geraldo responded. "Sarah Palin's the only one who gets beat up the way Bret Baier beat up Barack Obama."

"I don't think he beat him up," Perino said. "He asked him some questions that the White House did not prepare the President for. That's a staff problem.

Geraldo ended by comparing Baier to Keith Olbermann.

"I've done some of the most aggressive interviews ever on television, I've been down people's throats, I've had my hand around their neck, I've had my nose broken," he said. "Point: there is some decorum and if that same thing happened to George Bush and I was watching that, I think that everybody at Fox News would've said, 'Hey, that Keith Olbermann went way too far.'"

"You can't compare Bret Baier to Keith Olbermann!" Perino responded.

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