A long standing feud between Fox News host Geraldo Rivera and NPR Media Reporter David Folkenflik was brought back to the surface Monday evening as the two engaged on Twitter over a 2001 report Rivera did from Afghanistan.
While reporting from Tora Bora in 2001 for Fox News, Rivera described on air an incident of friendly fire, claiming he had been on the scene where three Americans had died. Reporting then for the Baltimore Sun, Folkenflik found that Rivera was actually 300 miles from the site he described and that no Americans had died there that day. Rivera blamed his mistake on the “fog of war” and said he had confused the event near Kandahar with one where he actually was in Tora Bora — but the Tora Bora incident occurred three days after Rivera’s report.
This all came back up on Twitter when a man tweeted at Rivera while watching Folkenflik on CSPAN talking about his recent book "Murdoch's World" about Fox News where he details the Tora Bora incident.
Rivera shot back: As I proved years ago, Folkenflik's story was dead wrong-a grossly unfair anti-Fox hatchet job" and that he is "pulling documents (and) will soon prove how he lied (and) how his (mainstream media) pals willfully ignored truth."
When asked by a follower why Rivera was just now pulling documents on a more than decade-old report, Rivera said he "proved it (in) 2002 but my facts didn't fit anti-Fox anti-war narrative so he skated."
"His premise-that there was no friendly fire in Tora Bora-is a provable lie," Rivera continued. "This skunk has been hiding at NPR for a decade cashing in on his anti Fox bias."
Rivera then promised to produce the documents proving his side of the story by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Over a series of more than 15 tweets, Folkenflik responded to Rivera, outlining his original reporting and noting "I'd be very interested in hearing from @geraldorivera what proof he has now that he could not offer in the years since."