Geraldo Rivera (born Gerald Rivers) likes to position himself in the “middle” of debates about issues that pit conservatives against progressives. In other words, he’s a carefully calculated populist whose only core value is self-aggrandizement. You would have thought that Geraldo would play the Zimmerman verdict straight down the middle: the jury knows best, but what a tragedy and I understand the African American community’s anger, but we all need to remain calm and focused on the great strides blah, blah, blah. Instead this: “If [the ladies of the jury were armed] they would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did.” Provided, I suppose, Martin had sucker-punched them and bashed their head against concrete. I mean, that’s what he meant, right?