It’s the 40th anniversary of a particularly bad TV debacle called “the Mysteries of Al Capone’s Vault.” Hosted by Geraldo Rivera — freshly canned from ABC News — Geraldo spent two hours breathlessly hyping what his team would find buried beneath one of Capone’s old hideouts. When they finally broke down the wall, they found nothing. Thirty million viewers had been Geraldo-ed. I retell this story, along with nine other live TV debacles, including Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, Rick Perry’s favorite debate moment, Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe oops and maybe a few more you haven’t heard of.
April 17, 2016