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Fox's Legal News Anchor, Greta Van Susteren, Ignores Important Legal News, Again

Reported by Melanie - December 16, 2007 -

Last Thursday (December 13, 2007), two stories broke that would give any lawyer a lot to chew on. The first was the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former presidential advisor Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for disobeying subpoenas issued last summer. "It's the first time in 36 years that such a move has been undertaken in the Senate."

The second, a "stinging defeat" for the Bush administration, was the acquittal of one of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with al Qaeda to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. The case against the rest ended in a hung jury. Remember that case? The media jumped up and down about it -- "homegrown terrorists!" -- in June, 2006.

After hearing these two news stories on Thursday, I thought I'd watch Fox's "legal news" show, On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren to see how she covered them. Not surprisingly, she didn't. Tops on Fox's legal agenda that day was,

-- Drew Peterson's denial that he fired a gun in his house, and the re-opened investigation into the "bathtub death of wife #3;"

-- The Mitchell report on steroid use;

-- Pregnant Ohio attorney, Karyn Hancock, recanted her story of why she went missing for several days;

-- A court ruled in favor of Michael Jordan in a paternity suit; and

-- A cat who was reunited with its guardians after wandering off seven years ago.

Fox's definition of legal news -- like its other programming -- is, obviously, dumbed down to the lowest possible rung. This is but one instance of that, the premiere example being the Scooter Libby trail. During its seven week pendency, the words "Scooter Libby" never crossed Van Susteren's lips.