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Greta Van Susteren Doesn't Question Palin's Claim She'll Be A Uniter

Reported by Ellen - November 1, 2008 -

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has distinguished herself by attacking Barack Obama and Joe Biden and Democrats whipping up enmity toward them at her rallies. Yet during last night's (10/31/08) softball interview with Greta Van Susteren, Palin bragged about being a uniter and the importance of working in a bi-partisan fashion. Van Susteren never questioned the assertion and overlooked the later hypocrisy when, just a few minutes later, Palin suggested an Obama presidency would be "not the American way." With video.

During her lapdog interview, Van Susteren asked Palin how she might unify the country if John McCain and she win the election.

“That is a great question, and that's where my experience as an executive gets plugged in,” Palin responded. She added, “As mayor, of course you're workin' in a non-partisan, bi-partisan manner all the time... And then on a state level too, as governor, being able to reach out across the party lines. Me appointing Democrats and independents and Republicans in my administration. Got the track record to prove that that's the way I operate as getting along with those who perhaps don't agree on every single issue but that's what you gotta do, especially in this time of great challenge for America. That's what we have to do...

Van Susteren asked how she would do that.

“You start by not discrediting or invalidating someone because of a position that maybe they take that you are in disagreement with. You learn from them and you're able to find middle ground on so many of these issues... There is always a way to work with another person... Maybe we disagree on some of the particulars on an issue. We don't have to be screamin' at each other, though. Let's find a way to work together and solve a problem.”

Oh, really? Palin's history suggests quite a different reality. But Van Susteren did not mention that nor question Palin's assertions.

And just in case you thought Van Susteren's silence was because she wanted to keep the interview non-partisan, she later asked Palin for “the single most important reason not to vote for the Democratic ticket.” Palin said she could not provide just one, so Van Susteren agreed to accept two.

Palin, “the uniter,” said, “I believe they are gonna to put this nation on a course that will erode the work ethic and the entrepreneurial spirit that has grown this country into the greatest country on earth.” She said that Obama's talk of "spreading the wealth" is "not the American way." Reason number two was McCain as "Commander in Chief" and not someone who would provoke an international crisis, as Palin accused Biden of doing.

Van Susteren did not note that Palin had just contradicted her own pronouncement about her record of getting along with people of other philosophies. Instead, Van Susteren went on to ask “First Dude” Todd Palin why he was going to vote for his wife. “Because (Palin and John McCain) are so much alike,” he said.

The interview was “balanced” by a double segment with Republican Newt Gingrich immediately following. And to cap it all off, Van Susteren offered this teaser for a later segment about Barack Obama. “Then there is new information tonight from a campaign surrogate about who's going to get a tax increase if Senator Obama becomes president. The new information could mean YOU get a tax increase. We have a tape you need to hear and then you decide yourself. An innocent gaffe by the Senator Obama campaign or is this the real story and you were misled?”

I watched two hours of FOX News last night (Hannity & Colmes and On The Record) but saw not one pro-Obama guest. FOX News “Democrat” Van Susteren could rival Sean Hannity in her willingness to place Republicans in as favorable a light as possible while denigrating Democrats.