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Van Susteren Advocates For Palin - Again

Reported by Ellen - November 11, 2008 -

Once again FOX News "Democrat" Greta Van Susteren proved more interested in advocating on behalf of Republican Sarah Palin than in acting as the kind of balance against the other conservatives on the network that Van Susteren is billed as. During a lengthy, lapdog interview of Sarah Palin aired last night (11/10/08), Van Susteren swallowed every one of Palin's assertions without question, including a repeat of her dubious claim to be dedicated to uniting the country under an Obama presidency. Not only that, but despite criticism of Palin's detractors for staying anonymous, Van Sustern used her own anonymous source to defend Palin. Then Van Susteren all but proclaimed him or her credible and characterized Palin as the victim of a whack job.

From the interview:

VAN SUSTEREN: One other criticism was this whole business about Africa. And I investigated it. I talked to someone who was in the room with you, whose name I can't reveal, who was there for all your preparation, talked to that person, grilled that person, cross-examined that person, said that Africa thing never happened. Never happened. And I grilled the person.


VAN SUSTEREN: Why did that get a life of its own?

PALIN: I don't know because I remember the discussion about Africa. My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur. And the relevance to me with that issue, as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were -- kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent -- the relevance was Alaska's investment in Darfur with some of our Permanent Fund dollars. I wanted to make sure that that didn't happen anymore.

So we discussed what was going on in Africa. And never, ever did I talk about, Well, gee, is it a country or is it a continent, I just don't know about this issue. So I don't know how they took our one discussion on Africa and turned that into what they turned it into. I don't even know who did, though, you know, so it's hard to...

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I know...

PALIN: ... Address that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I know someone who was there. And like I said, it was, like, you know, I grilled the person and -- you know, and pretty heavily on two occasions as recently as last night. And that person said - - and that's not a Palin person, that's a McCain staff person -- and I will tell you that much -- and said it never happened.

But it certainly was a -- you know, it was sort of a string of gossip that has emerged in the last week. And I'm thinking, you know, why would someone want to whack you like that?

So let's see, if Van Susteren is right, Palin's ignorance is "only" that she didn't know what the Bush Doctrine is, that she could not name a newspaper she reads, that she doesn't know what the job of the vice president is, and that she thinks being near Russia gives her foreign policy credentials. And while she does know that Africa is a continent, not a country, she has "only" antagonized her own staff to the point where they can hardly wait for the campaign to be over before discrediting her in the media.

Seems to me that might be a story, but don't hold your breath waiting for "Democrat" Van Susteren to go into it. Here's her preview for Part 2, slated for tonight:

Moose chili was on the menu. But there is so much more, including what we caught the first dude was doing on camera, moving pretty fast. And he was not alone. Check this out-a ride with the first dude, Todd Palin, on a snow machine. How fast to you think we go?

That's the balance, FOX News style.