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Greta Van Susteren's Husband An Advisor To Sarah Palin

Reported by Ellen - March 18, 2009 -

It turns out that there's more to Greta Van Susteren's slobbering, softball and unending interviews with the Palin family than just her idea of "fair and balanced" journalism. Thanks to Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post (H/T Think Progress), we now know that Van Susteren's husband, John Coale, actively advises Sarah Palin.

Cilizza writes about Coale:

(He) described himself simply as a "friend" of the Alaska governor but acknowledged that he suggested she start a leadership PAC and helped her navigate through some of the questions surrounding her family that lingered after the campaign. Others familiar with Palin's political team insist that Coale has far more power than he is letting on -- essentially helping to run Sarah PAC. Coale demurred on that front, noting only that he talks to Palin regularly and that she is a "fascinating person" who is "definitely not what the right thinks or the left thinks."

Think Progress notes that a Nexis search indicates Van Susteren has not revealed her husband's role in the PAC and that just last week defended her on-air chumminess by saying, “The only way that I’ve met them is by interviewing them."