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The Palin/Van Susteren Connection: What's Wrong With This Picture

Reported by Ellen - March 23, 2009 -

Geoffrey Dunn has a great article on the Huffington Post laying out all the troubling aspects of Greta Van Susteren's relationship with Sarah Palin. Dunn writes: At best, it's a clear case of journalistic conflict-of-interest on behalf of Van Susteren; at worst, it's a sleazy, national power play.

Dunn writes:

While there's something ironic about Alaska's most famous evangelical Christians pallin' around with a couple who believes that 75 million years ago an entity named Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling DC-8 airliners, it's all been good for Van Susteren's ratings. It's also expanded her television profile from the narrow confines of legal journalism to broader national political commentary. She's ridden Palin's conservative steed into an entirely new level of public exposure.

Dunn also notes the hypocrisy of Van Susteren's hissy fit over the jabs at Bristol Palin, considering that it was Van Susteren's interview with the teen Mom that catapulted her into the spotlight.

It was Van Susteren who made Bristol Palin a public figure, who pulled her out of her privacy with her child, and who played the ratings game with Bristol's private life. Not once did Van Susteren acknowledge that fact, reflect on it, nor express any regret for doing so. Not once. So much for insight and compassion. Bristol Palin has Van Susteren to thank for her being the butt of late-night jokes. Because Van Susteren went that far to make a buck.

And then Van Susteren had the nerve to tell Bill O'Reilly, shortly before her husband's role as an advisor to Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions were outed in the Washington Post,

"The only way that I've met (the Palins) is by interviewing them. So, you know, I don't socialize or spend a lot of time with them. But I do have a little bit of a sense having interviewed them multiple times."

Dunn also notes that Van Susteren and her husband (both are lawyers) have been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Supreme Court of Appeals in West Virginia.

You can read the rest of the post here.