Greta Van Susteren hosted RNC chair Reince Priebus last night for a bash session discussion about what she called Harry Reid’s “dirty” tactics in citing an unnamed source to accuse Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for a decade. Van Susteren said, “It’s one thing to name names so it can be investigated to see if it’s true. It is another thing to just stir up gossip and rumor by throwing around explosive and poisonous allegations.” That is, unless such allegations come from a Fox fave like Donald Trump or Sarah Palin. Or even Priebus who right then and there went on to make an unsubstantiated and poisonous allegation about President Obama to which Van Susteren offered no challenge.
Although Van Susteren assailed Reid’s “deplorable political behavior,” where was her outrage when she discussed Donald Trump’s birtherism a few months ago? Van Susteren was skeptical but respectful towards his claim – that wasn’t even based on any sources at all, other than his supposed investigation in Hawaii which he has yet to cough up. Trump also made unsupported suggestions that Obama was improperly admitted to Harvard and Columbia and that “maybe he’s a Muslim” who didn’t write his own book. Yet despite Trump’s record of sourceless attacks, Van Susteren treated him as a credible terrorism expert as he denigrated President Obama’s role in the killing of Bin Laden.
Then there’s Van Susteren’s BFF Sarah Palin. After she lectured President Obama on the Constitutionality (or lack thereof) of his health care reform, Palin offered up, “If Obama is re-elected, well, America, you will no longer recognize the country that today you truly love and can enjoy all of its freedom and prosperity and security.” No objection from Van Susteren to that inflammatory, unsubstantiated accusation. Nor when Palin referred to union leaders in Wisconsin as “thugs” and said they, along with the Obama administration, “want to quash that entrepreneurial spirit and resource development opportunities from America, so that a centralized, growing government will take the private sector’s place.”
In fact, right in that same segment last night, Priebus said about Obama, “I think that this president’s got a problem with the American dream in this country. This is what it comes down to.” Van Susteren didn’t even seem to notice.
So — the next time Sheriff Joe Arpaio opens his pie-hole about an “investigation” into President Obama’s birth certificate, you’ll vigorously defend the President . . . right, Greta?
Just what would they be investigating? Not the tax returns, that’s for sure. The right doesn’t care what’s in Mitts tax returns. They only want a name so they can trash the person who leaked this. They would probably say that person is envious of Mitt.