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May 26, 2009

Unique Relationships

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“There are always some sort of, let’s just say, unique relationships that happen when you live in Washington,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s the culture of that town.”… He said Ms. Van Susteren did “not necessarily” have to disclose on television that her husband had worked with Ms. Palin. — NYT quoting Bill Shine, the executive vice president for programming, FOX News)

Credit the NYT for taking dead aim at Greta for serving as First Dude’s handler during the (weekend of the) White House Correspondents Dinner, escorting him to the lead up garden party, the dinner itself and an after-party. (Above we see the two arriving together at the main event.) Having also provided Palin with an uncritical TV platform, Van Susteren flaunts a conflict of interest given her lawyer husband’s professional involvement with the Palins.

That being the case, this photo and others (1, 2, 3) from that weekend are not just Washington glitterati shots. They represent visual evidence, above and beyond the connectivity and comraderie between media and government, of ethical collapse. If there were any number of photos that night of political figures with media players, those photos did not represent this kind of hand holding.

(image: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images. May 9, 2009 in Washington, DC)

  • stevelaudig

    Her ethics are as real as her face. Both are skin jobs.

  • elfpix

    They’re having an affair.

  • acm

    oddly, the picture gave me the same feeling as elfpix — awfully chummy. of course, I don’t even know who she is, as a consequence of having no interest in TV chatters. but it was hard not to think of Camilla . . .

  • DanM

    Rather than owning up to her and her husband’s poor judgment on so many counts with regard to the Palins, VanSustern will likely salvage her career once Sarah fades into the background, with statements along the lines of “It’s not like she succeeded at anything — OBVIOUSLY I wasn’t helping her. It was just research for my tell-all novelette: ‘Sarah & Todd – Proud & Odd’.”

  • yg

    just how much do greta van susteren and tom cruise share in common?

  • g

    Is this so uncommon as to be unprecedented? I can’t think of the last time a sitting elected official’s family member appeared in public as the guest of a member of the media. What kind of message does that give?
    what incredibly poor judgement – if not on the part of Greta, then on the part of the Palin’s to accept.

  • DennisQ

    The people at Fox News aren’t journalists. Call them whatever you like, or make the term journalists so inclusive that it refers to public relations flacks. When real journalists go to work for Fox News, they remain part of “the media” but they can’t claim objectivity or credibility.
    I used to like Greta van Susteren, but I don’t respect anybody at Fox News. It may be that money is very important to her. She could have a competitive relationship with her husband, who is a wealthy lawyer. She has to have her own money because she can’t stand being seen as a kept woman. Ironically, she pals around with Todd Palin, who may be dealing with exactly the same issue.

  • DanM

    My guess is Todd has no problem being a kept woman.
    Just a guess.

  • Dee

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