The ‘Serious Journalistic Conflicts’ of Fox’s Van Susteren

Blogging on “Greta Van Susteren’s defensive response” to reports “saying that one of the reasons that Sarah Palin has been caught up in a ‘series of public relations gaffes’ is because she is ‘taking advice from Greta and her husband,'” major GOP booster John Coale, the Huffington Post‘s Geoffrey Dunn (3/29/09) thinks the Fox News host “Doth Protest Too Much”:

Let me give Van Susteren her due. This is a serious charge of direct professional misconduct, and there should have been more than a throwaway line from an unnamed source to back it up. The allegation begs further questioning.

But what Van Susteren does acknowledge in her “brief” on the subject is equally troubling:

  1. She acknowledges that her husband, John Coale, has been advising Palin, that they are in weekly contact, and that he played a central role in the formation of her national political action committee, SarahPAC–all while she has been covering Palin for Fox News.
  2. She acknowledges that her husband met Palin through Van Susteren’s media contacts with the governor. In short, he used his wife’s journalistic access to Palin to gain his own political access.

At least one thing is obvious to Dunn: “There are some serious journalistic conflicts of interest taking place here, and Van Susteren is either being duplicitous or disingenuous to characterize them as ‘silly.'”