Memo to Fox News management: Get Greta Van Susteren some anger management help before she does serious damage to someone, herself or your news channel's brand identity.
Van Susteren, who has bared her attack dog teeth more than once against me and this blog since I dared to criticize her cotton-candy interview of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last fall, is out of control on the Web once again. Following her online attack on me for saying she was "overly friendly" in her first Palin interview, she followed up with a post attacking Howard Kurtz, media critic at the Washington Post, because he dared to quote me. But then, she tried to take the post down before anyone noticed. Only someone already had.
This time, she is railing against Politico for reporting that her husband, John Coale, helped Palin set up a political action committee.
For those readers who don't want to navigate all those links, let me give you the bottom line: Politico's story seems solid enough to me -- while Van Susteren sounds out of control once again.
Here is the gist of what Politico reported in a larger story that focused on Palin -- not on Van Susteren or her "Palin confidante" of a husband:
On her blog, Van Susteren rants against the story -- and then, confirms everything and more in it.
Here's a bite of Van Susteren's writing in case a journey to the dark side of the Greta Wire is just too horrible to contemplate. (The use of bold face, underlines and peculiar punctuation are Van Susteren's -- not mine.)
How could I have ever accused Van Susteren of losing her journalistic compass when it came to Palin? What came over me? She defines dispassion, does she not?
Seriously, though, this kind of, shall we say, less than "fair and balanced" behavior might be okay for someone like Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly who earn top ratings for Fox News. But not Van Susteren, the weakest link in an otherwise ratings killer of a prime-time Fox lineup. Time for the adults at Fox to rein her in.