Saturday, 05 July 2008
ANDERSON & GRETA: ATTACK & RESPOND
Greta Van Susteren has finally had enough.
After all this time she has decided to respond to the ever-envious CNN's
continual sniping at her and her show, and their arrogant attitude
that Anderson Cooper is above her in some way.
Here is Ms. Susteren's commentary - sorry for the lengh but I thought
you'd want to see every word:
July 4th, 2008
12:32 PM Eastern
by Greta Van Susteren
KEEPING THEM (CNN) HONEST
(ok, I admit I am having fun with CNN with this headline since
that is what they flash up on their screen every night at 10
I just read this statement by the
executive producer of CNNs Anderson Cooper show (see below) Anderson Coopers
show competes directly with ON THE RECORD. I feel somewhat reluctant to give
them this free advertising but my staff deserves to keep them honest - in other
words defend against what is an obviously effort to make less of our hard work
covering news for you.
What I dont get is that Anderson
Cooper recently blogged and bragged that he did not take shots at the
competition (meaning me and meaning ON THE RECORD.) Do take note: I did not fire
first. I have been doing my own job and not insulting them or trying to make
less of them. They fired first and I am responding as I am sure you would do
likewise. It is thus time to keep CNN honest about their show. Coooper lets his
surrogate attempt to make less of our show.my executive producer did not and
would not do this and I would not permit it. So here is the quote:
Were a news program, while Ms. Van Susterens show is
not a news program, Mr. Doss told TVNewser on Tuesday. Its missing-person-of-the-day. Theres an
audience for that, but its not what we do. Were covering the world, not just
covering whos missing today.
Not a news program?
Now why is he picking a fight?
and why is trying to make less of us at 10pm ? Is it because we consistently
beat them and have for years?
This is silly that the CNN
executive producer of Anderson Cooper is taking a swipe at our hard work but I
am going to defend my staff from what is intended to pretend our show is not
Yes, now let me KEEP THEM
Lets take a look at thisI asked
someone to get me some information (I am busy at 10pm so do not get to watch
their show.) What CNN is doing at ten? And how do they conduct themselves?
Credibility or not?
To paraphrase MS/NBCs Keith
Olbermann, yes many in the news industry behind the scenes - even my friends at
CNN - laugh about the fact that CNNs 10pm show has been a marketing
experiment. It has been rumored that in one year they spent about 27 million
dollars in advertising of Anderson Cooper in their experiment. No network has
ever spent that kind of money just to market one person. By the way, the
President of CNN told me that Anderson Cooper has a staff of nearly 60. We beat
them with our staffof about 12.
They have even done some rather
bizarre (demeaning?) marketing. They have put Anderson Cooper on plastic bags
like they are selling breakfast cereal.
Here is another example and you
decide: CNN sells T shirts of Anderson Cooper not just promoting the show (all
networks sell T shirts ) but check this out:
Not my boo? yikesnot exactly
I know that the CNN executive
producer is busy himself at 10pm.but, alas, if he watched ON THE RECORD at
10pm, he would know about our news show: we do everything that CNN does but we
are not taking swipes and trying to make less of them.
They do news of the day. We do
news of the day.
They do weather, we do weather.
You would think with all their marketing that Anderson Cooper was the only one
who covered Katrina.we were there, all producers were there, all my colleagues
were therebut guess what? so was every one else in every news outlet in the
nation!! The fact is that all the other news organizations had the dignity not
to try and make a marketing experiment out of a giant catastrophe! Only one
anchor wrote a book and thus collected money from Katrina. The rest of us saw
the suffering and simply reported it rather than exploit it.
CNN does politics at 10, we do
politics at 10. We have traveled with the President on 2 overseas trips which
BOTH included lengthy one on one interviews with the President in less than a
years time. I have interviewed Secretary of State RicePresident Clintonand
every candidate for President including the two current nominees. I have had
multiple interviews with Senator Hillary Clinton, President Clinton, President
George H. W. Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, First Lady Barbara Bush and even
traveled throughout the Middle East with First Lady Laura Bush. I could go on
and on. I guess these are missing persons, too. HhmLets keep CNN honestthe
last I checked, none of these political leaders was a missing
Now let me get to crime. Do not
be fooledCNN at 10pm does crime. I have a giant list of crimes CNN has covered
at 10pm. Here is the difference - we do it better. So yes, we get lots of
attention. We do it much better because I leave the studio and take the viewers
to many crime scenes. Plus, unlike those on the side lines, I am the real thing
- I spent 15 years in the criminal courts trying criminal cases and dont get my
information from a teleprompterI get it from both investigation and experience.
And by the way, missing persons are important. Perhaps if CNN hit the road and
spoke to the families they would understand something you dont get from the
It is true.CNN does polygamy
better. I will give that to them but it is because they have so much more
experience with the polygamy story than any other network. They were obsessed
with itnight after night after nighteven assigning multiple correspondents to
the story to report only for Anderson Cooper.
After about 13 (?) years of being
the #1 woman in all of cable news.and ON THE RECORD being in the top 5 cable
news show for so many years, it gets tiresome listening to CNN bragging about
themselves. Saying it is so doesnt make it so. Lets keep them
AN INVESTIGATION JOHN CONYERS WON'T BE CONDUCTING
John Conyers is the long-time congressman from Detroit. He and his wife
seem to constantly be under suspicion of illegal activities (which I
will detail below).
Incredibly, he also chairs the house judiciary committee -- and loves to
investigate anything and everything that will get him a headline, more often
than not for issues unrelated to his congressional duties.
His latest foray into the ridiculous was earlier this year, when he came to
New York to "investigate" the acquittal of three policemen in the
shooting of a man in Queens, during his bachelor party.
Maybe there is a Queens congressperson who would like to investigate why
Detroit has turned into a citywide shambles while Conyers has represented
it. Or possibly Conyers' apparently prolific use of taxpayer-paid staffers
to perform personal work for he and his wife.
In any event, here, excerpted from today's
article in the Detroit News, is an investigation which I somehow doubt
Mr. Conyers will be participating in:
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Bribe probe ensnarls Conyers
Feds: Surveillance evidence suggests councilwoman
took money tied to waste pact
Paul Egan / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- Federal investigators have
electronic surveillance evidence that allegedly links Detroit City Council
President Pro Tem Monica Conyers with receiving a payment or payments in
connection with a city-approved sludge contract, two people familiar with the
Conyers -- who changed her position from speaking
in opposition to the sludge contract to voting in favor of it -- and at least
one other council member are under FBI investigation in connection with possible
bribes related to the $47 million contract with Synagro Technologies Inc. of
Houston, one of the people familiar with the investigation said Friday. Bribes
allegedly paid to people connected with the city but not members of the City
Council also are under investigation, one person said.
Conyers, the spouse of U.S. Rep. John Conyers,
D-Detroit, has been absent from City Council meetings since news of the scandal
broke June 28. She declined comment Friday.
"I'm not feeling well right now," she said in a
brief telephone interview. "When I get back to work, I'll get back to work."
Former Monica Conyers aide Sam Riddle, who earlier
said the FBI had tapped his cell phone and examined his bank records, said
Friday that Rayford W. Jackson, a Detroit businessman under investigation in
connection with the alleged payoffs, owes him money and wrote him two checks
In November, the City Council voted 5-4 to award a
contract to Synagro that would pay the company close to $47 million a year to
haul and treat the city's sewage sludge. Synagro was represented in the deal by
James Rosendall, a Grand Rapids businessman who recently stepped down from his
appointed post on the Michigan Transportation Commission. Jackson, of RAS
Development Inc., was a local partner on the deal.
The Synagro investigation is part of a broader FBI
probe of City Hall that has examined contracts related to Cobo Center and other
city departments and spans several years.
Last week, Synagro announced it had suspended
Rosendall without pay and had stopped payments on its contract with Jackson.
Alvin L. Thomas II, Synagro executive vice president and general counsel, said
Synagro is cooperating with the FBI investigation and is not a target.
Riddle, who worked as a consultant to Conyers and
who said he turned down an FBI request to cooperate with the investigation by
wearing a wire, said Friday that Jackson owes him money for a consulting project
they worked on in February 2007 and that Jackson wrote him two corporate checks
that bounced. Riddle would not say how much Jackson owes him but said, "I intend
to collect, still."
Riddle said he is unaware of Conyers soliciting
money in connection with the sludge contract and unaware of anyone paying her
money in connection with the contract. Also, "I've never accepted money from
anyone that I delivered to Monica Conyers," Riddle said.
"If they've listened to my phone conversations
with her ... I don't know how they might interpret some of those conversations,"
Riddle said. "I dealt with her on a couple of levels -- on her campaign, and as
Riddle said he does not believe he has billed
Conyers for any consulting work since September or October.
It was not clear Friday whether the electronic
surveillance involving Conyers was audiotaped or videotaped or both.
Another person the FBI is interested in talking to
in connection with the investigation is Michael Tardif, a political adviser to
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and a member of the Democratic National
Committee, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Friday.
Tardif could not be reached for comment Friday.
His attorney, David DuMouchel, declined comment. James Canning, a mayoral
spokesman, could not be reached for comment Friday.
FBI agents investigating the Synagro contract have
also asked questions about Bernard Kilpatrick, who is the mayor's father and a
Detroit business consultant.
The mayor, who is awaiting trial on unrelated
perjury and other felony charges related to his testimony at a police
whistle-blower trial last year, has denied any involvement in the Synagro
contract or ensuing investigation.
How many different ways do you figure John and Monica Conyers will be under a
cloud of suspicion before national media pick up on it? The story line is
a beaut - the investigator and his wife under investigation themselves. I
bet if Mr. and Ms. Conyers were Republican it would be all over the news - not
just in Detroit but everywhere else.
But Detroit is owned and operated
by Democrats. So the allegations (with plenty of evidence, let's remember) of John and Monica Conyers' use of
their staff as indentured slaves and Monica Conyers' taking bribes, then suddenly
changing her vote ...not to mention Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's
use of the city funds as a personal piggy bank?
That's BO-ring. No story there, sheeple, nothing to see.
Just move along, move along.....
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
TROOP MORALE IN IRAQ
Granted, not every soldier feels this way.
But for those who keep trying to convince themselves that our troops in Iraq
have successfully been killjoyed and disheartened by the war, it might be
instructive too see the following blog from John Hinderaker at www.powerlineblog.com:
Celebrating Independence Day in Baghdad
In what is being described as the largest re-enlistment ceremony in the history of the American
military, 1,215 servicemen and
women signed up for a combined 5,500 years of additional service earlier today
General David Petraeus oversaw the
Petraeus, reiterating earlier remarks
made by Command Sergeant Major Hill, said that the unprecedented ceremony
sends a message to friend and foe alike. He told those assembled that it is
impossible to calculate the value of what you are giving to our country . . .
For no bonus, no matter the size, can adequately compensate you for the
contribution each of you makes as a custodian of our nations
Fittingly, the re-enlistment took place in one of
Saddam's former palaces.
MONICA CONYERS (??? - DETROIT)
When a Republican runs afoul of the law, mainstream media
are virtually guaranteed to identify that person as a
But when a Democrat runs afouls of the law, mainstream media are more than
likely to identify that person as a ????????.
The latest example comes to us from Mark Finkelstein of www.newsbusters.org:
Say, Today, What Party Do the
Conyers Belong To?
Add Monica Conyers's
name to that list of Dems run afoul of the law whose party affiliation the MSM
fails to mention. Conyers, the Detroit City Council President Pro Tem, a
Democrat and an Obama supporter, has
made unwelcome headlines before, from getting into an argument with an
eight-grader to allegedly threatening to shoot an aide to the Detroit mayor. Now things have taken a
turn for the worse. According to the Detroit News in an article today entitled
Bribe probe ensnarls Conyers:
Federal investigators have electronic
surveillance evidence that allegedly links Detroit City Council President Pro
Tem Monica Conyers with receiving a payment or payments in connection with a
city-approved sludge contract.
Ruh-roh. Conyers is the wife of John
Conyers, the Dem Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who continues to toy
with the notion of seeking to impeach President Bush. So how did this morning's Today show report the story?
View video here.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: The Detroit News is reporting
this morning that Monica Conyers, wife of long-time Congressman John Conyers,
was caught on a surveillance camera allegedly taking bribes. Conyers is
a city councilwoman in Detroit. The paper reports she received a payment or
payments in connection with a city contract. Mrs. Conyers declined to
The only capital 'D' to be found in Today's report
was the one in Detroit News.
Let's play "what if." What if the Republican
elected-official wife of a prominent House Republican had been arrested in
similar circumstances? Odds Today would have omitted the pair's party
If this happened a couple of times you could write it off as
happenstance. But if it happens over and over again - as it does -
you have to accept reality and call it a newsroom decision.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
IN CASE YOU THOUGHT IRAN WAS JUST AGAINST ISRAELIS
Sadly, there are people who actually believe that Iran isn't against Jews,
just against Israel.
Even more sadly, there are people who do not understand that, with a very
limited number of exceptions, people who hate Israel, the country also hate
Jews, the people.
In case you happen to be one of them, here's a little tidbit from Iranian
television, courtesy of two great web sites: www.littlegreenfootballs.com and
Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 3:24:32 pm
Heres your daily dose of mind-bogglingly sick
antisemitic propaganda from Iranian TV, in a documentary that claims
Jew-boys have a plan for the genocide of humanity. (Courtesy of MEMRI
to play video. Requires Windows Media
Player; Mac users should install
.Does that make it clear enough? I
THE NY TIMES' LATEST NEGATIVE ATTACK ANGLE FOR IRAQ
Get ready for this one. It's a classic.
Regular readers of the New York Times know that, virtually every day, it
finds some angle to attack our presence in Iraq.
If you are against the war you probably appreciate their efforts, even if you
might also be embarrassed by the Times' lack of journalistic standards
as it, effectively, editorializes on its news pages.
On the other hand, if you support the war or have mixed feelings about it,
you are pretty much just left with the Times' lack of journalistic
Over time, I have chronicled several of the more bizarre angles The
Times has used to downgrade our successes in Iraq. But today's may be the
single most bizarre one of them all. Here it is, excerpted from the
entire article (which I urge you to read):
Despair Drives Suicide Attacks by Iraqi Women
BAQUBA, Iraq Wenza Ali
Mutlaq walked a bit uncertainly up the long street near the main government
offices here on June 22, the hot wind stirring her heavy black abaya. She passed
the concrete barricades put up to ward off suicide car bombers and made her way
alone, almost haphazardly.
Suddenly, a police car zoomed in. A policeman got
out to talk with her. And then their lives were over torn apart, along with 14
other people, by the huge blast of fire from her concealed explosive vest.
Ms. Mutlaq, who was in her 30s and whose attack
was captured on a security video, was the 18th female suicide bomber of the war
to strike in Diyala Province, which has been hit by female attackers much more
frequently than any other province of Iraq, according to Iraqi police records
and the American military. So far, 11 of the 20 suicide bombings carried out by
women in Iraq this year have occurred in Diyala.
Why so many women? Why now? In a particularly
painful twist, the phenomenon seems to have arisen at least in part because of
successes in detaining and killing local members of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a homegrown Sunni insurgent group that American intelligence officials
say is led by foreigners.
The women who become suicide bombers often have
lost close male relatives a husband, a brother, a son in fighting, because
they became suicide bombers themselves or because they were detained by American
or Iraqi security forces.
Ms. Mutlaq was no exception: her older brother had
already taken the same path, detonating a suicide vest on June 10 during a
shootout with Iraqi government forces.
If theres one single trend that I see, its the
womens relationship with the male figures that were members of A.Q.I. and were
captured or killed, said a senior military analyst, who spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was discussing information that had not been released
The subordinate role of women in conservative,
rural Sunni families in Diyala makes them particularly vulnerable to pressure,
said Sajar Qaduri, a member of the Diyala Provincial Council and the only woman
on its security committee.
Although she is bombing herself and aiming to
kill people, I feel these women are really victims of terrorism, said Mrs.
Qaduri, who is a Shiite and whose husband was kidnapped two years ago and has
not been heard from since. Only women in despair, in desperate situations,
would do this. Dealing with such a phenomenon is not easy.
Please understand what you are reading here. The Times' negative angle
du jour is that we are doing so well in decimating al qaeda Iraq (AQI) that it
is depressing the women associated with them, so they are more willing to
die killing innocent people than they used to be.
What are we supposed to do? Feel bad that US and Iraqi troops are
neutralizing AQI murderers?
The alternative, of course, is to leave the AQI murderers alive and well so
they can do it instead of their wives, mothers, girlfriends, etc. I'm sure
the Times would be running positive articles about that, one after
I'm particularly drawn to that delightful quote the writer, Alissa J. Rubin,
made sure to toss in: "Although she is bombing herself and aiming to
kill people, I feel these women are really victims of terrorism" What are
we supposed to, be sympathetic to this murderer? WHY is she a
victim? Because her murdering male relative was stopped from killing
people? THAT makes her a VICTIM?
Even in today's sorry state of media, few publications but the New York
Times would present this kind of insanity to you under the guise of straight
news reportage. And there it is, right on page one.
Oh, by the way, weren't we told that Al Qaeda wasn't actually in Iraq?
Maybe the Times will do an article on that for tomorrow's edition. Don't
bet against it.