Greta Van Susteren Blasts “Snooty Journalism Magazines” Over Jill Abramson Inverview

By: Galen Velonis - July 22, 2014

Greta Van Susteren has responded to criticism regarding her interview with former editor Jill Abramson. Van Susteren has faced criticism before, but this time it’s from Elizabeth Spayd of the Columbia Journalism Review who called Abramson’s appearance a “a cheery campaign to bend public opinion her way.”

“Her strategy, in case it’s not obvious, is to seek out prominent female journalists for a congenial discussion of her ousting, so long as there’s no serious discussion of her ousting,” Spayd went on to say, “If female journalists want to be treated equitably, they should abide by their own principles of fairness. That means not giving your own a slide because you think they deserve it. Behaving otherwise is convenient, but it’s not journalism.”

“‘Cheery?’ Is that like ‘perky?’ Is that how she describes men when they do interviews with topics she doesn’t like? Cheery?” Van Susteren wrote in her response on Gretawire, “My interview about her firing and her answers were hardly ‘cheery.’ Snooty journalism magazines – the ones who think they might be the gold standard – might want to do some basics — like first call — before they pontificate.”

Jill Abramson became a hot topic after she was fired from her job as the executive editor of the New York Times. Yahoo was apparently excited that they managed to get Katie Couric the first interview, so that’s what they told Politico.

Embarrassingly enough for Yahoo, after they announced the “exclusive”, Fox News spoke up and said that in fact Van Susteren had the first interview with Abramson a day before Couric. Politico promptly updated their story.

Unfortunately for both Van Susteren and Couric, the first interview for Abramson after her firing was done by Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby on “The Ride Home” radio show on NY1/WABC-AM, as the New York Daily News pointed out.

Not everyone was a critic. The interview was a hit according to author and journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore in an article she wrote for Salon. “Each successive appearance revealed a sharp and knowledgeable Abramson who pulled no punches. But with Van Susteren, she probably revealed more about our media environment—and the state of women in media—than anyone expected,” she wrote, “With Van Susteren she seemed to be engaged in semi-debate with a savvy, politically engaged peer. Couric’s questions were hesitant and clumsy—particularly when reading from a screen about whether or not there was a gender bias in media, which is a question she should probably be familiar enough with to not have to read from a screen.”

Van Susteren hasn’t responded to the praise, but dealing with critics is very familiar to the commentator. Just last month, she dealt with attacks regarding her interview with Hilary Clinton.

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  • Anthony Hoska

    I LOVE Greta! She is one of the best that fox has! Here is a Greta Van Susteren Tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krV3-3L_E64

  • Craig M

    Van Susteren comes across as honest, informative and a refreshing view in comparison to the rest of the media- look forward to her program always.

  • Maxine Graham

    Greta is a real asset to FOX! I love her program! I saw the interview with Abramson and it was very good. Greta is honest, informative, and it is nice to see someone who is absolutely fair in her analysis of any given subject. She doesn’t push one way or the other unless she sees an unjust situation. Any criticism of her must be from those who know they are just not as good as she is.

  • max

    Van Susteren is a feminist above all else, despite her being placed in the “conservative” camp of politics. So I have concluded that she is not an intellectually honorable person and is, in fact, biased in all matters concerning females. For me, she cannot ever recoup her place.

  • yomama

    Look at how butch Greta is…I haven’t seen a bigger rug muncher since that giant moth got loose on the red carpet at the Oscars.

    • devan95

      Cheap shot yo. And wrong. She has been married to the same man since 1979.

  • Jim WILLIAMS

    Those people who criticize Greta’s interview are only jealous like Spayd probably should have been Spayed. Spayd probably Couric’s interview where there was no substance and was a shallow interview. All I can say is miss Spayd crawl back in to your hole and don’t come out till you can say something intelligent that might be a while.

  • Jose Whales

    I don’t watch any cable news, including Fox… but, i have ALWAYS respected Greta… even though i do disagree with her sometimes