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Greta Van Susteren Cancels Bob Woodward Interview
TV Newser ^ | September 23, 2010 | Alex Weprin

Posted on 09/23/2010 2:39:05 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

“On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren just posted to GretaWire, saying that she canceled an interview with veteran journalist Bob Woodward, who was scheduled to speak about his new book, Obama’s Wars.

Why?

I just cancelled a Bob Woodward new book interview because the publisher won’t get me a copy to READ BEFORE I do the interview. ON THE RECORD at ten is not the Home Shopping Channel – I actually read the books before I do the interview out of respect for the viewers Her decision is understandable, with many television hosts wanting to be informed about a book before interviewing the author.

While the book has been a regular subject on the cable news channels over the last few days, those discussions have focused on excerpts that appeared in the New York Times and USA Today, rather than from the book itself. In other words, as of this morning, it does not appear that any of the cable news channels have a review copy of the book.

That would not be unusual for Woodward, who often does not reveal that he has even been working on a book until just a few weeks before it is slated to be published. But why stiff Van Susteren and the other cable channels?

That may have something to do with the fact that Woodward has given ABC News the first TV interview about Obama’s Wars. Woodward will sit down with Diane Sawyer September 27, the same day his book is released.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bobwoodward; gretavansustern
Who goofed?
1 posted on 09/23/2010 2:39:07 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

Good for her, instead of just taking the Obama white house pushing talks


2 posted on 09/23/2010 2:40:21 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Woodward can go pimp his puff piece on the commie networks.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 2:41:23 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Beaten Valve

It was stupid to not get Greta a book.


4 posted on 09/23/2010 2:42:08 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Beaten Valve
ON THE RECORD at ten is not the Home Shopping Channel – I actually read the books before I do the interview out of respect for the viewers...

The Home Shopping Channel is not amused...

5 posted on 09/23/2010 2:42:15 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Beaten Valve

NBC turned him down too, only because the book doesnt’ fit the “All Praise Obama” template.


6 posted on 09/23/2010 2:44:07 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Beaten Valve

All she need do is grill Woodward on the comment Bammie made to him about how America could “absorb” another muzzie attack.

That’s all anyone wants to know about. The rest of the book is... “who cares?”

She shoulda done the interview. Just based on that.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 2:44:41 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Beaten Valve

It’s not as if this is a bill affecting 1/6 of the economy.


8 posted on 09/23/2010 2:45:11 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Beaten Valve; Freddd; Retired Greyhound

Good Grief!

This would basically mean that Woodward could have a one-sided plug for his work, wherein he could say just about anything he wanted while the host could only nod.

That is ridiculous. I guess ABC demanded this exclusivity and Woodward needed the money they were paying. But that doesn’t mean anyone else has to play.

I don’t think Woodward is so hot that he can expect the cable networks to pander to him quite that hard.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 2:45:50 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Beaten Valve

I thought some other hosts on FOX already had the book...????


10 posted on 09/23/2010 2:46:34 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Beaten Valve

The publishing of a book about how a sitting President is conducting a war while that war is on-going is troubling to me - and no doubt of great interest to The Taliban and Al-Qaeda.


11 posted on 09/23/2010 2:47:19 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Good for Greta! We cannot trust anything that Woodward says anyway. He has been an obvious fantasist for at least 35 years.
12 posted on 09/23/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Beaten Valve

Greta Van Scientologist goofed. You mean Fox News or Greta didn’t have the money to shell out for the book?


13 posted on 09/23/2010 2:48:49 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (They don't let you build churches in Mecca)
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To: Beaten Valve

Last time I tried to read anything by him was the John Belushi biography when I was a kid. I gave up a fifth of the way in. His prose is unreadable.

I much preferred the Berke Breathed Bloom County spoof: “Frazzled: The Life and Fast Times of Bill the Cat”.


14 posted on 09/23/2010 2:51:12 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Responsibility2nd
All she need do is grill Woodward on the comment Bammie made to him about how America could “absorb” another muzzie attack.

That’s all anyone wants to know about. The rest of the book is... “who cares?”

She shoulda done the interview. Just based on that.

She can still bring that up without doing the interview and giving Woodward a chance to sugar coat it.

15 posted on 09/23/2010 2:52:40 PM PDT by Balata ( Before: Reagan- Bob Hope, Johnnie Cash : Now; Obama- No Hope, and No Cash)
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To: Beaten Valve

Three cheers for Greta. She has showns journalistic integrity. Woodward and his publisher do not. They want interviewers who can’t possibly ask thougtful questions about their book. No doubt the book must stink from an intellectual point of view.


16 posted on 09/23/2010 2:53:05 PM PDT by Mack Truck
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To: Beaten Valve

I guess the Fox News bathrooms will be stocked with Charmin as usual.


17 posted on 09/23/2010 2:54:56 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Try to keep up.

The book is not yet for sale.

The publisher did not issue an advance copy as is usual.

Greta wasn't going to “Home Shopping Network” his book for him, she wanted to talk to him ABOUT the book, which would be difficult if she had not read it.

Greta is a Scientologist?

18 posted on 09/23/2010 2:57:51 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: allmendream

“The book is not yet for sale.

The publisher did not issue an advance copy as is usual.”

Exactly. Way to many kneejerk reactions on FR lately.


19 posted on 09/23/2010 3:01:57 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Beaten Valve

Hey, can Greta also cancel Woodward’s propaganda book???


20 posted on 09/23/2010 3:03:32 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Congrats to Greta for refusing to play the publishers game (interviewing a guest via a list of prepared questions supplied by the publisher).


21 posted on 09/23/2010 3:04:19 PM PDT by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Lol

Gotta love Greta.

She’s my favorite on Fox.


22 posted on 09/23/2010 3:08:45 PM PDT by earlJam
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To: Beaten Valve

Does anyone read Woodward’s books, except for the Beltway press?


23 posted on 09/23/2010 3:09:28 PM PDT by Defiant (Liberals care more about the Koran than they did about Terri Schiavo.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Woodward goofed, in fear of the tough questions Greta might have come up with had she read the book.


24 posted on 09/23/2010 3:17:39 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Beaten Valve

I don’t find her interviews to be particularly hard-hitting, so we’ll eventually get the same interview later.


25 posted on 09/23/2010 3:26:52 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Go back to DU troll.


26 posted on 09/23/2010 3:27:54 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: allmendream

Is Greta Van Susteren a scientologist? Fox News host Greta VanSusteren and her husband, John P. Coale, are members of Scientology.

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1898654


27 posted on 09/23/2010 3:29:35 PM PDT by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: preacher
Wow, you can never tell what otherwise sane and rational appearing people will believe about the unknown and the unknowable.

Sheesh, Scientologists really got their theology out of a Cracker Jack box! I have heard more sensible narratives and explanations from a two year old, and they were fibbing!

28 posted on 09/23/2010 3:39:36 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: earlJam
Yeah, I agree.
Greta has become one of my favorites for interviews.
She seems informed on the subject matter and asks intellegent and to the point questions instead of endless repetitous soapboxing like some other host(s).
29 posted on 09/23/2010 3:43:15 PM PDT by sjmjax
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“You mean Fox News or Greta didn’t have the money to shell out for the book?”

A little hard to do when it’s not due out till later this month.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 3:50:51 PM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: anniegetyourgun

Greta was better as a reporter during the OJ trial, when her blabathon tendencies were held entirely in check, because she wasn’t in charge. As a reporter, you saw the best of Greta - her brain, and didn’t have to endure her tendency to filibuster in one octave...shrill, or interrupt, often succeeding in upstaging her guests. Having said that, Greta is obviously still smart on some topics, rounds up great guests, and works her dogs off, willing to travel and sweat for a good program, but her history is entirely liberal, until liberal went communist/marxist, so for the time being she appears to have mellowed.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 4:01:35 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: RitaOK

Mellowed? Perhaps. I think it’s more likely just deluded.


32 posted on 09/23/2010 4:03:06 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Freddd

I disagree...

I mean...Bob Woodward’s new book exposes the shocking revelation that Obama feels that we, the United States “can absorb another terrorist attack.”

Seriously? Americans would want to know that.

This explains why he let the “underwear bomber” lawyer-up in the criminal justice system rather than having our intelligence agencies hold him and interrogate him. It also reveals his underlying strategy of withdrawing from our current battle with terrorism, and why his A.G. won’t even use the term “War on Terror.”

Well, I say the the USA has already absorbed a terrorist attack, within the White House, on Wall Street and Main Street, and to the Democrat party. That terrorist is Barack Hussein Obama.

Americans need to know that.

And Greta’s show is a good place for starting that discussion, IMHO.


33 posted on 09/23/2010 4:04:04 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: Beaten Valve

She can cover the scheduled execution tonight of that woman in Virgina...who paid to have her husband and son killed for insurance $$$.


34 posted on 09/23/2010 4:07:02 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Beaten Valve

That never stopped Larry King.


35 posted on 09/23/2010 4:11:12 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Beaten Valve; All

FYI..there was a story today, I think on Politico, on how the NY Times had beaten out the WashPost again...strange, siunce Woodward works for the Post. The Times reporter stated that they had obtained a copy of the book in advance of the release date, and assigned 5 reporters to read it..each one doing 100 pages or so, for the story..


36 posted on 09/23/2010 4:16:46 PM PDT by ken5050 (The meek shall inherit the earth, but no way Kendrick Meek beats Marco Rubio)
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To: Oratam
This book will die a quick death...MSM wants no part of it..OBAMA must be saved at all cost..Conservatives will not read it..
37 posted on 09/23/2010 4:16:55 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Mack Truck
They want interviewers who can’t possibly ask thougtful questions about their book.

Why not. That is the way the government treats the citizens about Obamacare. In fact that is just the way Democrat Congresscritters treat Republicans. Remember Pelosi? "We have to pass the Bill to find out what's in it"?

38 posted on 09/23/2010 4:39:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: Beaten Valve

She actually reads before interviews? Greta for Congress.


39 posted on 09/23/2010 4:53:39 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (Don't make me use uppercase.)
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To: sjmjax

Greta is the most professional journalist on TV.


40 posted on 09/23/2010 5:07:27 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: sjmjax

Yeah. I like Hannity.

I just can’t stand listening to him.

He asks a question of a guest, then proceeds to answer the question with his own perspective and twist.

Greta can sit down and have an intelligent conversation with people, even if she disagrees with them.


41 posted on 09/23/2010 5:07:40 PM PDT by earlJam
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