Last night’s “On the Record” with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren was quite the slam fest. Van Susteren went so far as to call Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Playbook writer Mike Allen “stupid” during her interview with former Alaska Gov. and V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin. Van Susteren also said they “shamed themselves.”
The longtime Washington journalists drew the ire of Van Susteren and Palin for a story published last night on the GOP establishment’s mission to stop a potential Palin presidential candidacy. Named sources in the most recent version of the story include former White House adviser Karl Rove, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh‘s comments from his show. Palin called it “yellow journalism,” and called the reporters “unprofessional” and “jokes.” She reasoned Politico paper wouldn’t be good enough to wrap her salmon. The story says Palin hasn’t faced serious criticism in public in a campaign setting. To which she replied, “Holy geez where have they been the last couple of years?”
Politico had no comment on the matter.
> Update: Politico released this comment from VandeHei: “We have promised since the earliest days of POLITICO to pull back the curtain on how Washington really works and to let readers inside the conversations taking place among the people in power. Sometimes that requires extensive use of anonymous sources. This is what GOP insiders in this city are talking about and their concerns are widely known, if not publicly discussed. None of these Republicans would speak on the record for obvious reasons: they fear the backlash from Palin and her very passionate supporters around the country.”
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