Tom Cruise's Former Spiritual Mentor Continues to Piss Off Scientologists

Louis Peitzman · 04/07/12 11:58AM

Today's edition of The Independent offers a profile of Marty Rathbun, a member of the Church of Scientology for 27 years, now considered a "heretic." As a high-ranking official, Rathbun worked with high-profile Scientologists like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Greta Van Susteren. Since he left the Church, he has been hounded by damaging allegations and a weirdly persistent "documentary crew" known as the "SQUIRREL BUSTERS."

Keith Olbermann Will No Longer Be Authority on World's Worst People

Louis Peitzman · 03/10/12 09:49AM

In response to more cries of liberal double standards, Keith Olbermann is suspending his "Worst Persons in the World" segment. It's all over remarks the Current TV host made three years ago about conservative commentators Michelle Malkin and S.E. Cupp. (If you guessed he called either of them a "slut," you'd be wrong.)

Ten People Who Should Quit the Media in 2012

Hamilton Nolan · 12/30/11 10:00AM

This is not just a list of media people we don't like. Nor is it just a list of media people who had a bad year. This is a list of media people who—abundant evidence shows—should not be in the media, any more. Give it up. Try something else. (We'll even make a suggestion.) You've given it a shot. It's not working any more. The media is not for you.

Look, Greta Van Susteren Is Not a 'Real Journalist,' Okay?

Hamilton Nolan · 12/01/11 10:25AM

Rigidly visaged Fox News television presenter Greta Van Susteren has already established herself as the least journalistic "journalist" in all of this great land, due to her complete mystification as to the very concept of journalism. This is most clearly evidenced by the fact that she is close personal friends with newsworthy figures, yet continues to pretend that she is "covering" them as a "journalist," rather than "performing metaphorical fellatio upon them" like a "fanboy." Whether you think this is convenient or inconvenient is closely correlated with whether or not you think Fox News is a "good" news network.

Meet Gloria Cain

Jim Newell · 11/14/11 02:49PM

Herman Cain's wife, Gloria, will finally appear with Fox News' Greta van Susteren tonight for her big introduction to the world! Since you won't watch that, here's a 37-second preview — just enough to "get" her.

Surprisingly, Fox News Didn't Use This Video of a Smart, Articulate Protester

Max Read · 10/03/11 09:00PM

Here's a video of Occupy Wall Street protester Jesse LaGreca being interviewed by a Fox News producer last Wednesday for a segment for Greta Van Susteren's show. "We're here [...] to give you fair coverage," the producer tells LaGreca, only... this segment never aired, while a bunch of others, involving much less articulate and issue-literate protesters, did (on other shows, to be fair). I wonder why. [New York Observer]

Every Journalist Got a New Job This Week

Hamilton Nolan · 08/19/11 01:51PM

In your finally Friday media column: Michael Daly is leaving the NY Daily News, NewsBeast is a revolving door, Greta Van Susteren bolsters her "Fakest Journalist" credentials, a reporter quits in style, and something notable printed in The Daily.

Mark Halperin Has Now Called Obama Both Types of Genitalia

Hamilton Nolan · 06/30/11 02:27PM

In your pleasant Thursday media column: Mark Halperin's Obama's-a-pussy flashback, Ashton Kutcher vs. the Village Voice, Greta Van Susteren calls for more outrage, an angry subject sues David Grann, and Brits are coming for you news.

Celebs No Longer Have to Write Their Own Crappy HuffPo 'Blogs'

Hamilton Nolan · 06/16/11 02:17PM

In your mordant Thursday media column: Arianna Huffington offers concierge service, layoff rumors at Meredith (confirmed), Tina Brown on snark, the Guardian's digital future, and Greta Van Susteren's embarrassment of the day.

Greta Van Susteren Unclear on What Journalism Is

Hamilton Nolan · 06/10/11 03:04PM

In your finally Friday media column: Greta Van Susteren stands up for Sarah Palin, the NYT vs. HuffPo Twitter traffic war, an excellent history of The National, Conde Nast must have its own air, and Larry King comments on penises.

Sarah Palin Has Fire in Her Belly

Jim Newell · 05/20/11 10:58AM

Which one of you liberal pranksters lit a fire in Sarah Palin's belly? Because she's totally confirmed that yes, there is some sort of flame now roasting her innards, the sort of internal situation that makes one want to run for president.

Sarah Palin: 'I Am Through Whining About A Liberal Press'

Jim Newell · 03/24/11 01:55PM

Globetrotting grifter Sarah Palin sat down with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss Libya, her recent vacation, you name it. What she would not spend the whole interview doing is "whining" about the "liberal press," her favorite activity which she's quitting now that she's "made my point."

Sarah Palin's Incredibly Clever State of the Union Joke

Max Read · 01/27/11 02:03AM

Former Governor of Alaska and alternate-universe U.S. President Sarah Palin was on Fox News host Greta Van Susteren's show On the Recorder to talk about the State of the Union. And she packed her bag of zingers!