Van Susteren again promotes Palin without disclosing husband's ties to her
On the July 9 edition of Fox News' On the Record, Newt Gingrich pointed out to host Greta Van Susteren that she should know what a wonderful person Sarah Palin because "you've probably covered her more than anybody in the country."
There's a likely reason for that, which neither Gingrich nor Van Susteren mentioned: Van Susteren's husband, John Coale, served as an adviser to Palin after the 2008 presidential campaign.
As we've detailed , Coale said he started Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, as well as a legal defense fund for her. SarahPAC, by the way, issued the Palin-centric video that Van Susteren was promoting on her show for the second night in a row during Gingrich's appearance.
While Van Susteren has denied any close ties with Palin, she has also repeatedly failed to disclose her husband's ties -- not while promoting the SarahPAC video last night, and not last November when she "hopped on the bus " with Palin as she was promoting her memoir.
Fox News' evening hosts apparently have free rein to merge commentary and advocacy , but this is basic journalistic ethics -- a clear conflict of interest that demands full disclosure. Van Susteren still doesn't seem to understand that.