The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reported this week that Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, is one of “the figures charged with guiding [Gov. Sarah] Palin’s political image in Washington” — raising questions about a conflict of interest in Van Susteren’s reporting on the governor. Today, Van Susteren said on her blog that her husband is not a “paid adviser” to Palin but that he has “helped her” in the past:
I am getting lots of inquires about my husband John Coale — no, he is not a paid adviser to Governor Palin and never has been. And no, he does not want a job with her or with the other women he has helped. Yes, he has given Governor Palin advice and helped her. He met her through me when I interviewed her. … I did not meet her through him. I have gotten interviews with her not through him but through our staff on OTR. It is that simple. … Some people get so bent out of shape by what they imagine. Go figure.
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