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"I think she's registered to vote in Aruba now..."
NBC News reporter Josh Mankiewicz, joking about Greta Van Susteren's relentlessly on-site coverage of the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Van Susteren's "On the Record" scored it's highest ratings ever. Greta Van Susteren Cleans Up in Aruba - [AP]

Comments (12)

I really don't get it. It's... (Below threshold)

I really don't get it. It's not even a compelling story anymore. It's the same thing every night. Well, I don't watch every night, so I don't know that. But still. Every time I see anything on this saga, it's the same stuff from a month ago.

I saw a bit of Greta's inte... (Below threshold)

I saw a bit of Greta's interview with three friends of Natalee's the other night while channel surfing. I honestly don't know why this show's ratings are as high as they are. Her style has become just a notch above the National Enquirer. Just those few minutes made me want to wash my eyes afterward! She needs to jump ship and sign on with that Celebrity Justice show.

The ratings will drop once ... (Below threshold)

The ratings will drop once school starts and the parents of late teens & early 20's children feel safer with the kids back in school.

I am sure that the tourist ... (Below threshold)

I am sure that the tourist industry is responsible for a great deal of ongoing audience as to this issue. In all due respect to Natalee and her family.

The huge viewer response probably involves all of Aruba (most employed in some aspect of tourism and/or tourism-related areas) along with same elsewhere, given the fact that Aruba and locations similar are nearly entirely supported by tourism and otherwise other locations.

People are keeping up, which is why they're watching.

I enjoy Susteren's broadcasts but this dedicated topic is too much. It's accomplishing more to detract from the concerns about Americans' safety in other countries than helping, is my point because it dulls people down about the issue...illustrated in previous comments.

Van Susteren is the legal/c... (Below threshold)

Van Susteren is the legal/court tabloid journalist of the network. She shuffles between one spectacle and another depending on which is the hot copy du jour. Her evening coverage is a reflection of inexpensive (and highly profitable), redundant, hyperventilative puffery symbolic of a secure audience too tired to consider the more tangible issues of the day.

Condit? See Greta's wall-to-wall coverage for months. Peterson? See Greta's wall-to-wall coverage for months. Jackson? See Greta's wall-to-wall coverage for months. Holloway? See Greta's wall-to-wall coverage for months. Anyone notice a pattern? These are stories that are infinitely important to the parties involved (gee, which court case/investigation isn't) but wholly irrelevant to most everyone else. Consider her coverage as the afternoon car wreck. One cannot avert one's eyes despite blindingly obvious superficiality.

All Greta needs now is a scrolling news ticker, flashing updates with sound effects, and eye-candy graphics to complete the package that just screams "Look at me! I'm the walking and talking lipstick on the pig of journalism!" Unfortunately, the more serious news analysis shows on FOX borrow her make-up kit every evening too. O'Reilly looks especially silly in red even though it continues to bring in the green.

Clearly, a market that rewards such inanity is screwed up. To me, her show has been and continues to be unwatchable.

I couldn't agree more. Gret... (Below threshold)

I couldn't agree more. Greta is getting super annoying.

I've gotten very tired of t... (Below threshold)

I've gotten very tired of the NHNN (Natalee Holliway News Network). Greta and Geraldo have become the story and ceased reporting the story!

Maybe she's on a secret mis... (Below threshold)

Maybe she's on a secret mission to spread Scientology to Aruba......

Be Carefull: This is begini... (Below threshold)

Be Carefull: This is begining to sound more and more like elitist talk. Next I'll hear that all those idiotic white trash red-state americans are pumping up the ratings with their mindless morbid facination with these tabloidesque topics.

The ratings don't lie, right or wrong a lot of americans are following this and not all of them are in-bred trailer park spawn. Yes, Greta is milking this per her normal mode of operation, but this is simple free market reporing. She gives the people what they want and I don't think we should critisize her for that.

Oh, who am I kidding? Greta and her crooked smile are all-tragedy-TV-all-the-time. How do people have the stamina for this. I suppose this is the same audience that can watch the Dukes of Hazard or A-Team reruns night after night. This in my opinion is the strongest argument in my mind that the Intelligent Design v. Evolution debate is totally off the mark. We really need to discuss Unintelligent Design v. De-Evolution!!!

Sadly if Natalee is ... (Below threshold)

Sadly if Natalee is found dead she'll also be registered to vote, democrat, in Aruba.

greta has ALWAYS been annoy... (Below threshold)

greta has ALWAYS been annoying. what ticks me off the most, is her ignorance of dutch law, or rather, of any non-american one. according to napoleonic code, we do don't indict easily, BUT do keep supects for up to 60 days & then try them by a panel of judges, w/o easy to sway jury .

Have you seen this before? ... (Below threshold)
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