Sarah Palin for example. The basis for her 'fame' has melted away - how many former vice-presidential candidates can you name? - yet stories about her have become the staple of shlock and even semi-serious media. She is a Slushee - a tall, cool sugared drink of empty calories, quickly consumed yet addictive.
Just in case you were wondering, Huffington Post scoops up the latest slurp on Palin - a frothy mixture of insider political and Faux-News gossip with a dash of serious analytical journalism.
Thanks to the evident fascination/obsession that Van Susteren and Coale have with Sarah Palin and her nuclear family, expect more in the way of brain freeze over the next few years.
There is something absolutely bizarre and troubling going on in the political netherworld of Sarah and Todd Palin, Greta Van Susteren and her wannabe-queen-maker hubby, John Coale. At best, it's a clear case of journalistic conflict-of-interest on behalf of Van Susteren; at worst, it's a sleazy, national power play by a couple of practitioners of Scientology - the controversial cult that Time magazine described as "a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner." ...
While there's something ironic about Alaska's most famous evangelical Christians pallin' around with a couple who believes that 75 million years ago an entity named Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft ... It was Van Susteren who made Bristol Palin a public figure, who pulled her out of her privacy with her child, and who played the ratings game with Bristol's private life. Not once did Van Susteren acknowledge that fact, reflect on it, nor express any regret for doing so. Not once. So much for insight and compassion.