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I have posted a few pictures from FOX News’ L.A. bureau — they include members of the crew. One of the crewmembers — the stage manager — has spent many, many weeks on the road covering both the Scott Peterson (search) and Michael Jackson (search) cases. Hence our show knows her well (there is a picture of her with Jim Hammer who likewise knows her well from all the work he did with us when we covered those two trials.)
While in L.A. we had one night — Wednesday — when the show was breaking news (the arrest of the two fugitives who are accused of killing a correctional officer in Tennessee (search)... incidentally, I hate using the term "accused" for them and it feels silly since I have no doubt they did it, but I am a lawyer and technically at this point they are only accused. After a trial and conviction, it is a different story.) It is a bit of a challenge to do breaking news with a crew you don't work with every night, but the L.A. crew was professional and made it easy for me.
While in L.A. I had a chance to see my old friend Larry King. Larry has been very helpful to me over the years. He has given me great career advice and much opportunity. Permitting me to guest host his show when I was at CNN allowed me to learn how to host a show. We had lunch on Friday which was probably the first time I have sat down with him since I left CNN 3 1/2 years ago. Larry's wife, Shawn, has a new CD out which he tells me — and I believe him — is great. He also showed me pictures of his two boys. I announced the birth of the older one. I was guest hosting his show the night and time of his birth, so I announced it to all his fans.
I am obviously back in D.C. but wondering when I will again "hit the road." For months and months and months I did not travel and then mid-May I started this non-stop travel. People ask me where I want to go on vacation and the answer is easy: home.
Here are some of you e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
I have been watching your coverage of the Natalee Holloway (search) case. I think you are doing a great job. As both an American and an Aruban citizen, I am sometimes disturbed by the negative reaction of the U.S. public towards Aruba. I personally feel that Arubans have taken full responsibility for Natalee's disappearance, and are doing everything in their power to solve the case. Arubans are very proud to share their island with the world and have welcomed visitors with open arms and friendly smiles for decades. I am an American who was raised on the island and I am forever grateful for that experience. I think it is important to mention that Aruba is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, safer than Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Natalee Holloway disappearance is unacceptable, and every Aruban understands this. Aruba has different laws and a different approach to investigating crimes. It important to understand that things are not going to be done in same manner we are used to here in the U.S.A. Also I find it regretful that despite Aruban authorities allowing the FBI, Texas Equusearch, and countless other outside agencies to help out, people still say they are corrupt and unwilling to cooperate. I hate to say this, but I doubt that if an Aruban girl were missing here at home we would do half of what they are doing for us. I have never heard of F-16s conducting searches for anybody here in the U.S.
I have great respect and admiration for Natalee's mother and hope she finds her daughter soon. It is impossible to imagine what she is going through and I truly admire her courage.
Greta, I ask that you occasionally help correct these unfortunate misconceptions about the beautiful people and island of Aruba. If anybody has any questions about Aruba I would gladly answer them to the best of my knowledge.
E-mail No. 2
You have just lost a listener/watcher.
I will not waste my time hearing such arch-conservatism, know-it-all bunk.
Your sense of history certainly is jaundiced as well.
ANSWER: My sense of history? What are you talking about? What show that I did are you talking about? Plus, this is the very first time I have been called an arch-conservative. Most people complain about my views being too liberal! Have you confused me with someone else? Or, worse, are you drinking and using your keyboard? (Stay out of the car!)
E-mail No. 3
Ms. Van Susteren,
I am an Aruban citizen — I think you should know this beforehand — I would like once more to voice my opinion on the N.H. case.
First, let begin by saying I hope Mrs. Twitty finds her daughter alive — although it seems there is a remote chance she isn't!
Can you please answer me, it doesn't have to posted, just mail me private — I know you have time to do this.
Why have you chosen this case above the countless missing cases in the USA?
Why is there a belief that the FBI can solve this case, knowing that in the USA where their CSI departments — with much more sophisticated technology — they can’t solve simpler murders, e.g Nicole Brown, Jonbenet Ramsey, etc.
Can Aruban justice officials also take part in a murder investigation on American soil if an Aruban citizen is the one murdered?
Why do you post some mails on your blog site and leave out others?
How many girls have gone missing in Alabama the last two years and found alive?
You don't have to defend us when someone yells boycott Aruba, I think we will start to aggressively pursue European, Asian, South American, Caribbean tourists. Maybe they know where they come is ten times more dangerous than Aruba and will not react so hypocritical if someone from their country goes missing?
I end by saying thanks for the support by the American tourist who have shown support for our happy island. I wish the Holloway family strength in this difficult time and I hope they find their daughter!
E-mail No. 4
I am surprised of the changes at CNN and was curious about Bill Hemmer's status? After searching the Web I was able to find out he is now with FOX News. I am switching to FOX News because of Bill. Please tell him I hope all is good for him and I hope to see him soon on FOX. Best wishes for your success you are one of the best anchors and reports in the business it is refreshing to have someone honest and forthcoming.
ANSWER: I hope all Bill's fans know to watch him here at FOX News Channel.
E-mail No. 5
Eight weeks ago or so, there was one report that Joran had or was involved with a porno site! I've not heard anything about it since. Does this mean that the report was not true? If not, is it possible that Natalee had something slipped into her drink, taken to a boat, and is now being used as a "slave porno queen" to make movies for those sickos who are making billions of dollars doing it?
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