Exclusive: Fox News Buries Evidence For Dramatic Effect!
It's a common cliche in movies: The big media reporter cares more about ratings than anything else, so he or she breaks all codes of moral behavior to break a big story.
Apparently, Greta Van Susteren is a case of life imitating art.
She recently aired a segment on Fox News about Joran Van Der Sloot, the boy accused of murdering Natalee Holloway. Pumping up her audience beforehand with promises of "shocking new revelations," Greta didn't disappoint: she not only had an interview with Joran saying he sold Natalee into slavery, but had an audiotape of him and his father discussing the dastardly deed.
Such a revelation would clearly open Joran, and his father up to prosecution. But despite receiving the tape in July, Greta Van Susteren waited until late November to air the story-- and as of yet, has not turned over the tape, or a copy of the tape, to any law enforcement agency, here or abroad.
In human trafficking, time is of the essence. The longer someone is gone, the greater likelihood that they'll get killed. For Greta to hold back potential evidence for months--evidence that could have led to the discovery of a human trafficking ring or at least developed promising leads--is inexcusable. How is what she did any different than a criminal who hides evidence of their own crime? In fact, it's worse-- she's hidden up until now in order to get ratings!!!
Read the transcript below, in which Greta tries to take the moral high ground over Johan's former lawyer... and gets absolutely schooled:
VAN SUSTEREN: Coming up: You heard Joran van der Sloot in an interview done in Thailand say he sold Natalee, but eight hours later, before we had even gotten out of Thailand, an e-mail flashed across my BlackBerry. Joran said he lied to us. Did Joran lie to us? And if so, when? When he said he sold Natalee or eight hours later, when he said it was not true? Joran's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, joins us next.You heard it from Greta first. The election was such a big deal that she couldn't be bothered to send police evidence of a crime.
Plus, you will hear an audio recording. Joran says it is a conversation between his father and him. And two of the words mentioned on the recording that you need to pay close attention to are human trafficking. You have to hear this.
VAN SUSTEREN: Joran van der Sloot says he told his father Paulus that he sold Natalee Holloway to a man in Aruba. Joran says he recorded conversations between his father an him that refer to this sale and could possibly corroborate what he told us on tape.
In a moment you will hear one of those recordings that Joran says took place early in 2008. Now, we have repeatedly reached out to Joran's van der Sloot's father Paulus, but he has refused to respond.
We cannot verify whether if the voices on the tape are Joran and his father. The prosecutor in Aruba could do this with his subpoena power. And note, Joran says this is his father on the recording.
We had two different experts analyze if the recording was altered. One expert is confident it is not altered, while the other expert has concerns that the recording may have been modified. Here it is.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
J. VAN DER SLOOT: Hi, dad, how are you?
P. VAN DER SLOOT: I'm all right, you?
J. VAN DER SLOOT: I'm sort of fed up. I can't stand it any longer.
P. VAN DER SLOOT: Joran, hang in there a bit longer. You must keep tough.
J. VAN DER SLOOT: I just want it to be over. I don't care what will happen to me.
P. VAN DER SLOOT: I understand, but too much has happened. You have to be strong.
J. VAN DER SLOOT: I do my best, but I really don't know. I feel rotten.
P. VAN DER SLOOT: Joran, you have no choice.
J. VAN DER SLOOT: Yes, I can come forward and end this.
P. VAN DER SLOOT: Yeah, not a good idea, I think. You have to think about us too.
J. VAN DER SLOOT: Yes, I will do that, but if they find the girl, there is at least proof I didn't hurt anybody.
P. VAN DER SLOOT: But what you have done is pretty bad. Human trafficking is a serious crime.
J. VAN DER SLOOT: I know, but how could I know where all this would lead to?
P. VAN DER SLOOT: Joran, it's a shame you made certain choices, but there has to be a moment it will stop. Okay? You cannot talk with anyone about this, do you understand?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VAN SUSTEREN: Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, joins us live. Joe, am I right, you still do represent Joran?
JOE TACOPINA, ATTORNEY FOR JORAN VAN DER SLOOT: I represent him, Greta, for the purpose of the Aruba investigation, which for all intents and purposes is over.
Quite frankly, when you asked me to come on last week or a few weeks ago, I hadn't seen this tape. Had I seen this first, I probably would have declined your invitation, Greta, because I just - we could do this - and look, obviously you paid him some money to either give him a tape recording or have him give you tapes or to submit to an interview.
VAN SUSTEREN: Stop there. Let me explain something.
VAN SUSTEREN: Just so you get it right. He contacted us. He said he had a tape.
VAN SUSTEREN: I said we couldn't buy it, but we could license it. That's what the media does. You license photos, you license recordings, you license tape.
He gave us the tape. We've had it sent to someone to have it checked out if there were problems with it. I went to Thailand to find out what the story was on the tape to fill in the blanks to corroborate it.
TACOPINA: OK. So whatever I have - I mean, an email from one of your producers, Steph Watts, you know, to Joran, talking about the Western Union transaction. Greta, look --
VAN SUSTEREN: That is how the money is transferred. There's no secret. There's no secret.
TACOPINA: You paid him for a tape that he made and wound up getting an hour interview with him. And so be it, Greta. Great TV, great ratings- -
VAN SUSTEREN: Do you have a problem with that?
TACOPINA: Yes, I do have a problem with it, Greta, because if you offered Joran $10,000 tomorrow and ask him to tell you a fifth story, he would do it.
Clearly, he's a sick kid. Clearly, I have nothing to say in defense of his actions, Greta. OK?
VAN SUSTEREN: Do you deny...?
TACOPINA: But I still tell you, and I stand by the notion that the investigation regarding the disappearance of Natalee Holloway has not led to Joran. That's the bottom line.
No one expects anyone to believe anything this kid has to say anymore. Quite frankly, he's on the verge of sociopath and despicable, but--
VAN SUSTEREN: Explain something to me, Joe.
VAN SUSTEREN: According to the timeline --I'm trying to figure this out, because I really want this investigated. That's why we're bringing this information in.
VAN SUSTEREN: Now stop. There's has been resistance from Aruba. There has been resistance from you, which, of course, that's your job as the lawyer. I understand that and I have an appreciation for a defense lawyer.
TACOPINA: I know you do.
VAN SUSTEREN: But when he comes to us and says look, I have my father on tape saying about the human trafficking, this explains what happened. I'd like to find her alive is what he told us.
Of course, I didn't believe that it was true, that she could possibly be alive. But he said that he sold her.
So I said "What do you have?" And he came to us. We didn't go after him.
TACOPINA: Greta, that's fine. But look at the source. He's told so many different versions.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, but what about his father in - what - how do you justify what his father said on this tape? Is his father also telling us different versions?
TACOPINA: Oh, that tape--
VAN SUSTEREN: Skip Joran. What -- Is the tape made up?
TACOPINA: I spoke to Paulus last night as this was going on. I mean, talk about a guy-- you don't know Paulus. I do. Paulus is a simpleton.
VAN SUSTEREN: Is this tape made up? Is this tape just crazy?
TACOPINA: He absolutely denies ever having that conversation, ever. So yes, I believe that tape's false.
Think about it for a second--
VAN SUSTEREN: So we can do a comparison, so we can check it out? I'm willing to check it out.
TACOPINA: Listen, Greta, Greta, just hold on a second. Think about the logic of this. Joran calls you and tape-recorded an incriminating conversation with his father. Why? For what purpose? So he could sell it to you? I mean, why would he have an incriminating tape recording of himself and his father?
VAN SUSTEREN: All I'm trying to do, Joe, all I want to do, Joe, is try to find out - stop.
TACOPINA: If that's the case, why in July did you have this interview, and why hasn't it not been turned over - why didn't you just send it to the authorities? How about the FBI? Did they get a copy of this?
VAN SUSTEREN: Because if you want to know the practical matter, no sooner than we had it done, we needed to corroborate it to make sure it wasn't lies, because he named a lot of people. In fact, if you notice, we bleeped out some names as we're trying to investigate.
Then we went into what you may have noticed was a presidential election. So we've been busy doing that.
TACOPINA: Oh, but you don't have to do this investigation, Greta. Give the tape to the FBI. They're not involved in the presidential election.
VAN SUSTEREN: The FBI has no jurisdiction, for god's sakes. You know that.
TACOPINA: Oh, they can't investigate? You know they investigated this case!
VAN SUSTEREN: Joe, let me find out one thing--if this is a made-up tape, give me a voice sampling from Paulus van der Sloot so that I can do a voice comparison analysis. There is a forensic way to do that. Get that for me, and if this turns out to be a lie, I'll say this tape is a lie.
TACOPINA: FOX News does not - as much as I respect you and this network, FOX News is not the end-all, be-all for investigative services. There is a law enforcement agency involved. So you don't just say, give you the power of attorney. Or give you a voice sample.
VAN SUSTEREN: If you're saying this tape is a fraud, I'm willing to investigate it, and I'm willing to say if it is a fraud, I'll say on the air we did this analysis of Paulus Van Der Sloot's voice to the tape, and it's wrong. I'm willing to do that. But if you come on and tell me it's not true, at least give me the ability to prove or disprove it.
TACOPINA: Let me just say this, let me say this -- I'm not saying it's true or not. I'm telling you what Paulus said. I wasn't there. I wasn't a witness to any of this.
VAN SUSTEREN: Call Paulus up right now and we'll go into the green room and say, Paulus, give them a voice sample, if this is a fraud.
TACOPINA: Greta, why was this tape not sent to the authorities, then? Why hold it until like November if you did this in July if you really think - because you said on the interview last night, you said to Joran when you were trying to get him to speak, you said what if she's still alive, Joran? I still think there is a chance Natalee could still be alive. Time is of the essence. Why? Because of the elections?
VAN SUSTEREN: Joe, because you know what, unlike you and the others, I've been spending my weekends actually working on this case. Do not criticize me for not working it. It's 2008.
TACOPINA: Don't be defensive, please, Greta. I'm not criticizing you for working. But send the tape to an authority. Send the tape to an authority. That's all I'm saying. I'm not saying you're not working on it.
VAN SUSTEREN: If they're willing to use their police powers, subpoena power to subpoena a voice exemplar from Joran van der Sloot, and our FBI doesn't have the authority, but the Aruban prosecutor does, he's got it. He can have it.
TACOPINA: So you have conditions on giving over possibly incriminating evidence?
VAN SUSTEREN: No.
TACOPINA: You have the tape, send them the tape right now.
VAN SUSTEREN: Do something, not sit on it. Not to just sit on it.
TACOPINA: I have no control over that, Greta. You know that. Ok? You know I have no control over it.
VAN SUSTEREN: You do have control over getting a voice sample from your client. Get it and you and I can both go to the forensic expert together. I'll go with you.
TACOPINA: Greta, I know for a fact, because you said it many times, "That doesn't make sense, Joran." That doesn't make sense. You don't believe a word he was saying on that interview last night, do you?
VAN SUSTEREN: You're dodging. You're dodging. Get me the voice sample.
TACOPINA: Listen, it's not my voice, OK!
VAN SUSTEREN: Get me the voice sample and you ... Joe, I got to go.
TACOPINA: Greta, send the tape to the investigators and I'll give you a voice sample. How about that?
That's a new one.