Too soon? Greta Van Susteren slammed for airing Tahmooressi’s painful interview

Healing or Hurtful?

Greta Van Susteren has been hailed as a hero for focusing American consciousness on the fate of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, but fans are accusing her of crossing that line by pushing him into an intrusive interview he wasn’t ready for, probably for the sake of ratings.


On Thursday, Van Susteren aired a one-hour “On the Record” interview with Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. In late March the American soldier made a wrong turn with his truck, mistakenly passing into Mexico with a trunk full of licensed firearms. He was imprisoned in Mexico for 214 days on gun charges and did not set foot on American soil until Oct. 31, 2014.

Tahmooressi had been seeking treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when he was arrested. During his imprisonment, he attempted suicide.

Van Susteren had to know she was dealing with a very fragile human being when she interviewed him and aired his story less than a week after his return from Mexico. Her questions elicited painful details from Tahmooressi.

Exposing the story as it unfolded in Mexico was patriotic and good journalism; Van Susteren’s quick airing of the Tahmooressi interview is dubious, although not everyone agrees.

Tell us what you think.

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Lonnie K. Martens


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