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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Van Susteren disputes Graff firing

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 9:12 AM

For those of you who, like me, just can't get enough of this story — Dirk Van Susteren responds to the Associated Press' claim that Graff was canned in part for allowing AP reporter David Gram to participate in a Dean bio. Van Susteren, editor the RH/TA Vermont Sunday Magazine, edited the book in question.

He writes:

At our first meeting at the Capital Grounds coffee house in Montpelier,on a morning in August of 2003, Gram said to me point blank that hewould only participate if I could assure him we would meet AP'sstandards of impartiality. I gave him that assurance, and he passedthat on to Graff and was granted permission to participate in theproject.

I know little about the AP's freelance policy; I don'tknow if Graff needed to go up the AP chain of bureaucratic command toget permission to allow Gram's participation. But I strongly believethat both Gram, and Graff, made a good-faith effort toward a worthyjournalistic goal. And for that, at least, the two should have beencommended, not condemned.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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