On her Fox News program Thursday, Greta Van Susteren interviewed Democratic Congressional Candidate Mike Dickinson who has promised “a war on the Tea Party, Fox News, NRA and other trash.” By the time the interview was done, Greta disproved each of his points about the Tea Party and Fox and she showed him to be dishonest in his campaign, arguing, "You don't mention any place in this little paragraph on your web site about working for Larry Flynt and writing stuff for him. You don't write about that at all, do you? You don't write about the strip clubs. You don't write when you lied to the newspaper and bragged you were the CEO of a strip club organization that you are not?"
The interview began with Van Susteren reading Dickinson's tweet "if elected I promise war on the Tea Party, Fox News, NRA and other trash." The host then turned to the guest and asked, "Why do you hate me?" After a few more questions it was established that Dickinson, who is Eric Cantor's Democratic opponent, doesn't watch On The Record, and as Van Susteren commented, must have potatoes in his ears.
The conversation turned to the Tea Party; Van Susteren asked if anyone in the Tea Party was arrested in his district. After the Virginia Democrat conceded no laws were broken, Van Susteren got him to concede the only problem with the Tea Party was that Dickinson didn't like their message, and that the Tea Party "portray themselves as something that's totally not who they are."
That last phase gave Van Susteren the opening for the coup de grace:
Van Susteren: Well, that’s really bad to portray yourself as not who you are, right?
Van Susteren: All right, then, let's go to this. Speaking of that a letter to the Times-Dispatch you wrote January 29, 2013, you claimed you were the CEO of Mid Atlantic Show Clubs, which is a group of strip clubs and stuff, right?
Dickinson: That's correct.
Van Susteren: That wasn't true, was it?
Dickinson: I worked -- I was a consultant for them.
Van Susteren: It says CEO of Mid Atlantic, were you the CEO?
Dickinson: I was the, I guess, the consulting operations director.
Van Susteren: That wasn't quite true, was it? It was wrong; it was a lie. Little bit of a lie, right? Tiny one, little bit of a lie?
Van Susteren: All right. You like transparency? I went to your campaign website and it talks about how are. It says meet Mike. Okay. Meet Mike and do you know what? You didn't put in here about how you were a lobbyist for strip clubs and you learned from Larry Flint not to sugarcoat but tell it how it is. But you didn’t tell it like it is here, right?
Dickinson: If somebody asks me I will tell them what Larry Flynt said to me.
So it went for another few minutes; Van Susteren asking about every inconsistency and lack of transparency, Dickinson having to admit he wasn't being totally honest.
She ended by pointing out:
You don't mention any place in this little paragraph on your web site about working for Larry Flynt and writing stuff for him. You don't write about that at all, do you? You don't write about the strip clubs. You don't write when you lied to the newspaper and bragged you were the CEO of a strip club organization that you are not?
One thing Van Susteren didn't point out is that for someone who wants to wage war on Fox News, Dickinson sure likes to be seen on their network. At the end of February he appeared on the Sean Hannity program and had a similar embarrassing interview.
UPDATE: Mr. Dickinson is not running for Congress, he never submitted the papers. The Richmond Democratic Committee posted the following notice on its website:
7th Congressional District Democratic Nominating Convention CanceledThe 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee issued a Call to Convention to select the Democratic nominee for Congress. The filing deadline for candidates was Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m, and no candidates filed to be considered for the nomination.