ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos longtime ties to the Clintons are causing a serious conflict-of-interest for the network after he was forced to disclose Thursday the fact that he had quietly donated at least $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past two years.
Stephanopoulos reportedly came clean only after Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon contacted ABC Wednesday about the donations.
“I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record,” Stephanopoulos’ statement to Politico read.
“However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation.
Does the seasoned ABC chief anchor mean he should have disclosed this information to the viewers and critics who’ve raised concerns for months – and years in some cases – for his cozy Clinton connections?
Most brazenly, during an interview on April 26, Stephanopoulos challenged Peter Schweizer, author of “Clinton Cash,” for his claim that there is a “troubling pattern” between donations to the foundation and Clinton’s activities as secretary of state, according to Politico.
“We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action,” Stephanopoulos defended Clinton.
And if it’s George Stephanopoulos talking about the Clintons, it has to be true. Just like it was in the 1990s when he was a loyal campaign warrior, then White House henchman in Bill Clinton’s first term.
Incredibly, ABC is defending its chief anchor, calling it an “honest mistake.”
Perhaps Stephanopoulos was able to ignore his critics when they were consistently questioning his biased reporting then. But surely he will have to hear them now:
.@GStephanopoulos office leaked this to Politico after I asked them for comment. https://t.co/jBEZVxpT06
— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) May 14, 2015
Stephanopoulos reporting on the Clintons is like Tom Cruise reporting on Scientology. #journalism
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 14, 2015
And just like that ABCs biggest brand made it VERY hard for himself to cover Hillary: http://t.co/LgAVqOXI25
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) May 14, 2015
“@PatriotSam: Dems have a habit of apologizing after they get caught, then go on as if nothing happened. http://t.co/8v217zQXsB #OhHillNo
— Time Crunched (@Crunched4time) May 14, 2015
Flabbergasted that people are just now discovering what Stephanopoulos really is.
— Michael McCormick (@GeezerRepublic) May 14, 2015
George Stephanopoulos not trustworthy.Actually worse than Brian Williams.He’s like a little sneak creeping around.Very creepy! #ABCNews
— Ann (@NC_Char) May 14, 2015
Sometimes when I give someone 50,000 dollars I forget also #Stephanopoulos !
— Larry (@mexicanlarry) May 14, 2015
Stephanopoulos says he should have disclosed donations: http://t.co/BC4B0OhCz6 via @AOL Well now, Georgie says “I’m sorry I got caught” !!!
— K- Pur (@ColdSober787) May 14, 2015
Rand Paul: George Stephanopoulos Shouldn’t Moderate 2016 Debates http://t.co/uuypaVtG63 via @NYTPolitics
— Notta Democrat (@Bdog99993) May 14, 2015
RT debrajsaunders: An honest mistake? ‘Clinton Cash’ author hits Stephanopoulos, ABC for ‘massive breach of ethica… http://t.co/RvdN4zED9W
— Mike Vee (@MikeVee5) May 14, 2015
I especially like the backdrop in this one @GStephanopoulos pic.twitter.com/nXHRO2fJW5
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 14, 2015
What bias? Stephanopoulos defends Clinton Foundation on show, fails to mention he’s a major donor http://t.co/4cYB5yOA0b
— Margaret Pritchett (@MargoPritchett) May 14, 2015
#Breaking: ABC News will NOT take punitive action against Stephanopoulos: “We accept his apology. It was an honest mistake."
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 14, 2015
Hey guys, remember when MSNBC suspended Olbermann for donating $2,400 to three campaigns? MSNBC: more integrity than ABC. Contemplate that.
— Jeff [email protected] (@EsotericCD) May 14, 2015
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