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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg nixes ABC interview, but source swears it’s not due the Stephanopoulos snub

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Things that make you go hmmm…

It’s understandable if ABC News’ Martha Raddatz is miffed over reports Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg backed out of a scheduled interview with the network after learning the female reporter would be tossing the questions instead of colleague George Stephanopoulos.

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All of which leaves the casual observer to wonder if Sandberg has a certain comfort level with the former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, or just wanted to avoid a veteran journalist known for her tough, fair reporting — although her credibility took a serious hit when Raddatz cried on air the night Trump won the 2016 election.

In response to the reported Cambridge Analytica data breach, Sandberg has been on a media campaign to rehabilitate Facebook’s image, having already done interviews with Fox News, NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, Bloomberg and PBS, according to the Daily Mail.

She was set to appear Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” but no more, an ABC “insider” told Page Six.

Screengrab George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz

“Sheryl’s team were talking to producers at ‘This Week,’” the source said. “After they were told the interview would be with Martha, not George, the discussions ended.”

The source said it’s more about star power than an expectation of a “sympathetic interview” from Stephanopoulos.

“Sheryl has a good relationship with George,” the individual said, “but the decision not to proceed appeared to be based largely on that Sheryl wouldn’t be sitting with the biggest name on the show . . . not that she anticipated George would give her a sympathetic interview.”

An anonymous Facebook source responded to the anonymous ABC News source to say the decision to back out of the interview was because CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress this week.

“We love Martha Rad­datz,” the Facebook source told Page Six. “But Sheryl did not back out of any interviews. We are not doing any TV over the weekend to allow for some breathing room ahead of Mark’s testimony next week.”. . . not that she anticipated George would give her a sympathetic interview.”

Tom Tillison


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