The Bloomberg campaign has dug deep to unearth fossil Sam Donaldson for an endorsement that only serves to lampoon the idea that journalists have ever been unbiased.
The 85-year-old retired reporter with legendary eyebrows spent 52 years in broadcast news before being put out to pasture in 2013.
Mike Bloomberg’s campaign tweeted out a short video showing Donaldson backing the former New York City mayor, though it seemed to be more of a tirade against President Trump than an endorsement of Bloomberg.
Given the way Bloomberg is throwing around money to get elected, it is fair to wonder how much Donaldson reaped for throwing away his supposed legacy of political impartiality …
— Tom Borelli (@tomborelli) February 15, 2020
Journalists who are still out there trying to maintain the veneer of nonpartisanship in their profession are voicing their disdain for Donaldson’s actions. “I am really thrown off by seeing Sam Donaldson — my former boss @ABC — doing a political ad. This hurts all working reporters who are trying to prove to the public they aren’t all liberal and biased,” wrote Emily Miller.
I am really thrown off by seeing Sam Donaldson — my former boss @ABC — doing a political ad. This hurts all working reporters who are trying to prove to the public they aren’t all liberal and biased. https://t.co/bBs6HneALJ
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) February 15, 2020
I was fully aware that I was one of the few conservatives in network TV news (yes, there were a few.) But I truly believe we need solid journalism to hold government accountable to the people. Sam Donaldson just slammed the entire 5th estate by endorsing a politician in an ad.
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) February 16, 2020
Brit Hume, who succeeded Donaldson as ABC News Chief White House correspondent in 1989, was practically speechless …
Never thought I’d see this. https://t.co/MlnARdwCbC
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 15, 2020
Late Friday, CNN posted an op-ed to their website by Donaldson in which he touted Bloomberg.
“When I retired seven years ago, I fully expected to remain a political observer,” Donaldson wrote. “But there is too much at stake in the next election to remain silent. So, I am speaking out now in support of the candidate I believe is most qualified to be president and most able to defeat Donald Trump. That candidate is Mike Bloomberg.”
“Mike Bloomberg is the best candidate to defeat President Trump in November,” he continued. “… Bullies cannot bully Bloomberg. He won’t be cowed by a few tweets from Trump.”
Donaldson also endorsed the idea that the “richest man in media” can buy his way into the Oval Office, writing: “Bloomberg’s ability to finance his own campaign means he can compete aggressively against Trump’s massive political machine, which has been stockpiling money and organizing supporters since Trump’s first day in office.”
“We are in the grip … of a sick, ignorant man,” Donaldson told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday. “He’s mean. He’s corrupt, and if we don’t get this right we may lose the things that have made this country the best place to live in the world and that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan used to talk about that was the envy of the world.”
Speaking of Reagan, in response to the Donaldson sellout, Sen. Ted Cruz shared an awesome, mocking video clip …
Sam Donaldson endorses Bloomberg because…media is so nonpartisan. Bloomberg calls Donaldson “legendary.” ? Donaldson’s most “legendary” moment was teeing up Reagan for the greatest presidential press-conference response in history. WATCH: https://t.co/grRZk091l9
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2020
It’s also unclear who thought that hitching Donaldson’s horse to the CNN wagon made much sense …
https://t.co/LKSyoqR9jG provided Donaldson a written platform to endorse Bloomberg along w/national airtime. Related: Bloomberg News won’t report on anything uncovered about Dem candidates, but will investigate Trump,which is as anti-journalism as it gets: https://t.co/kSmSe0NKj9
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) February 15, 2020
Quick question, Brian. I have an unending supply of shits. I’m just wondering why I should give one in return for Sam Donaldson’s opinion on who should be the next president. Please advise. https://t.co/MH3agsmDUJ
— Jason (@my_good_karma) February 15, 2020
Who on Earth’s vote would be swayed by Sam Donaldson?! (I actually thought he was dead)
— GoAskAlice (@GoAskAlice67) February 16, 2020
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