52-yr news veteran Sam Donaldson sells out to do political ad for Bloomberg; colleagues react

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Sam Donaldson … Getty images / Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic

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 …

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.

Brit Hume, who succeeded Donaldson as ABC News Chief White House correspondent in 1989, was practically speechless …

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 …

It’s also unclear who thought that hitching Donaldson’s horse to the CNN wagon made much sense …


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