If people needed additional proof that George Stephanopoulos would protect Hillary Clinton from attacks, they just needed to watch Stephanopoulos interview Martin O’Malley yesterday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos started the interview by saying “…You’re still striking out pretty hard against Secretary Clinton. Yesterday in South Carolina you said she’s demonstrated a total inability to understand what happens when dictators fall and what our country needs in its national security strategy. Total inability?”
O’Malley defended himself, saying “Yes, George. Secretary Clinton voted for the Iraq war and not withstanding, what she now regards as a big mistake in that vote and one that she should have known better.” This isn’t the first time that Stephanopoulos has been caught being in the tank for the Clinton’s.
In May, Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, accusing Schweizer of being funded by the Koch Brothers and having been a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He mentioned this in an attempt to discredit Schweizer’s book ‘Clinton Cash’, which highlighted the Clinton Foundation’s habit of charging 6-figure speaking fees from charities and getting paid handsomely for speeches to companies that were doing business with the State Department.
The fact that Stephanopoulos has consistently defended the Clintons against all candidates and against Clinton Foundation critics should be enough to cause ABC to suspend Stephanopoulos. Throw in the fact that Stephanopoulos contributed $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and didn’t disclose it while interviewing Schweizer. He didn’t admit that until after he’d interviewed Schweizer. Even then, it was a halfhearted apology:
I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. 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. I apologize.
Notice that Stephanopoulos didn’t apologize for accusing Schweizer of having a conflict of interest without disclosing Stephanopoulos’ conflict of interest with the Clinton Foundation. After working in President Clinton’s campaign, then working as Clinton’s press secretary before moving onto being President Clinton’s senior adviser on Policy and Strategy.
It’s clear that Stephanopoulos is still a Clinton advocate. He’s repeatedly shown himself to throw journalistic ethics out the window to defend his former bosses. What’s the tipping point where ABC decides that he’s a paid hack for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, not a journalist for ABC? In fact, does ABC think in terms of Stephanopoulos’ journalistic integrity?