By Tom Quiner
George Stephanopoulos gave $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Is that information relevant when, let’s say, Mr. Stephanopoulos is interviewing the guy who wrote a book on the subject (Clinton Cash) which suggests the foundation is nothing but a Clinton slush fund?
Mr. Stephanopoulos did not disclose this critical fact, which would have tainted the hardball questioning he hurled at author Peter Schweizer.
When Stephanopoulos’ non disclosure was uncovered, he immediately apologized. ABC is evidently quite comfortable about the whole matter, releasing this statement:
“As George has said, he made charitable donations to the Foundation to support a cause he cares about deeply and believed his contributions were a matter of public record. He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the Foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him.”
Stephanopoulos’ bias has long been on display. His performance as a moderator of Republican debates in the last election cycle was a doozy.
If you recall, contraception was not a part of our political dialogue for a long while, at least not until January of 2012 when it became a manufactured political issue by George Stephanopoulos.
He asked Mitt Romney if states had a right to ban contraception.
He wouldn’t let go. His goal was obviously to pin Mitt Romney down into stating that, yes, states do have that Constitutional right.
Romney didn’t take the bait. You can watch the exchange above.
Nonetheless, Stephanopoulos accomplished the mission of the media: to plant the seed that somehow lurking in the recesses of dastardly Republican minds was the goal of banning contraception, that were waging a “war on women.”
A non-issue was made into a new national issue for a single reason: to grease the skids for President Obama’s HHS Mandate that forced religious institutions to provide contraception coverage in their health insurance plans in violation of their religious conscience.
One doesn’t have to be overly cynical to suspect that Mr. Stephanopolous, a former political operative for Bill Clinton, was in the Obama loop and was setting the stage to reposition the contraception argument.
With the media carrying water for him, the HHS Mandate was transformed from a religious freedom issue to a women’s rights issue.
The Stephanopoulos maneuver is a textbook example of the bias of the MSM.