George Stephanopolous (I cannnot believe how many times I’ve had to write that name this week), has apologized for the conflict of interest he created when he deposited three $25,000 checks into the Clinton Foundation’s bank account.
He is, it seems, incredibly sorry. And he would like to assure you that he knows he made a mistake – many mistakes, in fact – even though what he actually did was nothing more than caring far too deeply for the people of this world.
STEPHANOPOULOS:I want to address some news you may have seen about me. Over the last several years, I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record, but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. And I now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that.
Technically, disclosing your charitable donations is not “going the extra mile.” It’s the way people who operate in the ostensibly “neutral” fourth estate are expected to behave. His donations, as Hot Air points out, are only a matter of public record insofar as they appear on the Clinton Foundation’s 1099s – and only then, because they were of such a high dollar amount. It would have been only appropriate to tell a few people.
But, as is typical with Clinton cronies, apologizing is never an option. And George is definitely a crony.
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