Let’s just call this one a “#ThrowbackThursday.”
George Stephanopoulos, a Clinton crony from as far back as anyone involved with the Clintons can remember, gave two $25,000 donations to the Clinton Foundation while employed by ABC News, but failed to disclose any involvement with the organization, despite his position as an independent, fair-minded, leading journalist at a major news organization.
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.
Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News for comment. The host acknowledge making two donations of $25,000 between 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos issued a statement apologizing for failing to disclose the donation.
“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,” Stephanopolous said. “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.”
Stephanopoulos, if you’d be so kind to recall, was a foundational member of the original Clinton campaign team in 1992, and once the Clintons got into office, he was, as worded by Wikipedia, their de facto press secretary, briefing the press and talking to reporters even though the Clintons had already named Dee Dee Meyers to the position. He was, in essence, the very heart of the Clinton “spin doctor” machine, creating and maintaining the air of mystery that constantly surrounded the First Family, so that reporters and officials didn’t delve too deeply into what, precisely, Bill and Hillary were up to before, during and, hypothetically, after, their tenure in the White House.
As time went on, he was, of course, expected to pay his respects to the Clinton Foundation, even though he was trying to solidify his position in the very serious world of basic cable news Sunday morning talk shows. He clearly obliged. And then he clearly didn’t tell his employer, which, of course, draws his allegiance into question. ABC News clearly knows this, which is why, despite the Free Beacon discovering the undisclosed donations yesterday and requesting comment from ABC, ABC instead of allowing a conservative news organization to break the story, chose to go to Dylan Byers at POLITICO to report it. As George Stephanopoulos no doubt learned in his years advocating for the Clintons with the press – and effectively turning them into a lapdog for most of the adminstration – that you always go to your friendliest sources to break the worst news.
If you think about it, in a word, it’s all very…Clinton.
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