George Stephanopoulos has egg on his face after being forced to apologize for not disclosing $50,000 worth of contributions to the Clinton Foundation in 2013 & 2014 while interviewing, or more accurately interrogating, Peter Schweizer last month about his book Clinton Cash which documents funds donated by businesses and foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation.
Stephanopoulos has been with ABC News since 2002, but came to fame a decade earlier as Bill Clinton’s communications director for his 1992 presidential campaign and would be a part of the Clinton White House during its first term in office.
Naturally, ABC News stands by Stephanopoulos saying he made an “honest mistake”. When it comes to donating $50,000 to your old boss there are no honest mistakes.
What if a left-wing author had written a book accusing the George W. Bush Foundation of accepting donations from foreign governments in exchange for favors? And let’s suppose that left-wing author were interviewed on FNC by Dana Perino? And what if it subsequently came to light that Perino had donated $50,000 to the George W. Bush Foundation without disclosing it? George Stephanopoulos would be the first to cry bloody murder and pressure would be brought to bear on Fox News to fire, or at the very minimum, suspend Perino for breach of ethical conduct.
But because it’s Stephanopoulos who got his hand caught in the cookie jar we will be treated to, “This is old news. He apologized. Let’s move on.”
George Stephanopoulos might have egg on his face today, but he will be allowed to wipe it off and this whole thing will soon be forgotten.
UPDATE: As Emily has noted, Stephanopoulos will not moderate any of the presidential debates which air on ABC, Democrat or Republican.
It also turns out that Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, not $50,000. Maybe tomorrow it will be $100,000.
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