In the days following the release of the book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, ABC News’s Democratic party operative George Stephanopoulos vigorously defended Hillary Clinton against charges that she sold her influence as Secretary of State for cash donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Washington Free Beacon points out that Stephanopoulos was making this defense of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation on a variety of programs without telling anyone that he had donated $75,000 to the Foundation.
Watch the video after the copy and tell me if that’s a journalist or a shill for the Clinton gang?
Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton communications aide, interviewed Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on the April 26 edition of This Week, where he pushed back against his reporting and Schweizer himself, repeating Democratic attacks that he had a “partisan interest” in disparaging the Clintons.
“They say you used to work for President Bush as a speech writer. You are funded by the Koch brothers,” he said. “How do you respond to that?”
“As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven’t produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as secretary that supported the interest of donors,” he asked later. “We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. An independent government ethics expert at the Sunlight Foundation Bill Allison wrote this: ‘There’s no smoking gun. No evidence that the changed policy based on donations to the foundation. No smoking gun.’ Is there a smoking gun?”
Stephanopoulos did not point out that the Sunlight Foundation is funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros.
In an interview with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart after his interview of Schweizer, Stephanopoulos called the case of allegations against the Clinton Foundation “a tough one.”
“I read the book that this is based on, Clinton Cash, and I actually interviewed the author on Sunday,” he said. “This is a tough one. Because when you actually look at, look closely at it, he even says there is no evidence of any direct action taken on behalf of the donors … But everybody also knows when those donors give that money, President Clinton or someone, they get a picture with him, there is a hope that is going to lead to something.”
That interview with Schweizer was shameful. Stephanopoulos peppered the writer with questions, interrupting him, talking over him, not giving him time to respond in his attempt to discredit him. What kind of “journalism” is that?
ABC must be shamed into shelving Stephanopoulos for the campaign. Republicans can help by refusing to appear on any ABC News program until they do.