Stephanopoulos Actually Asks If It's 'Appropriate' for Ailes, Accused of Sexual Harassment, to Advise Trump

On Good Morning America Wednesday, ABC anchor, longtime Clinton Foundation donor and former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos grilled Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on a laundry list of topics before asking this embarrassingly obtuse question: Is it ‘appropriate’ for Fox News’ Roger Ailes to advise Trump, after he’s been accused of sexual harassment?

From the start, Stephanopoulos grilled Conway on everything from a Clinton ad’s claims about Trump, to Florida AG Pam Bondi. Not getting the answers he wanted,  Stephanopoulos moved on to Trump’s relationship with Roger Ailes and asked this, rather obtuse question:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Another big story in the news today. Roger Ailes, Fox News paying a $20 million settlement over those -- that sexual harassment lawsuit. Lots of reporting Mr. Ailes is advising Mr. Trump, meeting with him, going over debate prep, helping with attack lines. Is that appropriate in light of this settlement?

But Bill Clinton and Roger Ailes both "settled" lawsuits against them without admitting guilt. Shouldn’t Stephanopoulos ask this same question to Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about Bill advising her despite his own history of sexual assault?. Doubtful, since Stephanopoulos actually worked for Bill Clinton before he worked for ABC, and Mook interned for the Stephanopoulos in the ‘90s.

Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.