ABC Hypes ‘Television Trailblazer’s’ Gun Control and Abortion Lobbying

In a bit of network self promotion and ideological cheerleading, ABC’s Nightline on Wednesday night hyped the series finale of Scandal. Co-host Juju Chang hailed star Kerry Washington’s Democratic advocacy: “But while she keeps her personal life personal, she does speak out publicly about issues like gun control and women's rights.”  

Chang showed a clip of the actress at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The actress touted how her real life liberalism mirrors the show’s: “The truth is I was working for the real Obama White House before I was working for the pretend Grant administration.” 

 

 

Chang lauded her character Olivia Pope: “She’s a television trailblazer, fiercely independent and unapologetic.” In October, Washington appeared on another ABC show, The View, to complain about Republican control: “We've been talking for almost a year now about this tragic situation.”

Scandal has a long history of attacking conservatives. For more on that, go here to this NewsBusters report.  

A partial transcript is below: 

Nightline
4/18/18
12:57am ET

JUJU CHANG: She’s a television trailblazer, fiercely independent and unapologetic. 

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CHANG: But while she keeps her personal life personal, she does speak out publicly about issues like gun control and women's rights. 

KERRY WASHINGTON: The truth is I was working for the real Obama White House before I was working for the pretend Grant administration. Being on the show and having the career that I've had has allowed me to speak at the Democratic National Convention. [Speaking at DNC.] None of us can be silent. [Clip ends] So I may have a voice that more people pay attention to, but I don't participate because I'm on a TV show. I participate because it's required of me as an American. I have to vote, I have to show up. I have to be educated. That's what democracy means. 

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