Clinton Global Initiative
ABC's George Stephanopoulos acknowledged his tens of thousands of dollars of donations to the Clinton Foundation in a Thursday interview with Politico's Dylan Byers. Byers reported that "Stephanopoulos...said that, contrary to earlier reports, he has given a total of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation." The Good Morning America anchor also announced that "he will not moderate the ABC News-sponsored Republican primary debate in February after failing to disclose those contributions."
Showcasing an extreme conflict of interest, it was revealed on Thursday that George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation and did not disclose the contribution to the public or his employer, ABC . A look back at past interviews shows a cozy Stephanopoulos fawning over the charity. On September 24, 2014, the Good Morning America host praised, "The annual Clinton Global Initiative brings together world leaders...and celebrities, re-imagining the world and taking action."
On Monday's New Day on CNN, the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza asserted that there was no wrongdoing in former President Bill Clinton helping his brother-in-law, Tony Rodham, get a job with former DNC head Terry McAuliffe (who's now the governor of Virginia): "Bill Clinton was not in office. It doesn't seem to conflict with her [Hillary Clinton's] job as secretary of state. If Bill Clinton helped out the brother-in-law, I don't see that as a scandal."
ABC and NBC's evening newscasts on Friday both spotlighted how a former New Jersey government official pled guilty as a result of Bridgegate. On World News Tonight, ABC's Ron Claiborne touted how "this scandal has taken a tremendous toll on Governor [Chris] Christie's presidential prospects," even after pointing out how "nowhere in today's indictments is Governor Christie said to have known about the alleged plot." By contrast, both programs continued their week-long blackout on the Clinton Foundation scandal.
The financial and ethical controversy surrounding the charitable foundation run by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton finally received attention this week from the nation’s largest Spanish-language network.
Univision, whose executive chairman, Haim Saban, is a top Clinton campaign and Clinton Foundation financial backer, aired a full report on the Foundation’s admitted financial reporting lapses and included the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged influence peddling as part of the mix.
Univisión, cuyo presidente Haim Saban es uno de los principales donantes de campaña de Hillary y de la Fundación Clinton, transmitió un reporte completo sobre los errores que ha admitido la Fundación en sus finanzas, la controversia sobre los e-mails, y otras alegaciones de tráfico de influencias.
CNN joined ABC and CBS on Wednesday night by offering up its own softball sit-down interview with former President Bill Clinton and promoting his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) organiztion. This time, CNN went beyond ABC and CBS in running a tapped, hour-long program entitled President Bill Clinton: A CNN Special Town Hall.
Outfront host Erin Burnett hosted the program in prime time and asked plenty of easy questions, including asking Clinton how he will “baby-proof the White House” with their daughter Chelsea’s pending birth to her first child and the assumption that Hillary Clinton will become President after the 2016 presidential election.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos cozied up to his former boss Bill Clinton for an exclusive 9 minute interview on Wednesday’s Good Morning America in which he did his best promote the former president and his Clinton Global Initiative. During the discussion, which looked more like two buddies hanging out than an actual interview, Stephanopoulos lamented how President Obama’s “caught in something of a box...How does he work his way out of that box?”
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