Mike Lee’s office: He won’t appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 coverage; Update: Won’t moderate debate

posted at 2:41 pm on May 14, 2015 by Allahpundit

That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?

Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in their own political interest not to be interviewed by people who can’t be bothered to disclose their donations to the Clinton family slush fund while aggressively defending it on the air in the course of “reporting.”

Rand Paul’s already halfway there:

Rand Paul is the first Republican presidential candidate to say George Stephanopoulos shouldn’t moderate the 2016 debates after it was revealed the ABC anchor donated large sums to the Clinton Foundation.

“It’s impossible to divorce yourself from that, even if you try,” the Kentucky senator told the New York Times in an interview. “I just think it’s really, really hard because he’s been there, so close to them, that there would be a conflict of interest if he tried to be a moderator of any sort.”

Good for Rand, but calling on Stephanopoulos not to moderate the debates is easy. Of course a former Clinton employee should have no influence over the GOP nomination when Hillary Clinton’s over on the other side of the field, waiting for her opponent. Even without Steph chipping in to the slush fund that’s a no-brainer, especially after his dubious contribution to the Republican race last time. I’ll be surprised if 24 hours pass before the RNC issues an ultimatum to ABC to exclude Stephanopoulos from the panel if it wants to host a GOP debate this year. Wouldn’t be the first time either that Reince Priebus has threatened a network that’s too soft on Hillary with a loss of Republican campaign events. It’s an easy way to make righties happy. The only question is whether booting Stephanopoulos from the debates is enough or whether the GOP field should go the full Mike Lee route and cut off ABC. The network’s not going to pull the anchor of their Sunday morning talk show from the 2016 campaign entirely, so if Republicans follow Lee, they’d better be ready to stick to the boycott.

Exit question via Andrew Stiles, who broke this story: What did Stephanopoulos mean when he acknowledged recently that donors to the Clinton Foundation typically expect something in return for their donations? Has Steph, perchance, heard from anyone at Team Hillary about a White House job if and when she’s elected? He must have a good reason to have risked whatever credibility he’d earned over the years as an “impartial” political reporter by insisting on grilling Peter Schweizer himself rather than farming out that assignment to someone who didn’t have a conflict of interest.

Actually, here’s a better exit question: How many other members of the media have donated to the Slush Fund Foundation and “forgotten” to disclose?

Update: That solves one problem:

The “Good Morning America” co-anchor and host of “This Week” said that he would not moderate ABC’s GOP debate, which is scheduled to take place in February in New Hampshire. Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that Stephanopoulos should be prohibited from moderating any debates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I won’t moderate that debate,” Stephanopoulos said. “I think I’ve shown that I can moderate debates fairly. That said, I know there have been questions made about moderating debates this year. I want to be sure I don’t deprive viewers of a good debate.”

But Stephanopoulos said that he would not recuse himself from coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, despite urging from the office of Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, which said Thursday that Sen. Lee would be advised not to go on “This Week” unless the host “recuses himself from all 2016 coverage.”

Good enough for Republican candidates? Or are we going to the mat with Mike Lee here?

Oh, by the way: Turns out Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, not $50,000 as was earlier reported, and his donations stretch back three years. That’s a long time to “forget” disclosure.


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As if that’s the only reason why Stephanopoulos shouldn’t be allowed into the same time belt with the debates.

Rix on May 14, 2015 at 2:45 PM

I once forgot that I gave someone $75k, this sort of thing happens.

Bishop on May 14, 2015 at 2:45 PM

so what’s the story here where’s my bong?

weedisgood on May 14, 2015 at 10:06 AM

NotCoach on May 14, 2015 at 2:46 PM

They’d be better off if they call out all of the journ-O-lists. But this is a start.

Flange on May 14, 2015 at 2:46 PM

But Stephanopoulos said that he would not recuse himself from coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, despite urging from the office of Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, which said Thursday that Sen. Lee would be advised not to go on “This Week” unless the host “recuses himself from all 2016 coverage.”

Erh…..if Lil’ George recuses himself from covering any 2016 campaigning, doesn’t that preclude Lee from appearing on Georgie’s show until after the 2016 election?

BobMbx on May 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Greek Bears Gift, Horse at 11

cbenoistd on May 14, 2015 at 2:48 PM

The only question is whether booting Stephanopoulos from the debates is enough or whether the GOP field should go the full Mike Lee route and cut off ABC. The network’s not going to pull the anchor of their Sunday morning talk show from the 2016 campaign entirely, so if Republicans follow Lee, they’d better be ready to stick to the boycott.

This should be a no-brainer for the GOP to boycott the entire ABC News network (and that should also include Kimmel and Ferguson)- but this is the stupid party.

And this boycott shouldn’t just be Lee, or the GOP announced candidates, but all members of the GOP. No appearances, don’t take / answer questions from ABC reporters, and absolutely no ABC moderated debates or ABC affiliated reporters on an debate panels. Not until ABC decides to relearn the meaning of the words ‘ethics’ and ‘integrity’.

Athos on May 14, 2015 at 2:49 PM

ABC is the real problem here….they say nothing but an “honest mistake”…

Boycott ABC not just George Steph…..!

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Oh, by the way: Turns out Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, not $50,000 as was earlier reported, and his donations stretch back three years. That’s a long time to “forget” disclosure.

They can’t help themselves with the lying.

I think the Republicans should go to the mat with Lee. Ban Stepincrapalot from all GOP interviews etc.

Iblis on May 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Beware of Geeks bearing gifts. (With apologies to my Greek friends)

birdwatcher on May 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Erh…..if Lil’ George recuses himself from covering any 2016 campaigning, doesn’t that preclude Lee from appearing on Georgie’s show until after the 2016 election?

BobMbx on May 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

The assumption is that someone would cover for Snuffleupagus during those shows covering the 2016. Perhaps that paragon of objective virtue Christiane Amanpour.

NotCoach on May 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

But Stephanopoulos said that he would not recuse himself from coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, despite urging from the office of Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, which said Thursday that Sen. Lee would be advised not to go on “This Week” unless the host “recuses himself from all 2016 coverage.”

Fine. But a crawler should appear below him during any exchange reading, “Donated 50 thousand dollars to the Clintons and is biased in his opinion.”

hawkdriver on May 14, 2015 at 2:51 PM

I’ve been boycotting ABC for years….!

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 2:51 PM

“I think I’ve shown that I can moderate debates fairly.

Umm, no. You haven’t. Lying crap weasel.

Iblis on May 14, 2015 at 2:51 PM

And NBC….and CBS…and MSNBC.

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

so, he still plans to “moderate” future debates in which the wife of his old boss – whose presidency launched his career – will be one of the candidates. uh-huh.

This would be like if ABC made Karl Rove the face of their news division and naturally expected that he should be able to host a debate with a Democrat and Jeb Bush. I’m sure the left would greet it with a shrug, like this.

crrr6 on May 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

That $75,000 wasn’t a contribution. It was hommage as a vassal of allegiance to his lord Clinton under feudal law.

portlandon on May 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Every interview a Repub does with Steph this should be brought up. The guy has no impartiality.

TulsAmerican on May 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM

WE all know how honest the liberal, progressive, communistic MEDIA is – don’t we!

look at all the favoritism on the last elections!

They almost gave Obama a BJ they were so prone to him!

Obamatrix on May 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

They’d be crazy not to boycott ABC. Boycotting one of them is a powerful wedge to use against the cozy anti-conservative collaboration that occurs between these so-called competitors in the MSM.

Establishmentarian GOP will of course be too wimpy to do it and side with ABC over Lee, so it’ll just be one more opportunity lost in the end.

forest on May 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Breaking: Candy Crowley coming over to ABC…..

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

That $75,000 wasn’t a contribution. It was hommage as a vassal of allegiance to his lord Clinton under feudal law.

portlandon on May 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

I hope he at least got a landed title out of it.

NotCoach on May 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

This would be like if ABC made Karl Rove the face of their news division and naturally expected that he should be able to host a debate with a Democrat and Jeb Bush. I’m sure the left would greet it with a shrug, like this.

crrr6 on May 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

I respectfully disagree. Karl Rove would be very helpful to their side if it meant nuking a conservative.

arnold ziffel on May 14, 2015 at 2:58 PM

It doesn’t matter much that he isn’t going to moderate a GOP debate, but will he be allowed to moderate a presidential debate with candidate Hillary? You would think not but no amount of bs from the media surprises me anymore.

supernova on May 14, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Let’s watch how the other Nets cover this…might be telling?

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 2:59 PM

50 grand…75 grand…do I hear a million? SOLD!

vnvet on May 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

I respectfully disagree. Karl Rove would be very helpful to their side if it meant nuking a conservative.

arnold ziffel on May 14, 2015 at 2:58 PM

guess you missed the part where I said he’d be moderating a debate with Jeb Bush and a Democrat. ;-)

crrr6 on May 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

What if all the news on ABC, et al was actually propaganda and lies to keep the Democrats in power and to distract the masses from what is really going on…?

… I know, I know, that’s just crazy talk.

Anyone else catch American Idol last night…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Will Bernie Sanders boycott ABC…?

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Actually, here’s a better exit question: How many other members of the media have donated to the Slush Fund Foundation and “forgotten” to disclose?

Hey that IS a good question. :) From Ed’s about this story earlier today, here’s some wanker commenting a few hours ago:

For at least all the cycles through the coming weekend, I’d like to see GOP candidates, flacks and grassroots folk start going after every reporter in the country assigned to the Election 2016 beat and asking them in public, live, on the air if they also have a “Stephanopoulos problem”:

“hey, so I’m sure your viewers want to know have you ever donated to any of the Clinton charities? Its totes OK if you have, of course because #freedom. But also its important for your viewers to understand whether you are in any way objective or whether you are a partisan lickspittle. So, have you ever contributed to the Clinton Foundation if so how much and when?”

Then just sit there smiling waiting for an answer.

Sacramento on May 14, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Sacramento on May 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Just another Lame Stream liar.

VorDaj on May 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Democrat Plantation Media (DPM).

VorDaj on May 14, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Stephanoplous has money coming out his eyeballs, but if he cared so “deeply” about African AIDS prevention and deforestation, why the hell would you give to an organization in which 10-15 cents on the dollar actually goes toward that? I think we all know why.

crrr6 on May 14, 2015 at 3:03 PM

“I won’t moderate that debate,” Stephanopoulos said. “I think I’ve shown that I can moderate debates fairly. That said, I know there have been questions made about moderating debates this year. I want to be sure I don’t deprive viewers of a good debate.”

George, you’re a DNC/Clinton hack. You went straight from the War Room to ABC News. A “good debate” in your view is another gotcha, plant question like the one in 2012 about contraception when none of the GOP candidates were discussing it much less proposing bans on the sale of it.

Time to play hardball, Republicans. Obama can slime Fox News and any other person or entity he disagrees with it, now you guys need to boycott ABC News in its entirety until this sh*t stops. And it’s not only ABC, it’s the whole revolving door of Democrat operatives becoming “anchors” and “journalists”.

GOP, go after that moonbat hag, Carol Costello. Demand that CNN get rid of the left-wing moron Cuomo kid. Tell them that until they clean house, your party’s candidates won’t appear or be hosted in a debate by that network. Grow a pair already, you stupid Republicans.

Aizen on May 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

I wonder if George took a tax deduction for those contributions that he forgot…?

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

why should I go to speak to

ABC
CBS
PBS
CNN
MSNBC
Al Jeezeera
Telemundo
Shep smith
Geraldo
or be interviewed by a newspaper

90% are bigoted, Democrat mouthpieces!

Obamatrix on May 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Chris Cuomo has volunteered to host a debate on Freedom of Speech……

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM

The “Good Morning America” co-anchor and host of “This Week” said that he would not moderate ABC’s GOP debate, which is scheduled to take place in February in New Hampshire.

This is simply George getting out of town ahead of the sheriff, because if Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders are joined by Liz Warren in the Democratic presidential field against Hillary — reaching the threshold to where the networks would want to host the Democratic primary debates — you know that Liz, Martin and Bernie would also be howling about any attempt by ABC to have Stephanopolous host a debate. And George being called out by the left side of the Democratic Party would be far worse for his career in the liberal media bubble than any complaints from Republicans will be.

jon1979 on May 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM

the guy had daily conference calls with the white house for years and the GOP turned the other way.

bannor on May 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM

What difference does it make? It’s not like the GOP will get a fair shake from anyone but Fox News, and maybe not even then.

myiq2xu on May 14, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Does anybody “really” believe Stephanopoulos forgot at least $75K in donations to the Clinton “Slush Fund”? If so, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I can let you have for practically nothing……

The only question is: How many other so-called “non-partisan journalists” have also contributed?

Bill M on May 14, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Turns out Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, not $50,000 as was earlier reported,

Just to keep track: that’s $7,500 to charity and $67,500 to the Clinton Slush Fund.

PackerBronco on May 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

I wonder if George took a tax deduction for those contributions that he forgot…?

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

It’s a safe bet that his tax attorney is on the Clinton Foundation payroll.

antipc on May 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

I wonder if George took a tax deduction for those contributions that he forgot…?

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Good question. If he took the deductions he would have just been reminded last month when filing, if he didn’t then he must have been trying to hide it. There is no excuse for this but expect the left will again ethically pardon him as one of their own.

tej on May 14, 2015 at 3:14 PM

And the RNC yawns….over to you Reince.

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Wait wait. He was going to moderate again? We’re done. You rubes. You don’t take questions from the scumbags in the demedia complex! You ask them!
They stick a camera in your face demand to know how much ABC and the other alphabets paid the Clinton crime syndicate.
And unless Stepalocaucus will answer how many women he held down for Bill he leaves the stage. Demand his hack replacement answer the same. “How many women did you help Bill rape.
Take the fight to them!

onomo on May 14, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Full boycott of ABC would be great.
Good for Lee.
Good for Florina.
Good for Cruz.
Maybe some slight credit should be given to Newt, who in 2012 showed the Republicans how to fight back against the biased press.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 14, 2015 at 3:17 PM

You don’t think Reince contributed to the Clin…..? Nah

d1carter on May 14, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Wow, it was $75,000 and not $50,000?

So George is STILL lying about it?

No conservatives or Republicans should go on “This Week with The Clintons’ Spokesman” ever again.

Captain Kirock on May 14, 2015 at 3:17 PM

And please remember, this is the man who started the whole “Republicans are waging a war on women” thing with his birth control question of Romney. Was that a “fair” question or a strategized and planted one? And when EXACTLY were these donations made? Do they coincide with anything else we thought was just him being a “journalist”?

UnderstandingisPower on May 14, 2015 at 3:21 PM

This is simply George getting out of town ahead of the sheriff, because if Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders are joined by Liz Warren in the Democratic presidential field against Hillary — reaching the threshold to where the networks would want to host the Democratic primary debates — you know that Liz, Martin and Bernie would also be howling about any attempt by ABC to have Stephanopolous host a debate. And George being called out by the left side of the Democratic Party would be far worse for his career in the liberal media bubble than any complaints from Republicans will be.

jon1979 on May 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM

So how about Sean Hannity moderating a Dem debate?

Steve Z on May 14, 2015 at 3:26 PM

“The ability to forget or not remember”, is this the new definition of Objectivity ?

steveracer on May 14, 2015 at 3:35 PM

So how about Sean Hannity moderating a Dem debate?

Steve Z on May 14, 2015 at 3:26 PM

There is one fly in all of this delicious ointment: what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. (Stop me, before I trope again!)

There’s such a revolving door between the media and Washington these days, that it probably won’t be difficult for Dems to “disqualify” conservative debate moderators for their financial support of Republican office holders or GOP initiatives or various conservative causes. That may be one reason why the GOP hasn’t pushed too hard against the Stephanapolouses and Crowleys of the world. (And how soon do we forget Gwen– “I have confidence that Gwen Ifill will do a professional job.” John McCain– Iffil.)

Although I’m more inclined to believe it’s been GOP intimation and fecklessness. Good that some are finally are drawing the line. (As long as it’s not red.)

de rigueur on May 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

All Rs should boycott interviews with him and not just because of the foundation donations. He was one of Clinton’s staff for petes sake.

Imagine how much leftists would complain if a former Bush staff member was now “moderating”Fox News sSunday.

cat_owner on May 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

There’s Lake Bishop for us, and Lake Clinton for them.

RushBaby on May 14, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Go the mat with Mike Lee. And grow a backbone on other issues too.

jazzuscounty on May 14, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Go the mat with Mike Lee. And grow a backbone on other issues too.

jazzuscounty on May 14, 2015 at 3:47 PM

…GOP intimation and fecklessness.

de rigueur on May 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

intimidation

de rigueur on May 14, 2015 at 3:48 PM

ABC should fire him. This is pretty despicable, even for a Democrat.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2015 at 3:49 PM

So are all reporters who’ve donated to political causes, parties or candidates ineligible to report on and/or moderate debates for the 2016 election?

Politricks on May 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

George Skataphilos can pound hot sand!

The Evil Doctor K on May 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

The GOP needs to make ABC choke on Steph. The Left loves a boycott, give’em one.

Tater Salad on May 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM

If bill oreilly gave $10 to rand Paul’s campaign, the Dems would boycott him and oppose him covering the campaign without a single ‘strikebreaker’ in the bunch.
Country club republicans? Expect a few ‘disappointing and unacceptable’ comments from senator turtle and Hanoi McCain, followed by complete acquiescence.
Because bipartisanship or something.

orangemtl on May 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM

So are all reporters who’ve donated to political causes, parties or candidates ineligible to report on and/or moderate debates for the 2016 election?

Politricks on May 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Maybe not. As long as they provide a complete itemized list of their donations attached to the questionnaire that the GOP ought to insist on every debate moderator candidate completing. False, misleading or incomplete answers shall result in immediate dismissal during the debate– live, onstage, on national television.

de rigueur on May 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

So are all reporters who’ve donated to political causes, parties or candidates ineligible to report on and/or moderate debates for the 2016 election?

Politricks on May 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Just be open and honest about it, put it on your main web pages for the organizations you work for where you give opinions or do the ‘news’ so that everyone can see who you contribute to and what your biases are.

It isn’t the contributing, it is the dishonesty and opaqueness that gets me.

And, yeah, I want that for all of the commentary and news ‘reporter’ class.

ajacksonian on May 14, 2015 at 4:10 PM

First line, formally = formerly

hrh40 on May 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Anther Clinton Foundation donor of note-

Donald Trump: 100,000 – 250,000

kcewa on May 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

It just creeps me out how well the Clinton sycophants lie- smooth as silk, all the while looking you right in the eye. Pretty sure that’s part of the definition of a sociopath.

BettyRuth on May 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Well, if you ever needed evidence Mike Lee isn’t one of the best and the brightest, here it is.

What possible good would a boycott do? NONE at all. Same for banning him from debates. He will still be covering the election, shilling for Hillary and covering her ample ass every Sunday.

~

Instead, an intelligent approach would be for every single Republican guest to mention it, no matter what the subject or first question asked, insist Stephanopoulos respond to us first. Every single time.

After four-six weeks of that treatment, I bet even ABC might do something. If not, keep it up until they do.

Adjoran on May 14, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Of course RNC/GOPe should boycott ABC… but they won’t. I found the solution to propaganda TV, though. I fired Dish net. I’ll only watch the debates which stream online.

jffree1 on May 14, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Anther Clinton Foundation donor of note-

Donald Trump: 100,000 – 250,000

kcewa on May 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Not to mention Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation Foundation and the CEO of Newsmax…

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%24500%2C001%20to%20%241%2C000%2C000&page=1

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/newsmax-pledged-1-million-clinton-foundation_858504.htmlP

cam2 on May 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM

…people who can’t be bothered to disclose their donations to the Clinton Crime Family slush fund…

Fixed that for you

BJ* on May 14, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Why is this a story?
Stefie worked for the Clintons. It’s common knowledge. Why would anyone with two brain cells think that when he went into “journalism” that he’d scrap his ideology?
The only shock here is that anyone is shocked.

Deadeye on May 14, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Adjoran on May 14, 2015 at 4:49 PM

A worthy suggestion for Republican guests, which might eventually lead to a nervous breakdown for George, but you’d never see or hear a word of it on his Sunday show. Not unless said Republican guests mentioned it, not every single time, but in every single line. Otherwise, #editing.

ABC can’t edit a boycott or a ban.

The point of any of the above is simply to keep it in the public eye, a continuing a sore point for Steph and ABC.

de rigueur on May 14, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Please GOP. Grow a pair. For once.

Franklin100 on May 14, 2015 at 5:06 PM

The Unspoken Headline:

“George Stephanopoulos admits participation in international money laundering scheme to bypass federal election laws”

They should all be in federal prison.

dominigan on May 14, 2015 at 5:16 PM

I’m sure Martha Raddatz would sure to fill in for George.

diogenes on May 14, 2015 at 5:38 PM

whether the GOP field should go the full Mike Lee route and cut off ABC.

Not that ‘route’ was extraneous, it’s more that this episode has a #GamerGate vibe.

wolfsDad on May 14, 2015 at 6:06 PM

AFTER the whole Mitt Romney/Contraception thing and now this? Nope – ABC is parting ways with Stephanopoulos – it will be later this year, him moving on to greener pastures thing. Disney can’t let that stand and act like they give unbiased coverage. Theu dont want to xompete with MSNBC for least trusted. First time, raised eyebrows and got the talk going, second time? No, can’t talk that one away. You easily come up that Disney/ABC is in the tank for the Democrats, specifically the Clintons.

Anyone want to guess how much money is discovered to have been donated to tbe “Foundation” by Disney? Im interested to find out.

Uncle Joe on May 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Uncle Joe on May 14, 2015

If you want to know, you can check. All donors are listed on the website:
https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=Greater+than+%2425%2C000%2C000

cam2 on May 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM

Great link, cam2. Thanks.

Uncle Joe on May 14, 2015 at 9:33 PM

So are all reporters who’ve donated to political causes, parties or candidates ineligible to report on and/or moderate debates for the 2016 election?

Politricks on May 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

An honest question, I’m sure. Just as the failure to mention his conflict of interest was an honest mistake. Given that you are capable of understanding what such a conflict represents for someone in the business of informing the public about political news, then you will understand that it works like this:

If you are engaged in any behavior which might be characterized as “journalism” – whether investigative, direct reporting, or commentary – regarding a story or topic wherein you have a personal or financial vested interest, it is imperative that, at a minimum, you disclose that interest as a show of good faith that you are capable of impartiality regarding the story or topic. The logical corollary is that failure to properly and fully disclose suggests that you have no interest in impartiality, but will promote or support your vested interest, a behavior which was once known to be a serious ethics violation for those expecting to be considered journalists. It demonstrates contempt for one’s audience, contempt for truth, and leaves one open to charges of acting as an agent for one point of view, rather than one who disseminates information impartially.

But since we’re so far through the looking glass that Drudge is accused of partisanship when he almost never writes commentary, simply providing links to existing stories, and Stephanopolous is defended as a reporter when he has never been anything like such, I would never expect you, Politricks, to take a cold, real look at such things and weigh them on the scales of truth.

Freelancer on May 15, 2015 at 12:34 PM