So, not the median annual income of Americans, 1.5 times the median annual income of Americans. But totally not a conflict of interest or worth disclosing. An “honest mistake.”
Two honest mistakes just hours apart, it seems. A couple hours after Stephanopoulos and ABC ran to Dylan Byers at Politico in the face of inquiries from the Free Beacon‘s Andrew Stiles about Steph’s undisclosed hefty donations to the Clinton Foundation, they ran to Byers again to adjust the amount Steph had donated. From morning to midday, it was $50,000. By afternoon, the number had changed to $75,000. Byers had to append a correction to his original piece because Stephanopoulos can’t even run to a friendly outlet with the right story when they flee the questions of the Free Beacon:
CORRECTION: ABC News initially stated that George Stephanopoulos had given a total of $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation. In an interview on Thursday afternoon, Stephanopoulos said he actually gave $75,000 over 2012, 2013 and 2014.
It’s almost as if the man might be steeped in a specific professional political culture that allows him to think he’s above the rules, be chronically dishonest and opaque about conflicts of interest, and divulge as little as possible while avoiding punishment when finally caught. I wonder where he got that.
Unfortunately, he’s probably right. He won’t be punished except by himself. He’s removed himself from Republican debate moderation and will no doubt sit in his room and think very hard about what he’s done.
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) May 14, 2015