GMA’s George Stephanopoulos Ensnared in Credibility Crisis for 2016 Election Coverage
For the time being, ABC News is standing by Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos in the controversy regarding this undisclosed donations to the Clinton Family Foundation. It turns out that for the past three years, Stephanopoulos has been donating $25,000 a year to the foundation. Thus far, his charitable donations total $75,000. In and of itself, there is no problem with the former Clinton insider supporting any foundation of his choice.
The conflict of interest problem starts with the fact that he got engaged in what was described as a “contentious” debate with Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash”. In the book, Schweizer contends that the pattern of favorable State Department rulings for foreign entities coincided with those same companies making donations to the Clinton Family Foundation. According to the book’s author, that pattern occurred during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The potentially serious allegation of influence peddling warrants further scrutiny according to Schweizer. Yet, Stephanopoulos would have nothing of it and took the author to task. The problem is he did not disclose to viewers his obvious bias in being a three-year supporter of the foundation. ABC views the incident as much ado about nothing according to Ray Lane. However, the GOP, still rankled by Stephanopoulos coining the “War on Women” mantra in 2012, want to see him recuse himself from election coverage next year. It isn’t clear whether Stephanopoulos will be able to weather the controversy unscathed.