ABC: George Stephanopoulos Is a Towering Giant, But Also an Everyman Who Will Borrow Milk

In a continuing attempt to humanize George Stephanopoulos, ABC is now running lighthearted new promos for the host of This Week. In the spots, the former Democratic campaign operative barges into the kitchen of a couple to ask, "You guys got any milk?"

The admiring woman coos, "It's George Stephanopoulos. He's also on Sunday mornings." In another commercial, a second woman praises, "George on Sunday mornings. Now, that's good." One odd moment in the ad has Stephanopoulos, who is five foot, six inches tall, towering over a refrigerator by a good five inches. (Just how short is that fridge? See picture below.)

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The spot also contains cliched, stilted questions, such as one man asking Stephanopoulos this boring question, "What I want to know is why can't Washington get anything done? "

Stephanopoulos's other show is Good Morning America. As the MRC has showcased, that program has massively increased the number of superficial stories at the expense of news and politics.


This Week promos

#1

[George on the set of This Week]

OFF CAMERA VOICE: 20 Seconds 'till George.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, guys, I'll be right back. [Leaves the set. Arrives in couple's kitchen.] Lot of news out there today. That's some story, isn't it? Mind? [Turns on TV.]

WOMAN: It's George Stephanopoulos. He's also on Sunday mornings.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You guys got any milk?

BOTH: It's in the door.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Thanks, guys. [Back in studio.] Let's get to the bottom line of today's story.

WOMAN: That George never stops.

#2

[George on the set of This Week]

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, guys, I'll be right back. [Leaves the set.]

MAN #1: What I want to know is why can't Washington get anything done?

WOMAN: Yeah.

STEPHANOPOULOS: [Walks into restaurant and pours juice. Great question. That's exactly what we're talking about today. I actually got to get back to work. I got this. [Takes check.]

WOMAN: George on Sunday mornings. Now, that's good.

MAN #2: But we haven't ordered yet.

[Stephanopoulos back on the set.]

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, the question is, why can't Washington get anything done?

[Back at the restaurant.]

MAN: George?

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org