Apparently ABC News standards have dropped since Geraldo Rivera used to work for them. Unlike George Stephanopolous -- who is currently still employed even after his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation -- Rivera was axed when he made a mere $200 political contribution back in 1985.
By Ken Shepherd | May 15, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT
B.B. King passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. The legendary musician is being remembered fondly by Twitter users the world over and, as such, is a trending topic on the social-media site today. But in an explanatory note for why he's trending, Twitter curators apparently had to make it all about President Obama.
By Matthew Balan | May 15, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, liberal anchor Carol Costello actually didn't buy the spin of a Hillary Clinton supporter on her skirting of questions from the press. When Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman did his best to shield Mrs. Clinton, Costello interjected, "I want our political candidates to take tough questions." She later underlined that "she's not answering questions! About her foundation – there are really important issues out there that she needs to address!" Costello later complimented Jeb Bush: "At least he's out there answering hard questions!"
By Clay Waters | May 15, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro made print with his gushy mini-profile of Ivy Ziedrich, the Young Democrat turned instant left-wing heroine for her testy exchange with Jeb Bush over ISIS and his brother's presidential legacy: "Student Who Stood Up To Debate ISIS With Bush."
By Geoffrey Dickens | May 15, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT
George Stephanopoulos may be in trouble right now for donating cash to the Clintons but for years he’s been giving in-kind contributions, in the form of on-air praise and suck-up questions to them in his time as anchor of Good Morning America and host of This Week.
By Ken Shepherd | May 15, 2015 | 1:19 PM EDT
As we all know, MSNBC is painstakingly conscientious to avoid showing any depiction of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, out of a profession of cultural sensitivity and a desire to avoid needless offense to practicing Muslims. But when it comes to Christians who would object to taking the Lord's name in vain, well, that's a different story apparently. Witness the May 14 -- Ascension Day nonetheless! -- edition of All In with Chris Hayes.
By Kyle Drennen | May 15, 2015 | 1:03 PM EDT
Keeping up NBC's extensive coverage of Jeb Bush answering questions about the Iraq war, on Friday's Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: "And it's been a rocky week for all-but-declared presidential hopeful Jeb Bush as he grapples with the shadow of his brother's Iraq war policy. During a town hall in Arizona, he clarified his position for the fourth time this week on the question, 'Would he have taken the country to war?'"
By Curtis Houck | May 15, 2015 | 12:55 PM EDT
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Thursday’s Kelly File, Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz slammed ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos for committing an “unthinkable” blunder in making previously disclosed donations totaling $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation that’s “so severe that it really threatens to undo” his record over “his 18 years at ABC News.” When asked by Kelly just “how bad is” this scandal, Kurtz began by reminding viewers that it’s “[s]uch a bombshell that George Stephanopoulos has now had to withdraw as ABC's moderator in the Republican presidential debate next year.”
By Scott Whitlock | May 15, 2015 | 12:38 PM EDT
The women of The View on Friday took on the subject of bias in the media. Unsurprisingly, their complaints were attacks against Barack Obama and the culprit was Fox News. Co-host Rosie Perez played a recent clip of the President slamming Fox as distorting the truth about those who abuse entitlements.
By Tim Graham | May 15, 2015 | 11:55 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal reported on the Stephanopoulos scandal on Friday, and found another national TV anchor in the database. “Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, gave $250 in 2010 to the foundation’s aid efforts for victims of the Haiti earthquake.” She was a senior correspondent then, before Jim Lehrer retired.
Woodruff initially recalled the donation as being for $1,000, but based the $250 amount as the one on her 2010 tax return. Woodruff tried to make it sound bipartisan:
By Clay Waters | May 15, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, who helped President Bill Clinton juggle various scandals during the 1992 campaign and as White House communication director, has apologized for failing to disclose a total of $75,000 in donations to the controversial Clinton Foundation, even before grilling Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash. The New York Times ran a surprising front-page story , "Stephanopoulos Gifts Reinforce G.O.P. Doubts," which actually touched on examples of Stephanopoulos bias against the GOP, though claiming that such bias had previously been only "circumstantial." Oh really?
By Dylan Gwinn | May 15, 2015 | 10:59 AM EDT
“Dad, what’s ‘humor?’
“Well, it was a way of talking about things – mixing truth with absurdity or irony – that helped us navigate uncomfortable issues. It made people smile and laugh. They even allowed it in the media sometimes. But that was all long ago, before the Rise of the Perpetually Offended.”
If you think that conversation is far-fetched, get a load of USA Today’s Ted Berg. Berg got sniffy about an exchange on Washington, DC’s 106.7 The Fan between the hosts and Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan, who jokingly discussed what position Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper might play if he played in the NFL.
Blogger: In Donation Flap, Stephanopoulos Victim of Clintons’ Bungling and ‘Right-Wing Suspicion of the Liberal Media’By Tom Johnson | May 15, 2015 | 10:38 AM EDT
In the uproar over George Stephanopoulos’s hefty, long-undisclosed contributions to the Clinton Foundation, New York magazine blogger Jonathan Chait casts himself in a role similar to that of the child in the tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” who, after so many have admired their ruler’s supposedly magnificent outfit, points out that the monarch actually is wearing nothing at all.
“Everybody agrees this is terrible,” wrote Chait in a Thursday post. “But…why? [Rand] Paul accuses Stephanopoulos of harboring a ‘conflict of interest.’ But donating money to a charitable foundation is not an interest…It’s true that some donors have an incentive to use the Foundation to get close to the Clintons in a way that might benefit their business interests…But none of those problems reflects poorly on Stephanopoulos.”
The Clinton Foundation, Chait remarked, “is, after all, a charity. It used to have non-partisan overtones…Stephanopoulos’s defense — that he just wanted to donate to the Foundation’s work on AIDS prevention and deforestation — seems 100 percent persuasive. He is the victim of the ethical taint of the Clintons’ poorly handled business dealings, combined with an underlying right-wing suspicion of the liberal media, but what his critics have yet to produce is a coherent case against him.”
By Scott Whitlock | May 15, 2015 | 9:40 AM EDT
Even as he apologized on Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos tried to spin the contributions as innocent, swearing, "I have made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Global Foundation... I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries."
By NB Staff | May 15, 2015 | 9:30 AM EDT
MRC president Brent Bozell issued a statement Friday on George Stephanopoulos and his Clinton Foundation donation scandal:
“The most appropriate way for ABC to resolve this issue is by forbidding Stephanopoulos from anchoring any political coverage of the 2016 cycle or they will face the same integrity and ethics problems now plaguing NBC."