This is an oldie, but it says something interesting. For the June 6 paper, Los Angeles Times writer Scott Collins interviewed ABC's George Stephanopoulos on his show This Week rising in the ratings a bit. When you think network hosts (especially ones with campaign-flack backgrounds) see themselves as earnest referees and not players in politics, remember this:
Q: Do you miss politics?
GS: I'm in it every week!
Q: You know what I mean.
GS: No. I've been doing this a long time. I've been doing this for 10 years now — not as anchor, but I left the White House 10 years ago. I'm committed to doing this.
While Stephanopoulos acknowledged last year that he talks with James Carville "every day," at the Times interview's end, he played coy about how much he's still chatting with the Clintons:
Q: Are the Clintons watchers of "This Week"?
GS: They've both appeared on it.
Q: Yes, but do they watch it?
GS: You'll have to ask them. I hope so.