Is there a journalist on the left in the mainstream media that isn’t connected to the Clintons somehow?
List coming soon.
But this is the case of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who should recuse himself from political coverage.
Before his career as a journalist, Stephanopoulos attended law school before taking a job in Washington, D.C., as an aide to Democratic Congressman Ed Feighan of Ohio. After that Stephanopoulos worked on the Michael Dukakis (Dem) 1988 U.S. presidential campaign. He has noted that one of his attractions to this campaign was that Dukakis was a Greek-American liberal from Massachusetts. After this campaign, Stephanopoulos became the “floor man” for Dick Gephardt (Dem), U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader; he held this position until he joined the Clinton campaign.
George Stephanopoulos an advisor to the Democratic Party then became communications director for the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and subsequently became White House communications director. He was later a senior advisor for policy and strategy, before departing in December 1996.
On February 25, 1994, Stephanopoulos and Harold Ickes had a conference call with Roger Altman to discuss the Resolution Trust Corporation’s choice of Republican lawyer Jay Stephens to head the Madison Guaranty investigation, that later turned into the Whitewater controversy.
Stephanopoulos resigned from the Clinton administration shortly after Clinton was re-elected in 1996.
CLINTON FOUNDATION DONATIONS
In between 2012 and 2014 while he was working for ABC, Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
What makes this extra shady is the fact that Stephanopoulos did not disclose the donations to ABC News, his employer, or to his viewers. Nor did he reveal the donations even on April 26, 2015, while interviewing Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash.
“Obviously, Stephanopoulos has favorable feelings toward Hillary and Bill Clinton; he gives their foundation his money and his time,” Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash.”
After exposure of the donations by Politico on May 14, 2015, Stephanopoulos apologized and admitted he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.
Even shadier is that in the month prior to this revelation, Stephanopoulos said to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that when money is given to the Clinton Foundation “everybody” knows there’s “a hope that that’s going to lead to something, and that’s what you have to be careful of.”
The question is…what did Stephanopoulos want and what did he receive or hope to. If anything.
This isn’t the only shady business Mr. Stephanopoulos has been involved in.
REAL ESTATE SCANDAL
Stephanopoulos also sealed an $835,000 commercial real estate deal from NationsBank consisting of a two-story apartment, including an eyewear retailer, with a below-market loan rate. The bank owned by Hugh McColl, who had been called by President Clinton “the most enlightened banker in America”.
Now you may be thinking, but so what?
Ah but there’s more to this.
A NationsBank commercial loan officer said that this loan did “not fit our product matrix” as banks typically offer such loans for only those customers who have deep pockets and on a short-term adjustable rate basis. Stephanopoulos’s real estate agent explained that “nobody making $125,000 could qualify for the property without the commercial property (lease).” One former senior bank regulator said, “If his name were George Smith, and he didn’t work in the White House, this loan wouldn’t have gotten made.”
But why are we calling him out? Because Stephanopoulos is the lead anchor for coverage of breaking news and major special events for ABC. He’s proven time and time again that he’s very bias and his history explains why.
It’s all about that Clinton connection baby! And in Stephanopoulos’ case, there’s too much of it. Not to mention his long history as a Democrat advisor.
This is why ABC’s George Stephanopoulos should recuse himself from political coverage.
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