The slime pit that is the Clinton Cash scandal just keeps getting deeper and deeper.
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has been revealed as one of the big donors to the Clinton Foundation, which is at the center of allegations that Hillary Clinton may have given favors to donors while at the State Department.
Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the foundation without revealing it to either his bosses at ABC News or to the viewers who actually imagined he was some sort of journalist, not a political flack.
This is another black eye for ABC, which has been dealing in recent months with fallout from the revelation of Brian Williams’ fabrications about himself and news events he was involved in.
But Williams’ Walter Mitty-esque fantasy life is small potatoes next to the revelation of Stephanopoulos’ contributions to the Clintons even while he was defending them on air.
It’s also a chance to say told-you-so for critics who protested when ABC hired the former Clinton White House staffer to read the news and pretend to be an impartial journalist.
Not only has Stephanopoulos been a partisan media figure over the years, but he didn’t reveal his ongoing financial support of the Clintons even when grilling author Peter Schweizer, who wrote the book, “Clinton Cash,” that blew the lid off the Clinton Foundation/State Department scam.
In a written apology statement, Stephanopoulos claimed he made the donations in 2013 and 2014 to support the Clinton Foundation’s work regarding global AIDS prevention and deforestation.
Stephanopoulos is the ABC chief anchor and chief political correspondent, as well as the co-anchor of “Good Morning America” and host of “This Week,” so he’s got a lot of face time on air. As could be expected, ABC News is standing by him, saying it was an “honest mistake.”
When Stephanopoulos interviewed Schweizer, he attacked the author’s assertion that Hillary Clinton may have committed crimes while at the State Department, based on the perception of patterns in the timing of State Department actions and donations.
At one point in the interview, Stephanopoulos said, “We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. An independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, wrote this. He said, ‘There’s no smoking gun, no evidence that she changed the policy based on donations to the foundation.’ No smoking gun.”
As usual with the Obama Administration and the Clintons, there’s a smoking gun. It’s just that Stephanopoulos and others like him at other media outlets keep trying to blow the smoke into viewers’ faces.