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Stephanopolous Apologizes, Sort Of

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos apologized on air Monday morning for . . . well, for something.

He mentions two faux pas, contributing money – $75,000, though he doesn’t talk sums – to the Clinton Foundation and then not revealing it when he covered the issue.

Here’s the apology:

Over the last several years, I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record, but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the Foundation, and I now believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that.

But look carefully at what he’s actually apologizing for. “Not going the extra mile.”

So, in life, we do our miles, and that is sufficient. And then we do our extra miles, just to be sure.

What Stephanopoulos is saying here is that he didn’t really do anything particularly wrong. He was just being a deeply charitable man. The donations, he notes, were a “mistake,” which is a little different than doing something “wrong.” But having done nothing wrong, he suggests, he should have “gone the extra mile” to make sure nobody would ever think he would do anything wrong.

Actually, not donating in the first place and then disclosing that he did are things he should have done “in the first mile,” not the extra one.

Any reporter knows you don’t donate to organizations with a partisan tilt. If I in my days as a mainstream reporter had given a substantial amount to the Clinton Foundation, done stories on it without spotlighting that I’d donated, and also defended the Foundation on the Jon Stewart Show, I’d have been marched across the newsroom to my editor’s office and fired. And nobody on the publication would have come to my defense.

If you can tell me there was nothing in the back of Stephanopoulos’s mind telling him that $75,000 would get him in good with the Clintons, then I’d like you to produce an MRI of the back of Stephanopoulus’s mind to prove it.

Here’s the apology.

And here he is going to bat for the Foundation.

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31 Responses to Stephanopolous Apologizes, Sort Of

  1. While he gave that explanation to clear his name and ABC’s, he should have held up a receipt showing exactly where the money went!!!
    OT: o is now speaking. I listened for 25 seconds, and I am now glacing at the TV to read what he is saying.
    He has a nice, serious face on, while he is speaking.
    He should have tried that face, instead of the face he used while insulting the police. Very short. Walking off the stage shook 2 or 3 hands.
    Golf time!!!!!!

  2. THAT’S THE PROBLEM! No One in the “news media” today has any shame or morals…
    Its all about being ‘popular/cool’ with todays scumbag politicans in Washington DC and of course the $$$$$ & ratings…

  3. When you have no shame, no one can shame you. The means will always justify the end result. No any other political party would be roasted at the stake. Not demos, they are the only ones that have a heart & want to do good in the world. So be it if they make themselves dirtbag rich along the way. All the other political points of view are out to pollute the world & step on starving children in their quest for their riches.

  4. Of course he was buying Clinton “favors” and he does “owe” them for his lucrative career on a major network.

    I also heard Donald Trump donated 100k to the CGI, because of the influence Clinton(s) have globally. And Trump is all about the global ! Of course that’s not the same thing as bringing the folks “unbiased” news, eh George?

  5. “The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.”
    — Mahatma Gandhi

  6. Having orders from his agent – Get out there and apologize!, GeorgeS ends up apologizing for other people’s lack of compassion for AIDS victims, etc that was his only motive for the money donated. pfft.
    There’s some consolation that he was outed as a partisan hack for the Clintons, and that the money he donated probably went right into the Clinton’s bank account instead of the lofty goals he was led to believe was the sole purpose of the foundation.
    The Clintons owe him an apology.

  7. Just shows that the corruption in this country is not a problem to the MSM. Corruption runs from top to bottom here now.

    Local Mayor, council members all indited and convicted of taking bribes to OK building houses in the local wet lands. Gov of this state has gotten the high speed train to nowhere approved to the tune of 6 billion dollars. No one will ride it. Who got bribed and payed off is yet to be revealed.
    Clinton vs Bush 3 – totally corrupt!

  8. Every R candidate should put back in the face of every other one of these democrat plants with their own contributions to D candidates . Like so , Reporter asks ” Snark trap question ? ” R candidate then replies ” Just the sort of question I would expect of you , Charlie , given that last year you gave $ XXX to Dem candidates A and B ” The info is out there for every one of these shills and easily fed to the candidate by earpiece or whatever . Light them up , one and all . And then be reasonable , “Nice question Charlie ,and just how did Hillary respond ” It’s a war out there and the MSM is part and parcel of the enemy

  9. The ONLY reason Stepanopoulos gave money to the foundation was for access because if he gave it for the charity, he is really more stupid than I thought. The CFoundation only gives 15% of money raised to the cause. In other words, of the $75k he gave, he gave $63,750 to the Clinton’s and $11,250 to AIDS. My understanding is that when one makes large donation, the whole amount can’t be deducted from the tax return – only the amount that is the actual charity. So let’s see his tax returns and see if he took the full amount.

  10. Progressive socialists never are wrong, they only make mistakes and expect forgiveness; while offering none of any political opponent. They are apologetic only because they got caught.

  11. “Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries…”

    Seems that George W. Bush’s efforts have been focused on this for a long time now, both while he was in office and since he left. Couldn’t Georgie have sought out former President Bush if he wanted to help…or any of the numerous other non-Clinton Foundation related charities that do work in this area?

  12. I heard Rush earlier remind me of P. George H. Bush interview on Larry King years ago.
    One of the callers was Stephanopolous. He went on and on talking, Larry King didn’t not stop the call.

  13. Also the relationship between the media and this Administration is incestuous — marriages and family members. And I am not at all surprised that little Georgie who has been a Clinton lapdog and servant forever would fail to disclose. I am surprised that we are surprised. I am even more surprised that this wasn’t suppressed and found its way into the MSM.

    There is a lot under the surface and good investigators like Atkinsson and in this case, the Free Beacon, should be commended. Just think what could be brought to light….but the barriers are tough.

  14. I feel very sorry for the parents of George Stephanopoulos–Robert and Nickolitsa Stephanopoulos. His father is a Greek Orthodox priest and Dean Emeritus of the Archdiocesan of the Holy Trinity in NYC. His mother was director of the national news service of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. They are both highly respected and well regarded. The cross they must bear is that their son, George, turned out to be a sniveling political hack who sold his soul to the Clintons.

  15. Georgie StepOnAllOfUs is just a former Clinton hack that is greasing his way back into their graces, looking for some advisory role maybe?