Conservatives Try To Turn Stephanopoulos Into Brian Williams
It was never a secret that George Stephanopoulos was close to the Clintons after having worked for them, and it should have been no surprise that he contributed to their foundation. As Matt Wilstein writes:
Conservatives smell blood in the water at ABC News after George Stephanopoulos apologized for not disclosing $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation and then said he never should have made the donations in the first place. After Sen. Rand Paul’s requested it, he even recused himself from moderating 2016 presidential debates for ABC. Many conservatives now appear to be hoping to take it a step further by trying to turn Stephanopoulos into the “next Brian Williams,” except this time with a damning connection to Hillary Clinton…
In a statement, ABC News said, “He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him.” By taking himself off of the 2016 debates, Stephanopoulos may have mitigated the damage and preserved his place as host of Good Morning America and This Week.
Whereas Williams lost his credibility among a diverse group of viewers by exaggerating his experience on a largely non-partisan issue, Stephanopoulos has provided ammunition to conservatives, who, based on his history as a senior adviser to Bill Clinton, probably were not his biggest fans in the first place.
Conservative pundits can try to turn him into the “next Brian Williams,” but the comparison — while politically enticing — probably won’t resonate outside the conservative media bubble.