Don not expect ABC News to show that integrity by doing anything to George Stephanopoulos for giving the Hillary Clinton campaign for president $75,000 laundered through a tax-exempt foundation that is merely a ruse for staffing her campaign years ahead of the 2016 election -- and for accepting bribes from foreign dictators.
Nevertheless, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah is correct to boycott this, the most biased and distinctly anti-conservative network of all. It is worse than MSNBC, which at least labels it commentators as such. Network officials have been deceitful for 20 years about their employment of Bill Clinton's PR man.
In 1996, ABC News ignored howls of bias and unfainess by hiring President Clinton's PR flack George Stephanopoulos as an analyst. The network swore up and down he would not do news. Byron York wrote this at the time:
Last week ABC News announced it has hired departing presidential aide George Stephanopoulos as a contributor to "This Week," "Good Morning America" and other programs. The network seemed delighted with its catch. Mr. Stephanopoulos is "one of the best known and most articulate presidential advisers this country has ever seen," news President Roone Arledge said. "His vast knowledge of Washington politics and policy will be an enormous asset to ABC News."
The announcement created some confusion about Mr. Stephanopoulos's role. A press release issued by ABC last Wednesday stated that he "will serve both as a political analyst and as a correspondent." Vice President of News Joanna Bistany now says Mr. Stephanopoulos will be just an analyst; he will not report news or question guests on "This Week." Ms. Bistany says his role will be similar to that of ABC contributor William Kristol, who was Dan Quayle's chief of staff. "We want a mix of voices," she says, adding that Mr. Stephanopoulos "won't do anything that has any appearance of conflict."ABC subsequently promoted Stephanopoulos to the No. 2 spot in its news division's on-air pecking order.
ABC News is a stealthier publicity machine for the Democratic Party than MSNBC.
And far less ethical.