Media Research Center Founder: ‘Conservatives Must Avoid ABC’ after Stephanopoulos Violates Journalism Ethics

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Media Research President Brent Bozell is warning conservatives to avoid ABC after the way the network handled George Stephanopoulos’ personal donations to the Clinton Foundation.

“ABC’s refusal to pull George Stephanopoulos off of all 2016 coverage makes it crystal clear that ABC has no intentions of being an objective news outlet. Therefore, unless George Stephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 election coverage – or unless ABC pulls him from covering the 2016 campaign – conservatives should avoid going on any ABC shows,” Bozell said in a statement.

The host of ABC’s This Week and Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos contributed $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and did not disclose this prior to his interview with the author of Clinton Cash, a book detailing the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and alleging possible quid-pro-quo behavior.

According to Bozell, Stephanopoulos’ actions were “an inexcusable lack of journalistic ethics.”

“ABC has made it clear that they will not hold its anchors accountable for unethical and dishonest journalistic behavior and it should not expect conservatives to subject themselves to coercive interviews by former Clinton campaign operatives masquerading as objective journalists,” said Bozell.

Bozell refers to a recent survey that shows ABC News as dead last on the “trust” factor.

“Only 7 percent of the public trusts ABC News. This kind of behavior explains why,” added Bozell.


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