Revelations that ABC's George Stephanopoulos conducts a teleconference
each morning with Democratic strategists have erupted in charges that the journalist is colluding with the Obama administration to manipulate public opinion.
The charges follow a Politico report last week that Stephanopoulos has been speaking with Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, CNN commentator Paul Begala and Bill Clinton strategist and pundit James Carville every morning for the past 17 years, ever since Stephanopoulos served in President Clinton's campaign and staff.
One paragraph of the report in particular caught the attention of Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group that seeks to expose liberal bias in reporting.
Many networks do it, but I always got annoyed more by ABC than any of the rest. The "insider" term is synergy. It means to use all of a corporations arms to promote each other. Did you ever notice an awful lot of ABC sit-com characters went to Disneyland starting in the early to mid 90s. This wasn't to further develop the character of Urkel or Cousin Balki, it was to advertise for the theme parks owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC. Why does Good Morning America regularly make 'Dancing with the Stars' results one of their major stories? Why does the same show often have 'behind the scenes' looks at the latest Pixar or Disney cartoon coming to theatres? It is because their parent company tells them to. I happened to be watching the late World News Now show from ABC on the very night that Disney became their parent company (years ago). The news anchors jokingly wore mousketeer hats for the remainder of the morning. It was actually kind of funny but un-intentionally prophetic. What they did as a joke back then has slowly become a reality.
Mr. Schneider: there is quite a difference between a journalist masquerading under the guise of straight objectivity who though speaking to conservatives every day, also happens to speak with the SAME highly influential socialists on a daily basis. Mr. Bozell: journalistic ethics may be non-existent today. Hopefully, Christian parents are training their children in the area of critical thinking. This is a major U.S. media outlet - no big surprise here.