Journalist George Stephanopoulos Issues Apology
Today journalist George Stephanopoulos apologized for failing to disclose that he had contributed money to the Clinton Foundation before covering news stories involving that entity. His donation was a matter of public record at the time, but he failed to specifically mention it on the air.
Mr. Stephanopoulos serves as an anchor on the popular morning television show Good Morning America. He also hosts a weekend news magazine entitled This Week With George Stephanopoulos.
He indicated he donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2013 and again in 2014, making total contributions of$50,000. His statement explained that concern about fighting AIDS and deforestation prompted his generosity. He previously worked for Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, and later served as a presidential spokesman.
He issued a statement today, which indicated, in part:”…I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize.”
ABC News issued a statement of support for George Stephanopoulos, noting he “believed his contributions were a matter of public record.” And ABC News reportedly informed the Politico website that he had made “an honest mistake.”
He recently interviewed Peter Schwiezer, who wrote Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.