Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stephanopoulos' $75,000 Gift To Clintons Underlines Media Corruption

Stephanopoulos' $75,000 Gift To Clintons Underlines Media Corruption

An Editorial from Investor’s Business Daily

Journalism: In another sign the left's grip on the news is bigger than anyone knew, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos hid a $75,000 gift to the Clinton Foundation even as he reported news about corruption allegations.
While skeptically interrogating author Peter Schweizer about "Clinton Cash," his book exposing the Clinton Foundation last April 26, the anchor for ABC News conveniently left out the highly relevant fact that he himself had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Listeners had no clue about just who was doing the news. Instead of an impartial newsman with a mission to lay out all the facts and let the audience decide, this was a political operative doing the bidding for the very foundation under the spotlight.
Naturally, he pooh-poohed Schweizer's allegations the foundation was an influence-purchasing machine more than a charity, telling the author he had no proof.
It appeared that he hadn't read the book, as Schweizer addressed how investigations of such white collar crimes are done in law enforcement circles through patterns of activity, which was the approach he took for his book. In reality, he was talking to a spin doctor up to his eyeballs in involvement with the other side.
After he was caught, Stephanopoulos first protested that it was for all the good works the foundation was doing on deforestation and other stuff. But that fell flat, because Schweizer had already reported that only 9% of the foundation's funds went to charity, far less than comparable organizations.
After that, he protested that the information was public anyway, as his donations could be looked up by anyone interested in reading the fine print of tax filings. And with the heat on, he then recused himself from any involvement in the upcoming Republican debates.
All of this serves to illustrate the research that Schweizer did, pointing out that the organization was a pay-to-play instrument for buying influence, as well as a nontransparent organization — so much so that charity watchdogs didn't even want to get involved with ranking the Clinton Foundation because of its secretive structure.
The takeaway here is that, in addition to being a vehicle for foreign governments to buy influence, it appears that the Clinton Foundation also is a vehicle for journalists to purchase influence or perhaps even access at the highest levels of government.
Small wonder the public holds the mainstream media is such low regard. Sure, the media's bias is ideological, but it may go deeper than that, to a relationship of political puppet-string pullers and their pawns doing others' bidding while pretending to be actual newsmen.

Poster’s comments: 
1)      How many of the media will soon be saying “would you like fries with that order?”
2)      What is reported appears to be old fashioned propaganda to this poster.
3)      The ideas of “conflicts of interest”, integrity, and morale conduct are not too hard to understand.
4)      Some may “cry their way to the bank” as they “go away”. Rest assured, they will go away.

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