From the Hart: Stephanopoulos steps in it

tsj column writers - from the hartBy Ron Hart

“Journalist” George Stephanopoulos, the baby-faced chief anchor of ABC “News,” misled the public about his ties to the Clintons. His failure to disclose his recent donation of $75,000 to the Clinton Crime Foundation brings into further question the credibility of what is considered news in the mainstream media.

In reality, 95 percent of those pretending to be independent journalists “reporting the news” are nothing more than politically driven, left-wing operatives with agendas.

From NBC’s anchor, “Lyin’ Brian” Williams to Dan Rather of CBS (who made up phony documents to hurt George W. Bush), all major media organizations have issues. Uber-liberal Keith Olbermann has been terminated from KCBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and Current TV. Olbermann has been fired more times than George Zimmerman’s gun.

The credibility of these male anchors is so low that TV executives are checking to see if Barbara Walters or Larry King are still alive.

The last solo male anchor I liked was Osama bin Laden at his burial at sea.

What made Stephanopoulos’ sneaky nondisclosure so egregious is that he angrily grilled “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer on Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show, ABC’s “This Week.” “This Weak” would be a better name for the program—and for his apology.

“Clinton Cash” laid out the case that the Clintons received money from nefarious international donors in return for political favors while Hillary was secretary of state. Schweizer found a “troubling pattern” of Clinton Crime Foundation donors being rewarded with lucrative contracts in foreign countries. The Clintons live in New York, where no one sees this as a problem.

The Clinton camp (a camp you really should not send your kids to) has been actively trying to nuance the story through its surrogates. They say their foundation didn’t receive money until after they had helped the donor. So the money is not a bribe because it comes after the service—it’s really more like a tip.

And donors can write the “donations/tips” off their taxes. Write-offs are important to Democrats, given the high taxes they like. In fact, President Obama seems to have written off his entire second term.

Since leaving office, Bill and his accessory, Hillary, have amassed a net worth of $140 million. In 2014 alone, they made $25 million for 104 speeches. Just imagine how rich they would be if they were not “share the wealth” Democrats. Stephanopoulos makes $8 million a year. When these rich liberals speak of the problems besetting middle-class Americans, it’s pure speculation.

According to The Federalist, only 15 percent of the Clinton Foundation’s take was donated to pragmatic programs. $25 million went to fund travel and $110 million to salaries. An astounding $290 million, 60 percent of all money raised, was classified as “other expenses.”

The Clinton Foundation is so corrupt that Charity Navigator won’t rate it since they can’t understand it.

Money is only given with the expectation of political favors and, in the case of Stephanopoulos, access to information. He said in his apology that he thought his donations were a matter of public record; he knows they were not.

Even Stephanopoulos’ explanation, which reads, in part: “Though I made them [his donations] strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict” is a self-serving, weaselly statement. He is saying, “So sorry I am such a good guy.” Remember, the whole pretense of the scam propagated on us by liberals is that their intentions are noble and, therefore, they are noble —no matter the lies.

Stephanopoulos worked as Bill Clinton’s White House communications director. So, he is good at hiding the truth. He was so adept at lying that his Secret Service code name was “Hillary.”

Giving the Clintons the checkbook of a foundation is like giving your PIN to a Nigerian prince who emailed you. Trusting ideologue news anchors to give you the facts on such political matters is also naïve.

The media and nonprofits are the revolving-door job market for Democrat ex-politicians, while most Republicans find work as presidential candidates.

The media will circle the wagons to protect Democrat Stephanopoulos. There is a club there and it is all about “the cause.” Leaving the media’s leftist cabal is harder than leaving the Church of Scientology.

(Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at or visit

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