|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 26, 2006
|CONTACT: TIM SCHEIDERER OR
COLLEEN O’BOYLE AT 703.683.5004
ABC’s BOGUS STORY ON
HASTERT AND ABRAMOFF IS ANOTHER CBS PHONY BUSH NATIONAL GUARD STORY
ABC Must Retract Story and
Issue an Apology
Alexandria, VA—On Wednesday, May 24,
anchor Elizabeth Vargas and reporter Brian Ross of ABC’s World News
Tonight dramatically reported startling news that House Speaker
Dennis Hastert is under investigation in relation to the Jack Abramoff bribery scandal. Fellow ABC correspondent George
Stephanopoulos called the story “potentially seismic” in its
The problem is that 1) the Department of Justice issued two denials,
refuting ABC’s claims; 2) it is now known that ABC did not call
Speaker Hastert until one hour before its broadcast; and 3) ABC did
not even check with the Justice Department for an official response
before the broadcast.
“Here we go again. The ABC story on GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert is
very similar to CBS’s and Dan Rather’s false story about George
Bush’s National Guard service,” said MRC President Brent Bozell.
“ABC has used unnamed ‘sources’ and it cannot prove its defamatory
story, which, no surprise, follows right on the heels of the bribery
scandal involving Democratic Representative William Jefferson. ABC
is playing fast and loose with no facts – it is smoke and mirrors.
“In the interest of fairness and responsibility to the American
public and the parties concerned, ABC must formally retract its
unfounded story about Speaker Hastert and apologize for its sloppy
and politically slanted reporting,” said Mr. Bozell.
schedule an interview with MRC President Bozell or an MRC
spokesperson, please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen
O’Boyle (x. 122) at 703.683.9733.
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