February 04, 2009
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
Bozell to ABC President: You Must
Publicly Address Stephanopoulos' Apparent Conflict of Interest
Demands Public Resolution to Daily Strategy Calls
Alexandria, VA – Media
Research Center (MRC) President L. Brent Bozell, III has written a
letter to ABC News President David Westin calling on him to publicly
address and resolve what appears to be a clear violation of
journalistic ethics by ABC’s Chief Washington Correspondent George
Stephanopoulos. Last week a Politico story broke the news
that Stephanopoulos has participated in daily phone strategy
sessions with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel throughout
his tenure at ABC.
Mr. Bozell on Thursday issued a
statement demanding an explanation, and calling for Stephanopoulos
to recuse himself from reporting on an Obama Administration whose
plans and messaging he spends every morning helping to craft.
Stephanopoulos has remained silent.
Bozell has now brought the matter
directly to Westin, calling on him to either provide evidence that
the Politico story is false, or admit and resolve what clearly would
be a major violation of journalistic ethics.
To schedule an interview with MRC President
Brent Bozell or another MRC spokesperson,
please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O’Boyle (x.
122) at (703) 683-5004.
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