February 09, 2009
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
More Evasions From ABC News on the
false allegations from ABC, No denial of his seventeen years of
– Kerry Smith, ABC’s “Senior Vice President for Editorial Quality,”
has in an open letter responded to MRC President Brent Bozell’s call
to publicly address and resolve the apparent breach of ethics of its
Chief White House Correspondent George Stephanopoulos. But while
Ms. Smith succeeds in delivering distortions and hurling false
allegations at Bozell and the MRC, she fails to at all address the
journalistic problems reported in the original Politico
On January 27th,
the Politico reported that Mr. Stephanopoulos participates in
daily strategy phone calls with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm
Emanuel as well as with key Democratic strategists James Carville
and Paul Begala. And has been doing so for seventeen years.
Nowhere in her letter does Ms. Smith deny any of these facts.
Ms. Smith does
charge Mr. Bozell with a “willful and knowing distortion” of the
facts without offering any evidence to back it up. She also falsely
claims that ABC repeatedly reached out to Mr. Bozell to set the
record straight. But in fact, when offered the opportunity to speak
with Bozell Jeffrey Schneider, ABC’s Senior Vice President of
Corporate Communications, said “the last thing I want to do is get
up in Brent Bozell’s hornet’s nest about this.”
Read Brent Bozell
response to ABC's Smith here.
Links to previous
Press Releases regarding ABC and Stephanopoulos.
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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