ABC News policy required that George Stephanopolous disclose his contributions to the Clinton Foundation to management before covering stories related to it, according to an ABC spokesman who responded to a Washington Free Beacon inquiry.
Stephanopolous issued an on-air apology on Friday’s Good Morning America after it was discovered by the Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles that he had covered news directly related to the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he contributed $75,000 to it.
The ABC News spokesperson who rebuffed the Free Beacon’s request for comment on George Stephanopoulos’s undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation also worked in the Clinton administration.
Heather Riley, spokeswoman for ABC News programs Good Morning America and This Week, worked in the White House press office from 1997 to 2000, according to her LinkedIn profile, and is a member of the Facebook group “(Bill) Clinton Administration Alumni.” White House records show that Riley’s duties included serving as a press contact for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has acknowledged donating $50,000 to Clinton Foundation between 2013 and 2014, and has apologized for not disclosing it during his coverage of the controversy surrounding the foundation’s relationships with foreign donors. Stephanopoulos “disclosed” his donations to POLITICO after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News last night to request comment on the donations.
Here are two follow-up questions (because there’s no point reaching out to ABC News):
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show. The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed it to ABC viewers, despite taking part in on-air discussions about the Clinton Foundation and its controversial relationship with foreign donors. Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President …