In defending himself today over the news that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over three years, ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke of his support for the charity’s work on global AIDS prevention and deforestation. He made the contributions for the “best reasons,” he said.
Such motives would distinguish him from all the other Clinton Foundation donors. You know, the ones seeking favors from the Clintons. Stephanopoulos referenced those donors in an April 28 interview on the “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. The two were discussing politics and money, with Stewart introducing spring’s hot topic — a book by author Peter Schweizer, “Clinton Cash,” alleging that donors to the deep-pocketed Clinton Foundation had interests in certain matters that came before the State Department under Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leadership.
Stephanopoulos jumped in, “I read the book that this is based on, ‘Clinton Cash,’ and I actually interviewed the author on Sunday,” said the ABC News anchor. “This is a tough one because when you actually look closely at it — [Schweizer] even says, there’s no evidence of any direct action taken on behalf of the donors. But everybody also knows when those donors give that money to President Clinton or someone, they get a picture with him: There’s a hope that that’s going to lead to something and that’s what you have to be careful of.”
Of course, Stephanopoulos was the only one who had no such hopes.