I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, a cause I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were all a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize.
Whereas Stephanopoulos initially appears to have thought his only — or at least primary — mistake was failing to tell viewers and his bosses about his donations, he now is copping to two mistakes: The donations themselves and having failed to issue appropriate and timely disclosures. With the additional mea culpa, Stephanopoulos leaves in the cold anyone who may have stood up for him on the grounds that he was just giving to a charity.