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Kirsten Powers: Stephanopoulos Erred, But ABC Shouldn't Fire Him

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:24 PM

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos should not get the ax for having donated $75,000 to Clinton Foundation even as he reported on the Clinton family and their charity, Kirsten Powers, author of the new book, "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech," tells Newsmax TV.

"I really think people make mistakes sometimes," Powers, a Fox News contributor and USA Today columnist, said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"And I don't know that we always have to be trying to call for the head on the pike every time there's a mistake.... He is a pretty fair journalist and I would like to get more information about it."

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Stephanopoulos acknowledged Thursday he had made donations to the Clinton Foundation in recent years without disclosing those contributions to his employer. He reported on the Clintons for ABC, including an interview with former President Bill Clinton about the Clinton Global Initiative on "Good Morning America" last September.

"I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply," Stephanopoulos said in the statement.

"I thought that my contributions were 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."

Prior to going to ABC, Stephanopoulos headed communications for Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign and later served as his White House communications director.

Powers said Stephanopoulos should have known better.

"He definitely should not have done the stories in the first place, he should have revealed it. I do think the Clinton Foundation is not a political organization. They're doing a lot of good work and I don't know that it's necessarily a political view to be giving money to them," she said.

"I don't think it's a secret that he a relationship with the Clintons either."

Powers added that she thought the reaction to the Brian Williams scandal has also been "overblown."

The "NBC Nightly News" anchor was taken off the air in early February in what was termed a six-month suspension over exaggerations he had made about his reporting. The network has not yet said whether he will be reinstated this summer.

"People can be punished, but they don't have to lose their jobs," Powers said.

She said that in the case of Stephanopoulos, "I guess it depends on what his intentions were."

In Powers' book, the lifelong liberal slams the left, which she believes is no longer champion of tolerance and free speech, and now attacks anyone with alternative points of view.

"It's one thing to just be intolerant and have your own views and say, 'I'm not interested in what other people think and I'm not going to talk to them.' That's a problem and that's bad," Powers told Steve Malzberg.

"It's an extra step to say that people cannot say or express things that you disagree with and that's what this book is about. It's about not only do they not want to hear it, they don't want anyone else to hear it."

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ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos should not get the ax for having donated $75,000 to Clinton Foundation even as he reported on the Clinton family and their charity, Kirsten Powers, author of the new book, "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech," tells Newsmax TV.
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