ABC News has suspended a correspondent who was recorded by the conservative group Project Veritas appearing to complain about the network’s political coverage, The Washington Post reports.
“Any action that damages our reputation for fairness and impartiality or gives the appearance of compromising it harms ABC News and the individuals involved,” ABC News said in a statement. “David Wright has been suspended, and to avoid any possible appearance of bias, he will be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns.”
In the video, which has been heavily edited, Wright can be heard saying that the network is not “terribly interested in voters” in terms of its coverage of the 2020 presidential election. He went on to mention South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who are all running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“I don’t think we’re terribly interested in voters,” he says in the video. “We need the story to move on, and so we’re happy to have Buttigieg be the story last week, and we’re happy to have Klobuchar as a new subject this week, and then when we’re tired of her, we’ll be delighted if Elizabeth Warren kicks ass in Nevada because then we have something new to talk about.”
He later adds that the network’s "bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job we’re supposed to do, which is to speak truth to power and hold people accountable.”
Project Veritas previously revealed ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach criticizing the network for not running with her reporting on Jeffrey Epstein three years ago.
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