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Jeb Bush Backer: Stephanopoulos Flap Shows Media Bias

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 07:14 PM

ABC News is illustrating liberal media bias by giving a pass to the network's most prominent journalist, George Stephanopoulos, despite his being caught in a serious conflict of interest in covering Hillary Clinton, says a prominent Republican backer of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

"ABC right now is simply taking the position that they're OK with the apology and they're going to move on with this," lawyer Ed Pozzuoli, former co-chairman of Jeb Bush for Governor, told "Newsmax Now" hosts Miranda Khan and John Bachman on Newsmax TV on Friday.

"It's absolutely wrong, and it does go to show that the media is somewhat in favor of the Clintons," said Pozzuoli.

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Stephanopoulos gave $75,000 to the foundation of his former boss, President Bill Clinton, whom he served as a campaign aide and White House adviser.

He failed to disclose the gifts even as he reported on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential prospects and grilled the author of a critical new book, "Clinton Cash."

Stephanopoulos has apologized and agreed to step aside as a moderator of Republican presidential primary debates.

ABC is allowing him to continue on as host of news programs "Good Morning America" and "This Week." But calls are mounting for the former Democratic insider to excuse himself entirely from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Another "Newsmax Now" panelist, former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, called it "very disturbing" and a "troubling trend" that journalists don't disclose their political biases and activities, leaving it "up to the viewers to really try to figure out what side is everybody on."

Pozzuoli only half-jokingly suggested a disclaimer run under Stephanopoulos anytime he is on air discussing the Clintons.

"If he would've simply disclosed it, and then let the viewers decide, he'd have been better off," said Pozzuoli.

Panelists also discussed the prosecutor of New York's so-called "cannibal cop," asking this week for reinstatement of the onetime police officer's conviction.

An appeals court last year tossed Gilberto Valle's conviction on charges that he plotted to cook and eat women. Pozzuoli, president of the Trip Scott law firm, explained that the appellate court's reasoning hinged on the line between a plotted crime and an actual crime.

"To really try to convict somebody over what they're thinking, that's a really tough line for a jury, and the appellate court clearly was having trouble with that, because there was no true action and no true or definitive agreement of conspiracy to commit a crime," he said.

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ABC News is illustrating liberal media bias by giving a pass to the network's most prominent journalist, George Stephanopoulos, despite his being caught in a serious conflict of interest in covering Hillary Clinton, says a prominent Republican backer of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
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