I guess what’s surprising about this is that anyone would be surprised. George Stephanopoulos is one of the original Clintonistas. He’s a political hack pretending to be a journalist, while other political hacks pretending to be journalists pretend that he’s a legitimate journalist.
One of the more ridiculous moments of the GOP debate in New Hampshire was when Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney if state’s should be allowed to ban contraception. Where the hell did that come from? Anyway:
“You’re asking — given the fact that there’s no state that wants to do so, and I don’t know of any candidate that wants to do so — you’re asking could it constitutionally be done?” Romney asked, with a hint of incredulity.
Stephanopoulos, undeterred, pressed Romney again: “I’m asking you, do you believe that states have that right or not?”
Amid a chorus of “boos” from the audience, Romney again parried the impossible hypothetical.
“George, I don’t know whether a state has a right to ban contraception,” Romney responded. “No state wants to. I mean, the idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do that no state wants to do, and asking me whether they could do it or not, is kind of a silly thing, I think.”
When ABC (or any other news outlet) makes the decision to take former political operatives from one side or the other and turn them into “objective” journalists, what inevitably happens is the political hack within eventually comes out. This isn’t the first time little George’s true stripes have been revealed and certainly won’t be the last.
It’s amazing that the legacy media wonders why they continue to lose their audience in droves.