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George Stephanopolous Cried on Inauguration Day

Hey, George, you may want to tell your wife to keep her mouth shut. You're a member of the media, remember? You're not supposed to be showing your biases. But I guess it's too late for that anyway. That bell has already been rung.

Ali Wentworth (wife of ABC News' George Stephanopoulos) on "Oprah":
We watched everything and George was still doing all the anchoring for ABC and as soon Beyonce said "At Last..." George called me at home and he went, "Honey?" and I said "I know!" and we both started crying.

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Comments (21)

Well I cried too but I thin... (Below threshold)
Cavius:

Well I cried too but I think my emotion was different.

After this election the lef... (Below threshold)
tyree:

After this election the leftist bias in the MSM has changed the way we will think about the news for the rest of our lives.

Do you think George is fina... (Below threshold)
Elroy Jetson:

Do you think George is finally free at last from his liberal guilt?
Nah!

"Unbiased" is literary trop... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Unbiased" is literary trope taught in J school to legitimize the staying within of certain approved bounds of discourse relating to the powers that be. To not get too frisky with "serious" people whose value might be over the head of a fresh J School graduate. In case of doubt, defer. Don't "bias" the reader AGAINST.
Meanwhile Palookaville thinks it means "fair". The journos play along. There are worse things than appearing "fair", after all.
Both meanings lead to the somnambulant offerings of mainstream American journalism. No other country puts up with such a goofy overlay. Well, maybe the Anglophone part of Canada.

"Unbiased" is literary t... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

"Unbiased" is literary trope taught in J school...

...to excuse the fact that they charge up to $100,000 per student to do something that 50 years ago a plod on the beat could do with a few twenties, a bottle of vodka, and a nose for digging for the story.

"...with a few twenties, a ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...with a few twenties, a bottle of vodka, and a nose for digging for the story.
5. Posted by James Cloninger

A guy throwing around twenties armed with vodka in the US 50 years ago might have been run in for soliciting. I'd change it to a manly brown drink like bourbon or rye.
Think B.B./A.B. (BEFORE BOND/AFTER BOND)

Point well taken, though.


You'd have a point if it we... (Below threshold)
JFO:

You'd have a point if it were done while he was broadcasting. But then I suppose you'd have criticized Walter Cronkite when he cried while announcing JFK's death.

JFO, what a callous, small ... (Below threshold)
tyree:

JFO, what a callous, small minded retort.


We have a point even though he was not broadcasting. The news is biased against conservatives and that is a very bad thing for a democracy. Every thinking liberal should be demanding better coverage both sides of the aisle. Since the liberals just respond as you do, we have to assume they do not believe in the value of a two party system.

The hate that drives the left wing is a very dangerous thing and just like the muslims, they need to reign it in before they do tremendous damage to this country.

tyreeWhat a callou... (Below threshold)
JFO:

tyree

What a callous, small minded retort ("the hate that drives the left wing"). It's also stupid and ignorant, over stated, generalized and infantile.

But to get back to the post. So you are of the opinion that people in the media should have no private opinions (remember this was something he said to his wife, not on the air)? By your standard they shouldn't be allowed to vote.

What a callous, small mi... (Below threshold)
Clay:

What a callous, small minded retort ("the hate that drives the left wing").

OMG...Are we in high school?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOGWbzUM-y8

Calling JFO small minded is... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Calling JFO small minded is like saying the sky is blue, we all know it already.

It is no surprise to me that Georgie wept like a schoolgirl when one of his own got in office. ww

Cried on inauguration day? ... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Cried on inauguration day? Well little Georgie wasn't alone. A hell of a lot of actual Americans undoubtedly cried as well. For very different reasons, of course.

About 80% cried tears of jo... (Below threshold)
JFO:

About 80% cried tears of joy while you wingnuts gnashed your teeth, retreated to your bunkers, checked up on your canned goods, fixed the tripwires, listened for the black helicopters, eagerly read (Wee)WildWillie's rantings and cleaned your rifles.

Wow! JFO now knows what 280... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Wow! JFO now knows what 280 million people did. He is that great.

JFO, did you and your significant other cry also? Probably. drooled also. ww

bryand - ""Unbiased" is... (Below threshold)
Marc:

bryand - ""Unbiased" is literary trope taught in J school to legitimize the staying within of certain approved bounds of discourse relating to the powers that be"

Do ya think? (rhetorical question, we know he hardly ever does.)

If it is a "literary trope" perhaps you can explain why the Journalist's Code of Ethics fails to mention anything of the like?

# I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.

#
I shall not violate confidential information on material given me in the exercise of my calling.

# I shall resort only to fair and honest methods in my effort to obtain news, photographs and/or documents, and shall properly identify myself as a representative of the press when obtaining any personal interview intended for publication.

# I shall refrain from writing reports which will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interests justifies it. At the same time, I shall write vigorously for public access to information, as provided for in the constitution.

# I shall not let personal motives or interests influence me in the performance of my duties; nor shall I accept or offer any present, gift or other consideration of a nature which may cast doubt on my professional integrity.

# I shall not commit any act of plagiarism.

# I shall not in any manner ridicule, cast aspersions on or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.

# I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors, and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.

# I shall not take unfair advantage of a fellow journalist.

# I shall accept only such tasks as are compatible with the integrity and dignity of my profession, invoking the "conscience clause" when duties imposed on me conflict with the voice of my conscience.

# I shall comport myself in public or while performing my duties as journalist in such manner as to maintain the dignity of my profession. When in doubt, decency should be my watchword

De we really have to show the many cases where the blodfaced sections have been violated?

"Lawyer" marcThere... (Below threshold)
JFO:

"Lawyer" marc

There you go once again proving withoput doubt what a dumbshit you are. You cited the Code of Ethics from the Phillipines you dimwit.

You really ought to try and limit yourself to gas fumes, tires and big engines you fool. Every time you try to act in the least like a lawyer, citing some source, you fall on your dumb ass. At least find the Code applicable to US journalists, say like this one:

http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

I'm going to have to quit capitalizing "lawyer" marc from now on.


Do you think that EMPORER P... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Do you think that EMPORER PALPATINE OBAMA might used the dark side of the force to effect GEORGE STUPIDNOPOLOUS in such a way like he wont be betting any plnaet to destroy using the DEATH STAR

He might just have realized... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

He might just have realized what he was partially responsible for. And also realized that we know it.

George is married?!?!? I t... (Below threshold)

George is married?!?!? I thought that he was one of those closeted gay men who always have a man-crush on Bill Clinton.

Would somebody please give ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Would somebody please give Spurwing Plover an internship at the National Review? He's like Rich Lowry, minus the douchey Edwards-esque pretension.

I really don't mind bias in... (Below threshold)
Michael Bell:

I really don't mind bias in the media as long as they admit to it. In this way the public will know where they stands. Everyone in the media; personnel, and organization included have a bias. By trying to hide this fact, the media is in the very least being dishonest.




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