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Former Clinton Adviser Stephanopoulos Asks Presidential Candidates if Infidelity Should Be an Issue


By Noel Sheppard
Original link with video:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/12/10/former-clinton-adviser-stephanopoulos-asks-presidential-candidates-if
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Americans that spent their Saturday evening watching the Republican presidential debate witnessed the height of media hypocrisy.






Former Clinton adviser turned ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos actually asked attendees - with a straight face no less - if marital infidelity should be an issue in the campaign (video follows with highlights and commentary):






GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Should voters consider marital fidelity when making their choice for president? And Governor Perry, in South Carolina this week, you said this is an important issue. Why?






Imagine a man who served former President Bill Clinton asking that question of Republican candidates in 2011. Didn't anyone at ABC News see the obvious hypocrisy in this?






Apparently not, for after Perry answered, Stephanopoulos continued with the absurdity that likely every viewer except folks associated with ABC News noticed like an 800 pound gorilla in the room:






STEPHANOPOULOS: The question is about its relevance to the presidential race. Let me just follow up quickly. Do you think a candidate who breaks his marital vows is more likely to break faith with voters?






For those that are wondering if I'm making this up, please check the video: Stephanopoulos really asked Perry this.






Do you think he was as concerned about "a candidate who breaks his marital vows [being] more likely to break faith with voters" when the man he was working for in 1992 was accused of having a 12-year affair with a woman named Gennifer Flowers?






The theater of the absurd was far from over:






STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Santorum, you were on This Week last Sunday and you summed up your position as character counts. You said this is relevant as well.






If you're noticing that so far everyone other than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was getting a chance to answer the question, that's because ABC News clearly orchestrated this so that the current frontrunner would be placed on the hot seat and wouldn't get a chance to respond until all of his opponents - including moderator Stephanopoulos - had taken their shots as the camera continually panned back to an obviously uncomfortable Gingrich:






STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman Paul, what's your view on this? [...]






STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Romney, you chose to make your family and your faith a feature of your first ad here in Iowa this week. Why? [...]






STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to get Congresswoman Bachmann and then Speaker Gingrich, you wrap this up. [...]






STEPHANOPOULOS: Speaker Gingrich, what do voters need to know about this issue from your perspective?






After watching all of his opponents and the moderator speak on this matter, Gingrich was finally allowed to address it.






Readers are reminded that weeks ago, Herman Cain talked about the high-tech lynching done to him by Politico and the media.






On Saturday evening, another frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was so treated, this time by the former adviser to a president that everyone in America believes was a serial adulterer.






Shame on ABC News for this obviously partisan display by a man that certainly shouldn't be pointing fingers concerning the impact of marital infidelity on a political campaign.


Added: Dec-11-2011 Occurred On: Dec-11-2011
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  • Why Republicans hold a debate moderated entirely by left-leaning Democrats is beyond me. Should Democrats be allowed to participate in moderating? Absolutely. Should it be Diane Sawyer and George "It's O.K. for my boss, but not for you" Stephanopoulos only? No.

    Honestly, if I'd been one of the people on the stage, I'd have thrown the question straight back at Stephanopoulos: "Well, George, as the spokesperson for Bill Clinton, I'm sure you have some strong opinions on this i More..

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    • @buzzardist
      Nobody cared about Clinton ruining a skirt because he managed the economy so well.

      Its the economy stupid

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    • @Catalytic

      If by "managed well," you mean that his economic team fueled a bubble economy that collapsed just as Clinton was leaving office, that he undermined American jobs in favor of cheap imports to the benefit of large corporations, and that he helped orchestrate the rise of the Chinese economy to undermine our own with a pegged currency, then, yes, Clinton was brilliant for the American economy. We're still suffering the hangover of his actions to this day.

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    • @buzzardist
      By managed well, i mean he balanced the budget and erased the deficit

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    • @Catalytic "balanced the budget and erased the deficit" No, Congress did. Remember, Gingrich and the GOP did it in four years when the Dems said it couldn't be done in seven. Clinton's budget was 200 billion deficits far as the eye could see until the GOP tackled it. Check for yourself. And remember, it was Bill Clinton and his wife who tried to engineer a federal takeover of the health care system -- a plan that would have sent the government's finances into the stratosphere. Sound fa More..

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    • @Catalytic

      Hardly. Clinton fought tooth and nail to avoid making serious budget cuts. Don't you remember the government shutdowns in the 1990s? That was because Clinton wanted to spend more, but the Republicans led by Gingrich refused.

      The balanced budget happened for two main reasons. First, the U.S. was able to cut back on military spending after the end of the Cold War. Clinton benefited from this, but it wasn't his management that earned any credit for it. Reagan put the nails in th More..

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  • i'd be more concerned with a man who has raped the integrity of the united states...besides..its ok for a man to cheat on a white woman...right obama?

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  • OH who the f**k cares !??! Big deal, so he asked a question and he was clintons advisor. Hypocrisy ? He wasnt making a judgement call just asking a question and yes he was clintons advisor so obviously he has experience in this shit and its a legitimate question. Get over it

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