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« on: May 19, 2015, 10:32:00 AM »

http://thehill.com/opinion/katie-pavlich/242442-katie-pavlich-the-protected-connected-liberal-media-elite

On Dec. 23, 2012, former NBC anchor David Gregory hosted an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press.”

As expected, the interview was hostile, with Gregory repeatedly badgering LaPierre over his not supporting a federal high-capacity magazine ban. But instead of simply talking about 30-round magazines, Gregory brought one on set to wave in front of the cameras. The problem? The “Meet the Press” studio is located in Washington, D.C., where merely possessing an empty high-capacity magazine is illegal.

“No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm,” the law states. “For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”

The punishment for possession of a high-capacity magazine is up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. NBC had apparently contacted the police to ask for special permission to use the magazine on air, and the request was denied. Gregory used it anyway and got a free pass on the consequences for doing so.

To give some perspective, D.C. businessman Mark Witaschek had a single empty shotgun shell from a bird hunt, a spent brass casing and muzzleloader reloading supplies, which are considered ammunition under the law, in his Georgetown home when it was raided by dozens of police officers. Witaschek was prosecuted by D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan in a lengthy, two-year-long process and convicted. Nathan refused to prosecute Gregory.

When Gregory was eventually replaced by Chuck Todd, it was because of ratings, not because he essentially violated federal law on set to prove his personal political point. There was no punishment from NBC.

Fast-forward two years and we’re seeing another member of the liberal elite getting a free pass for behavior that would have landed anyone else in the unemployment line.

This time, it’s former Clinton White House communications hack and current ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos was busted by the Washington Free Beacon last week for donating a total of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without disclosure to his employer or the audiences he serves. The revelation came less than one week after Stephanopoulos conducted a harsh interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, where he accused him of having a lack of evidence to support his claims that Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Clinton Foundation during her time as secretary of State. Stephanopoulos defended the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation and claimed ABC News had done a thorough investigation and found no wrongdoing — all while hiding his own donations to the organization.

ABC hasn’t announced any plans to reprimand Stephanopoulos — after all, he was just helping to protect the environment and fund AIDS research.

“I want to address some news you may have seen about me. Over the last several years I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. And I now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake,” Stephanopoulos said during an apology on “Good Morning America.” “Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that.”

Any other anchor, even on the same network, would have certainly been punished if not fired immediately for this severe breach of journalistic ethics. This problem isn’t about the donations being made in the first place, it’s the fact that he hid them from viewers while covering, and defending, the Clinton Foundation.

Last week Stephanopoulos announced as somewhat of a self-imposed punishment that he will not moderate a GOP primary debate scheduled for Feb. 6 with the Republican National Committee, but he was never confirmed to moderate the debate by the RNC in the first place.

Special treatment isn’t just reserved for Washington’s politicians, it’s for the most liberal, elite anchors as well. As for the rest of us, there are consequences for breaking the law and for conflict of interest nondisclosure.


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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 12:08:14 PM »

My only quibble with the article is that this sort of nonsense doesn't just happen to the 'liberal / left' because it isn't a left/right issue.  It is one of being connected and having too much money.  The old power corrupts line.

I will also say that his $75K donation makes the meager donations I make to organizations like GRNC look paltry and pathetic.  Guess why it is a case of "laws for me, not thee". 
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 01:15:13 PM »

My only quibble with the article is that this sort of nonsense doesn't just happen to the 'liberal / left' because it isn't a left/right issue.  It is one of being connected and having too much money.  The old power corrupts line.

When specifically applied to the mainstream media it happens more on the left wing side than the right.  Look at the political affiliations of most journalism majors and it is undeniable.

Nobody is saying it is completely one sided.  But there's a huge disparity. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2015, 01:45:00 PM »

People like "D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan" should be boiled in their own oil.

just my opinion ;')
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 01:43:47 PM »

It's also simply a reflection of free market tastes in most cases.

Nobody would loose billions to prove a point, especially those greedy tools.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2015, 04:41:03 PM »

It's also simply a reflection of free market tastes in most cases.

Nobody would loose billions to prove a point, especially those greedy tools.

The free market isn't to blame for Stephanopoulos actions or the actions of the Clintons.  Nor does the free market give David Gregory immunity to a law that you or I would have been incarcerated for.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2015, 07:19:46 PM »

It's also simply a reflection of free market tastes in most cases.

Nobody would loose billions to prove a point, especially those greedy tools.

O rly.  Which praetorian guard publication recently sold for a $1?
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2015, 09:10:58 AM »

Stephanopoulos is employed by the free market, as is Gregory. The free market is responsible for keeping them employed, and giving them that public platform, despite any government actions. Removal from their on-air hosting is what the free market controls, not whether or not charges are brought against them.

What the government or police decide to do is another matter. It may or may not change their employment status.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2015, 10:13:46 AM »

Stephanopoulos is employed by the free market, as is Gregory. The free market is responsible for keeping them employed, and giving them that public platform, despite any government actions. Removal from their on-air hosting is what the free market controls, not whether or not charges are brought against them.

What the government or police decide to do is another matter. It may or may not change their employment status.

Kinda hard to anchor a news program from prison, Yip.

So, what you're arguing is that there is a liberal audience that continues to support Gregory and Stephanopoulos, despite their misdeeds, and that's why they still have jobs?  Maybe so.  But the free market isn't responsible for any crimes they commit.  That's on them.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2015, 12:07:58 PM »

Hey, there's an audience to support all kinds of criminals - look at Limbaugh.

I didn't say it was the free market that caused any crimes. The tastes of the people are simply part of the math.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2015, 02:28:41 PM »

Hey, there's an audience to support all kinds of criminals - look at Limbaugh.

Not that I'm a big fan of Limbaugh, but the charges were dropped.  I have a good friend of mine that I've known for a long time.  He got a back injury in Iraq and has been in pain ever since.  The VA sucks, and has had a hard time dealing with the pain.  Based on his experience, I can see how someone could get hooked on pills.  That doesn't absolve Limbaugh, I'm just saying I can see how it would happen.

It's funny though when we consider people like Robert Downey Jr., and all the problems he has had, yet he is lauded as courageous because he beat his drug problems.

I didn't say it was the free market that caused any crimes. The tastes of the people are simply part of the math.

Just clarifying, that all.  Same page.
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2015, 09:28:03 AM »

Sure, the charges were dropped after he 'donated' $30,000 to cover the cost on the investigation and got a high dollar lawyer. They were certainly not dropped because he was innocent of doctor shopping and abusing drugs. He was a very rich first time offender, so even though he is said to have purchased upwards of 20,000 pills by doctor shopping he got off completely. Pretty much how our legal system works in many cases, unfortunately, speaking of connected.


 
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2015, 10:27:34 AM »

Sure, the charges were dropped after he 'donated' $30,000 to cover the cost on the investigation and got a high dollar lawyer. They were certainly not dropped because he was innocent of doctor shopping and abusing drugs. He was a very rich first time offender, so even though he is said to have purchased upwards of 20,000 pills by doctor shopping he got off completely. Pretty much how our legal system works in many cases, unfortunately, speaking of connected.

What part of "same page" eludes you? 
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2015, 02:07:56 PM »

I was just pointing out that the "charges were dropped" because he's a mega rich dude with bad rear end lawyers, not that he was in any way innocent of the charges. Getting hooked on pills and doctor shopping across state lines to the tune of 20,000+ pills and making large purchases in parking lots for cigar boxes filled with cash is not in the same league as your friend, and really, not even remotely close. The other difference is that Rush has long railed against drug abusers and even called for more harsh punishments for people like him, except when it comes to him, personally.


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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2015, 09:27:41 PM »

I was just pointing out that the "charges were dropped" because he's a mega rich dude with bad rear end lawyers, not that he was in any way innocent of the charges. Getting hooked on pills and doctor shopping across state lines to the tune of 20,000+ pills and making large purchases in parking lots for cigar boxes filled with cash is not in the same league as your friend, and really, not even remotely close. The other difference is that Rush has long railed against drug abusers and even called for more harsh punishments for people like him, except when it comes to him, personally.






   But charges were brought were the not or am I missing something here   The other tools were never even charged.
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