|ABC's George Stephanopoulos|
It was revealed this past week that Stephanopoulos had given a total of $225,000 ($75,000 for each of three years) to the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulos also participated in Clinton Foundation events. This revelation came just weeks after Stephanopoulos had "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer on This Week and Stephanopoulos had been dismissive of Schweizer because he could not produce a smoking gun that the donations had directly influenced Hillary Clinton in her role as Secretary of State. (An impossible level of proof.) At no time during the interview, did Stephanopoulos reveal that he had contributed money to the Clinton Foundation or had been involved in its activities.
Stephanopoulos showed extremely poor judgment in contributing to the Clinton Foundation. Journalists need to stay away from what could create conflicts. But Stephanopoulos more egregious breach of journalistic ethics was his discussing the Clinton Foundation on his program while never mentioning to viewers his own donations to that foundation and his participation in its activities.
I hate the trend of people demanding that public figures to be fired every time they make a mistake. No one is perfect, and that includes people in the public eye. We need to be more understanding of other people's flaws and give them a second chance. On the other hand, Stephanopoulos' apology on Sunday is certainly not enough for the very serious transgression he committed. ABC should suspend Stephanopoulos for a few months for his breach of journalistic ethics and then let him come back. At that point, if Stephanopoulos screws up again, ABC should consider termination.