(VARIETY) The chief anchor of ABC News offered a brief mea culpa to viewers on the network’s top-ranked morning program over gifts he made to the non-profit Clinton Foundation but failed to disclose even as he covered topics on air related to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
“I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict” by noting the donations on air, Stephanopoulos said Friday morning, about 18 minutes into the broadcast of “Good Morning America.”
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He was making reference to Thursday’s disclosure that he donated money totaling about $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past few years. The contributions leave Stephanopoulos open to charges of bias, given the fact that Hillary Clinton is seen as a leading Democratic candidate for U.S. President in the 2016 election and Stephanopoulos is likely to cover topics that relate to her in his duties on “GMA,” the Sunday-morning program “This Week” and elsewhere on ABC, where his duties include covering breaking news of national importance.