- The Washington Times - Friday, May 15, 2015

Geraldo Rivera on Friday questioned why he was fired from ABC News 30 years ago for making a $200 political donation to a family friend, while the network appears to be standing firm behind George Stephanopoulos, who apologized Thursday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

“In 1985, after fifteen great years, I was fired by ABC News,” Mr. Rivera wrote in a Facebook post, Mediaite reported. “The official reason for my firing was a non-disclosed $200 donation to a family friend running in a non-partisan mayoral campaign in New Bedford Massachusetts.”

He went on to say that the real reason he was fired was because he was “estranged” from his boss, former ABC News President Roone Arldege.

“The point is ABC treated my undisclosed $200 donation harshly because the network wanted me out for that unrelated reason,” Mr. Rivera wrote. “Now ABC is bending over backward to minimize and forgive George Stephanopoulos‘ $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation because he is central to the network’s recent success.”

He said that while Mr. Stephanopoulos is “pleasant” and “talented,” still, “he is in major trouble.”

“By neither informing his employer nor the public of his substantial donations to the Clinton Foundation he undermines his ability to do his job,” he argued. “Everybody has their secret favorites and personal biases. But donations cross the line for a good reason. Money raises the specter of Pay for Play.

“Up until now there’s been only George’s historic connections with the Clintons to undermine his credible objectivity as the network’s principal political reporter. The donations look like he’s trying to buy continued access to the family he served so loyally as a political operative in the 1990’s,” Mr. Rivera wrote.

He pointed out a double standard in the media, arguing that “liberal wolves would be howling” if a Fox News anchor had made a similar donation to an educational foundation run by Jeb Bush.

Mr. Stephanopoulos and ABC News have faced conservative backlash since it was revealed last week that the “Good Morning America” co-host failed to disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Stephanopoulos apologized Thursday and announced that he will not moderate ABC’s Republican debate in February.

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