- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2015

There’s more on evolving George-gate. Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell is vexed indeed with ABC News, and a certain Sunday talk show moderator - to the point that he now suggests a boycott of sorts by conservative journalists.

“ABC’s refusal to pull George Stephanopoulos off of all 2016 coverage makes it crystal clear that ABC has no intentions of being an objective news outlet. Therefore, unless George Stephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 election coverage - or unless ABC pulls him from covering the 2016 campaign -conservatives should avoid going on any ABC shows,” Mr. Bozell declares.

“ABC has made it clear that they will not hold its anchors accountable for unethical and dishonest journalistic behavior and it should not expect conservatives to subject themselves to coercive interviews by former Clinton campaign operatives masquerading as objective journalists,” he says.

“In a recent survey, ABC News was dead last in the ‘trust’ factor. Only 7 percent of the public trusts ABC News. This kind of behavior explains why,” Mr. Bozell concludes.

The Media Research Center is a conservative watchdog. Meanwhile, others have their own observations about Mr. Stephanopoulos.

“There is a coziness that George cannot escape. While he did try to separate himself from his political background to become a journalist, he really isn’t a journalist,” noted former ABC News correspondent Carole Simpson, reminiscing about her old colleague to CNN’s Reliable Sources.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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