Afternoon Edition: May 15, 2015

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George Stephanopolous has apologized for breaking ethical rules.

GEORGIE BOY II

We don’t think saying you’re sorry is enough. But most media types are willing to give ABC media maven George Stephanopoulos a pass for apologizing for his ethical error, bypassing ABC News’ standards and letting his liberal skirts show. At least Fox News’ Howard Kurtz got it right: “For George to give money to the Clinton Foundation, out of all possible charities, knowing full well that Hillary was gearing up to run, is a grave error in judgment. For him not to disclose this to his network or viewers—especially when he was aggressively interviewing ‘Clinton Cash’ author Peter Schweizer about that very foundation—is unthinkable. And for ABC to brush this off as an ‘honest mistake’ is embarrassing.” Moreover, ABC hired Mr. Stephanopoulos to be an analyst, with promises he would not become a journalist. He isn’t a journalist, but he plays an important one on TV. Shame on ABC News. For Mr. Kurtz’s analysis, see http://fxn.ws/1A38An1

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SPIES

New York Times journalist James Risen argued in a speech at Northwestern University that the Obama administration is the greatest enemy of press freedom since President Nixon. Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was charged with providing Mr. Risen with details about a botched operation to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. Mr. Sterling was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after he was convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. That’s right, 1917. The Obama administration has used the 1917 law eight times–more than all other presidencies combined. For more details on Risen’s speech, see http://bit.ly/1ELJzbs

THE KING IS GONE

Elvis Presley wasn’t our king; B.B. King was. We will spend the weekend thinking about what joy it was to have Mr. King around for so long and what pain he described in his magical songs and what magic he provided with his guitar. We will also be thankful the national journalistic riffraff will be leaving Philly.

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