Afternoon Edition: May 19, 2015

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, who was listed as a
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who was listed as a “featured attendee”
several times at annual meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative,
interviews Hillary Clinton.


We reported earlier this week that a number of prominent journalists had been “featured attendees” at annual meetings at the Clinton Global Initiative—something that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did in the past.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who participated in the 2012 event, asked his Facebook followers to comment on his participation.

Mr. Kristof wrote: “To me, moderating a panel feels journalistic (as long as we retain skepticism and distance, ask tough questions and are completely transparent as I’m trying to be here)–but I’m wondering what you think. Should journalists like me moderate panels at Clinton Global Initiative or at the Bush Library or similar organizations? To you, does that feel appropriately journalistic, or too cozy with a particular political group?” We think Mr. Kristof should have been more transparent before last weekend when his post went up. For more details, see

Steve Capus, formerly president of NBC News and now executive producer of the CBS Evening News, was listed as a “featured attendee” in 2011 and 2012 when he was with NBC. Mr. Capus apparently has never attended a Clinton Foundation meeting and has not contributed to the organization. Somehow we are not surprised that the foundation got it wrong.


CBS and PBS’ Charlie Rose attended the 2012 annual meeting of the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative to moderate a discussion with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and to interview former President Clinton. “He has never received an honorarium from the Clinton Foundation nor has he ever made a charitable donation to the organization,”  a spokesperson for “CBS This Morning” said.

We hope to hear from the other journalists whom the foundation said participated in the sessions.

Katie Pavlich, the editor of, does a great takedown of the media elite. See today’s column at


Several top staff members have left the Clinton Foundation since Chelsea Clinton became vice chairman in 2011.

“A lot of people left because she was there. A lot of people left because she didn’t want them there,” an insider told The New York Post’s Richard Johnson. “She is very difficult.” For more details, see

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