Morning Edition: May 20, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.23.34 AMIT’S ETHICS, STUPID!

A Rasmussen poll found that ABC News senior political correspondent George Stephanopoulos should be banned from covering the 2016 campaign.

Forty-six percent of likely U.S. voters think ABC should remove Mr. Stephanopoulos from any programming related to the presidential campaign since Hillary Clinton is running for president. The latest Rasmussen national telephone survey finds that 36 percent oppose banning him from presidential campaign coverage. Eighteen percent are undecided.

Not surprisingly, the poll splits along party lines. Sixty-six percent of Republicans think the former senior White House aide to President Bill Clinton should be banned from presidential campaign coverage. Among Democrats, 30 percent say Stephanopoulos should be banned.

In February, 40 percent of Americans said NBC News anchor Brian Williams should be forced to resign for his embellishments of his reporting record.

We still think both should go. See the poll at http://bit.ly/1AcPQBF

GEORGIE BOY LOVES COMPANY

We reported earlier this week about some of the media elite participating in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meetings. Another list expands number of media stars involved with the foundation. The list of “Notable Past Members” includes the following

ABC: Mr. Stephanopoulos
CBS: Katie Couric
CNN: Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper and Fareed Zakarian
Fox: Greta Van Susteren
NBC: Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer
PBS: Judy Woodruff
The New York Times: Matthew Bishop, Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof

A membership usually costs $20,000, although the media heavies apparently did not have to pay for it. We hope media organizations have sent memos about the bad ethical optics of a relationship with the Clinton Foundation.

THE ISLAMIC STATE MOVES ON

The Islamic State’s ability to take Ramadi, Iraq, and Palmyra, Syria, should have Obama military mavens scrambling to figure out a way to stop self-proclaimed caliphate.

The air strikes in Syria may have temporarily delayed IS, but that is not the case now.

President George Bush launched the war in Iraq, but he left the country in good shape after the 2007-8 surge. It was President Obama who failed to negotiate a status-of-forces agreement, such as the one in Korea, to leave soldiers behind to protect the peace. As National Interest points out, America’s crisis with the Sunni caliphate is only beginning. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1Sc1Hp7

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