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ABC Responds to RNC Accusation That Health Care Special Will “Become A Glorified Infomercial”

ABC_6.16.jpgABC News is responding to the Republican National Committee’s claim that the network is excluding “opposing voices” during next week‘s White House conversation on Pres. Obama’s national health care plan.

In a letter to ABC News president David Westin, RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay writes, “I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime.”

This morning ABC SVP Kerry Smith responded, characterizing the RNC letter as containing “a number of false premises.”

“ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president,” she writes. “ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.”

The RNC letter to ABC News and ABC’s response, after the jump…
ABC_6.16.jpgABC News is responding to the Republican National Committee’s claim that the network is excluding “opposing voices” during next week‘s White House conversation on Pres. Obama’s national health care plan.

In a letter to ABC News president David Westin, RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay writes, “I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime.”

This morning ABC SVP Kerry Smith responded, characterizing the RNC letter as containing “a number of false premises.”

“ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president,” she writes. “ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.”

The RNC letter to ABC News and ABC’s response, after the jump…

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ABC Officially Responds to Stephanopoulos-Emanuel Phone Call Questions

rahm_2-5.jpgSince last week’s Politico story about the regular phone calls between former Clinton White House’ers Rahm Emanuel, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and James Carville, several conservative outlets have raised the question of a conflict of interest.

Media Research President Brent Bozell has been one of the most vocal critics (Rush Limbaugh‘s callers also jammed the ABC News phone lines). Bozell, who makes a claim not part of the Politico story that these are “strategy phone calls,” requested ABC respond to the story on Newsbusters and in an open letter. “With each passing day, ABC’s failure to speak to and about this issue tarnishes further the network’s reputation as a legitimate news entity,” he writes.

Today, ABC responded to Bozell and other critics, although they say there have been several prior on-the-record responses ignored by Media Research Center. “To be crystal clear, George Stephanopoulos does not advise Rahm Emanuel nor anyone else in the Obama Administration,” says the letter from SVP of editorial quality, Kerry Smith. “He reports on the Obama Administration. He speaks to Mr. Emanuel, a friend he has known for nearly two decades, as a source, just as he speaks to countless sources across the political spectrum each and every day.”

Politico also later wrote “I don’t think they have the story quite right,” regarding Bozell’s claims.

Click continued to see the full response letter from ABC…

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