This is one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of American journalism.
Not only was Stephanopoulos once the head of the Clinton campaign, which should have disqualified him from participation in the first place. Now, we find out he's being fed debate questions from the extremely biased Sean Hannity (who doesn't just work for Fixed Noise, by the way; his radio show is syndicated by ABC), and feeding them to the candidates without even attempting to find out if there was a factual basis for the question.
Link: Think Progress.
Hannity, who for months has been aggressively pushing a story about Barack Obama’s connections to a former member of a radical anti-Vietnam 1970s organization called the Weather Underground, interviewed Stephanopoulos on his radio show on Tuesday, where he pressed the ABC host to ask Obama about this:
HANNITY: There are two questions that I don’t think anybody has asked Barack Obama, and I don’t know if this is going to be on your list tomorrow. One is – the only time he’s ever been asked about his association with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist from the Weather Underground who on 9/11 of all days in the New York Times was saying “I don’t regret setting bombs. I don’t think we did enough.” When asked about it by the Politico, David Axelrod said that they have a friendly relationship, and that they had done a number of speeches together and that they sat on a board together. Is that a question you might ask?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I’m taking notes right now.
HANNITY: September 11, 2001 of all days, there was an article in the New York Times. And there are a number of quotes about Bill Ayers. The Politico had in there the comments from David Axelrod.
The audio of the conversation is at the link, as is the video of the question... remarkably similar... who'd a thunk that, huh?