ABC Seeks out John Avlon of the Lefty Daily Beast to Bash 'Weak' GOP, 'Extreme' Primary Process
Published: 5/16/2011 12:31 PM ET
Good Morning America on Saturday looked to political columnist John Avlon of the liberal Daily Beast to bash the "fairly weak" Republican field and chide the primary process for creating "extreme" candidates. Co-host Bianna Golodryga never mentioned the ideology of the website or of Avlon's frequent attacks on conservatives.
Avlon briefly departed from his negative outlook to praise Mitt Romney's defense of his liberal health care legislation in Massachusetts: "Criticized by many conservatives, I thought he bravely supported his decision to enact health care reform in Massachusetts."
The journalist has previously championed the No Labels movement and authored "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America." Yet, that didn't stop from throwing around labels about the current GOP field, complaining that "the primary process is so distorting, it forces candidates to the extreme. That makes them more difficult to get elected in the fall."
Despite working for Rudy Giuliani as a speechwriter, Avlon spends much of his time bashing the right. On March 06, he appeared on Good Morning America to lament that 'Obama Derangement Syndrome on the right" has "gotten worse." On March 18, Avlon invoked Ronald Reagan in a pro-gun control column.
Considering all of this, it would have been much more honest and fair for Golodryga to identify the ideology of Avlon and the left-wing Daily Beast.
A transcript of the May 14 segment, which aired at 7:10, follows: