George Stephanopoulos Goes Easy on Gibbs, Shows No Interest in Naked Shower Fight Between Emanuel and Massa
ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday showed little interest in grilling
Robert Gibbs over serious allegations made by a Democratic Congressman. Talking
to the White House press secretary, the Good Morning America host could only
manage a single question: "[Representative Massa has] made very specific and
pointed charges against Rahm Emanuel, Democratic leaders in the House. What's
the White House response?"
And that was it. Stephanopoulos simply moved on to health care. He didn't ask
about allegations that a naked Emanuel once approached Massa in the shower of
the House gym and screamed at him. Further, wondering about "the White House
response" is a very weak question. How about, "Are the charges true?" or "Did
the White House pressure Massa to resign?"
Later in the piece, the GMA anchor asked if President Obama would be "willing to negotiate new language" with Congressman Bart Stupak over the issue of abortion and the health care bill. When Gibbs asserted, "This is not a bill about abortion," Stephanopoulos again offered no challenge. He simply accepted the declaration and moved on.