The chorus of protest is rising on behalf of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and her right to be heard in the ABC debate scheduled for Saturday, especially after the female candidate’s recently beating a few of her male rivals in the Iowa Caucus, and now joining the choir is New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
“ABC News’ decision to exclude her from Saturday’s debate on the eve of our primary, while she is outperforming one of the other debate participants in New Hampshire polls, undermines our role in the primary process, and I urge ABC to allow Ms. Fiorina to participate” Senator Ayotte is quoted as saying in a report over at NBC.
Political leanings of ABC, anchor
As the pressure intensifies, who can forget the media thunderstorm over ABC’s scandal with one of their own anchors? The former Clinton Foundation donor and so-called political “hatchet man” George Stephanopoulos, donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which led to the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, telling folks repeatedly that he “… does not want the anchorman anywhere near a debate stage in 2016,” according to writers Jeremy W. Peters and John Koblinmay at the NYTimes.
Now some may question the ABC/Stephanopoulos political leanings in this new fight by Fiorina to be heard by New Hampshire voters. The former H-P executive believes “the game is rigged” against her, as she stated in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Friday when asked if she was “frustrated” by her exclusion, per the story posted over at the WashingtonExaminer.
ABC News/Stephanopoulos ‘lapse’
Her fight to simply be heard after beating two former governors in actual voting in Iowa does call into question the network favoring media polls over actual votes. Peters and Koblinmay wrote much last May over the ABC/Stephanopoulos revelations and the so-called “lapse” in judgment which came to light only after the donation issue was raised by the Washington Free Beacon to ABC News and subsequent criticism arose.
Perhaps the fact that Fiorina is a conservative female running for the highest office in the land rather than another female in the race bothers some media professionals. Hillary Clinton has received much more attention over the years from networks like ABC, of course. But that is a problem which voters may begin to question as well. As Erik Wemple of the WashingtonPost points out in another story regarding media manipulations and ABC news in particular, “[a] network news anchor had contributed to a charity run by the first family of the Democratic party and hadn’t told viewers when that charity emerged in news coverage.”