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Stephanopoulos, Still In The Tank?

George Stephanopoulos makes regular time on Thursdays to chat up Jack Diamond’s morning-zoo crew at ABC-owned WRQX-FM (Mix 107) in DC. This morning, it grew a tiny bit uncomfortable for George when one of Diamond’s sidekicks tiptoed into the subject of whether he’s noticed “Hillary Clinton has a Southern accent that comes and goes.” He said of course he noticed, “there’s a story about it every day.” He quickly began with “In her defense…she lived in Arkansas for 18 years.” Then he said that from his brief experience as a Northerner living in the South, “something about it takes hold of you,” and if you didn’t buy that, he was also ready with the follow-up (when Diamond suggested it’s just a bit of pandering to voters) that “I don’t know a politician who doesn’t do it.”
By the way, a Nexis search for “Hillary and accent” shows no news story on her two accent outbreaks in front of black audiences (not to mention a “story every day”) on ABC News this year.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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