Remember when George Stephanopoulos got scrutinized for failing to disclose his donations to the Clinton Global Initiative? Well, amid that controversy, it was discovered that other media figures like Anderson Cooper, Greta Van Susteren, and Thomas Friedman were members of the CGI too.
At the time, the CGI told Mediaite they weren’t actually members, just guests, and Fox’s Van Susteren refuted some of the talk when questions were raised about her, but there’s a Weekly Standard article going around today with the headline “CNN Debate Moderator Was Member of Clinton Global Initiative.”
Yes, the aforementioned Cooper is moderating tonight’s debate and not only did The Weekly Standard highlight this potential conflict, but Matt Drudge got in on it too:
Well, Cooper’s colleague Jake Tapper allowed him to respond earlier today, and Cooper said the charges are “total bunk.”
He explained that all he did was moderate a CGI panel discussion back in 2007; he didn’t get paid, he didn’t go back to CGI, he didn’t go to any social events with the Clintont, he just moderated one panel and that was it.
Watch above, via CNN.
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