By now you have probably been made aware that ABC knew all about Jeffrey Epstein years ago, and did nothing.
The network convinced a woman who said she was one of Epstein’s “sex slaves” to come out of hiding and give an interview. Then, they decided they weren’t going to air that interview.
In an interview with NPR in August, Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre) said she was confused as to why her 2015 interview with ABC was not broadcast. “I viewed the ABC interview as a potential game changer,” she said. “Appearing on ABC with its wide viewership would have been the first time for me to speak out against the government for basically looking the other way and to describe the anger and betrayal victims felt.”
Talk about betrayal. No wonder trust in “news” media is so low.
Now, Amy Robach and ABC have issued statements saying that the network did nothing wrong. You know, because keeping quiet about a ring of wealthy pedophiles is just not a big deal…
“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” she said. “I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private island were in reference to what Virginia Roberts said in that interview in 2015. I was referencing her allegations — not what ABC News had verified through our reporting.”
“The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn’t air, didn’t meet our standards. In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story.”
Just a note, a “private moment of frustration” doesn’t happen on camera, in full makeup, while a microphone is on. She just wasn’t live.
Here’s ABC’s response to a Project Veritas video of Amy Robach expressing frustration that her Jeffrey Epstein piece didn’t run. Robach: “I was caught in a private moment of frustration. … In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein” pic.twitter.com/airx3Tjy4o — Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 5, 2019
ABC echoed similar sentiments in regards to “journalistic standards”, but went on to assure the public that they would be airing several specials, and “a 6-part podcast” next year. Cool beans. I bet they want a cookie for all their hard work they kept under wraps.
What makes this whole thing funny is that it’s clearly BS. The network that aired footage of a Kentucky gun range, and called it “Turkey attacking the Kurds,” wants to use “standards” as a defense. It’s nothing short of comical.
At least the idea that missing out on an interview with the royal family was believable. Falling back on “this doesn’t meet journalistic standards,” only makes sense if you assume they’ve dropped those standards within the last few years… Which might very well be the case.