MSNBC’s Chris Matthews remains on the air as ABC capitulates to another James O’Keefe stunt by suspending a reporter for expressing their personal political views in private.
ABC News suspended correspondent David Wright after he was secretly recorded by Project Veritas calling himself a socialist and criticizing both President Trump and his own network. He'll also be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns https://t.co/NDTBSyCmoY— New York Magazine (@NYMag) February 26, 2020
ABC News suspended veteran correspondent David Wright on Wednesday, after he was secretly recorded by the right-wing group Project Veritas calling himself a socialist and criticizing both President Trump and his own network.
Filmed last month in New Hampshire, the video consists of choppy, hidden-camera footage in which Wright calls Trump a “dick” and compares him to a “nightmare spouse you can’t win an argument with.” While Wright said the network doesn’t “hold [Trump] to account,” he also said it doesn’t give Trump “credit for the things he does do.”
Asked about his personal politics by the Project Veritas operative, whom CNN reports presented himself as a documentarian, Wright said he considers himself a “socialist.” He added: “I think there should be national health insurance. I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think there are too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap — that’s a problem.”
Wright's comments aren't damning at all. And the notion that journalists should never express opinions in private is absurd. O'Keefe is a fraud who operates in bad faith. Stop accepting his premise. https://t.co/JxIhPtoBr6— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) February 26, 2020
“If it’s a suspendable offense for journalists to privately gripe about their media company’s news coverage of whatever, then nobody in this business would have a job,” tweeted Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce.