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Flashback: Stephanopoulos cut his teeth quashing stories about Bill Clinton’s sexual victims

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Host of ABC News’s “This Week” program George Stephanopoulos had a moment of peak self-unawarenews on Sunday’s show when he interviewed Ronan Farrow, the author of the article in New Yorker that exposed the accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And Ronan Farrow, you have written these stories for The New Yorker, more are coming as well. One of the first things you see is the men not only deny in the face of those first questions, they do everything they can to quash that story.

RONAN FARROW, JOURNALIST: Everything they can. And there’s a system around those men, George, that enables them to quash the stories. This, I think, is at the heart of this question of is it a watershed moment. Not just are people brave enough to come forward, but are we all as a society brave enough to actually confront the reforms necessary to the system — I mean, Jackie Speier just came out in the last few days and said Congress has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements over the last, you know, several decades.

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Now, what we need to see in terms of reform is exactly what legislators are already putting on the table around the country — limitations on the use of secret settlements, for instance that silence these allegations. Are we going to be able to actually change that? That’s an open question.

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When Stephanopoulos said, “One of the first things you see is the men not only deny in the face of those first questions, they do everything they can to quash that story,” he could well have been talking about his former boss Bill Clinton and his own role quashing stories about Clinton misbehavior with women.

This is not new behavior for Stephanopoulos.

When Matt Drudge posted that Monica Lewinsky had an affair with Clinton with trysts in the White House in January 1998, Stephanopoulos was already one year out of the Clinton administration and working at ABC News and already he acting out his new role by telling ABC viewers he was shocked by Clinton’s behavior.

Stephanopoulos told the hosts of “Good Morning America” that if the president really had an affair with Lewinsky, he would face impeachment.

The 37-year-old wunderkind spent previous decade of his life keeping stories like the Lewinsky tale from making it to the press–and apparently, he was the only senior aide to Clinton, who had no idea why the young intern with a large black beret was ignoring Secret Service officers as she strolled into the Oval Office and shutting the door behind her.

In the Slate “Chatterbox” column, “Stephanopoulos Analyzes His Own Crime” the former White House aide and campaign operative.

Here is an excerpt from the Slate take:

You might say that Stephanopoulos helped invent the philander-protection techniques that seem to have made Clinton so overconfident of his ability to not get caught. He was one of Clinton’s principal enablers, to use a word employed by Maureen Dowd in today’s New York Times. When Democrats wonder why there is so much resentment of Clinton, they don’t need to look much further than the Big Lie about philandering that Stephanopoulos, Carville (and a cooperative campaign press corps) helped to put over in 1992.

Now the dissembler and enabler has become the scholar and ABC News analyst. It’s as if Roy Cohn went on television in the mid-’50s to soberly rue the damage wreaked by Sen. Joe McCarthy, without any apology for his own role. Much has been made of the way famous wrongdoers (e.g.: Dick Morris, Marv Albert) rebound too quickly in our celebrity culture. But usually at least a nanosecond of contrition is required. Stephanopoulos is cashing in without even going through the minimal motions of holding himself accountable for misleading the country. If Clinton, as is now increasingly clear, was a time bomb waiting to explode, then Stephanopoulos helped smuggle him into the White House and muffled the ticking.

The 1993 documentary “The War Room” focused on Stephanopoulos and his partner in crime James Carville as they massaged the press during Clinton’s scandal-tinged presidential campaign.

Watch Stephanopoulos bully a reporter into spiking a story about a list of women with whom Arkansas Gov. William J. Clinton might have had an affair. During the short conversation, the campaign aide tells the reporter that Clinton will be the next president and he would remember that the reporter did the right thing–or the reporter will become a national laughingstock boxed out of covering Democratic politics forever.

 

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HUGE: Court Documents Reveal Shot Kenosha Rioter Joseph Rosenbaum Was a Convicted Child Rapist

Convicted pedophile Joseph Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation at the Kenosha riots.

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New court documents of the Pima County, Arizona circuit court reveal that Joseph Rosenbaum was convicted of various sex crimes against children in Arizona in 2002.

Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation while rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. He is seen on camera lunging at 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who eventually shot him, claiming he acted in self defense when Rosenbaum attempted to take the AR-15 rifle he was carrying. Rittenhouse attempted to flee the scene, and was pursued by two other rioters, one armed with a gun. He tripped and fell, and when the other rioters assailed him, he shot them both. Rosenbaum and one other rioter were killed, and a third wounded. Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree murder in the shootings.

Watch video of the shootings and decide for yourself.

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Shortly after Rosenbaum was identified as one of the deceased individuals, it became public knowledge that he was on the Wisconsin sex offender registry, for crimes committed in Arizona.

The man who may very well have set off the violent altercation is a convicted pedophile, judging from the court documents that were published Wednesday. A presentence report reveals that Rosenbaum committed a range of sex crimes against several boys from the ages of nine to eleven years old, including outright rape.

More documents reveal the legal proceedings against Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum would be convicted of two of the eleven total charges.

Some leftists had speculated that Rosenbaum was merely a victim of the criminal justice system upon the revelation that he was a convicted sex offender, claiming he had been merely been railroaded for sexual activity with his 17-year old girlfriend as an adult, or something of the like. The new documents disprove such an assertion, demonstrating that Rosenbaum was convicted for some of the most heinous child sex crimes known to society, including the outright rape of children.

Previous criminal records of parties involved in use-of-force incidences aren’t usually admissible in court cases, but Rittenhouse’s argument of self defense appears more credible when his word is placed against the conduct of a convicted pedophile.

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