George Stephanopoulos: Obama 'Loves' the Birther Issue; So Does ABC
Published: 4/15/2011 11:29 AM ET
According to Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos, Barack Obama "loves" talking about the birther issue, thinking it will help his reelection bid. Journalists on the ABC program seem to share this fondness, having repeatedly highlighted the issue.
Stephanopoulos introduced an interview on Friday by marveling to co-host Robin Roberts: "I thought he'd take a pass, but [Obama] seemed to love talking about [birthers]."
During the segment, the host offered Obama an easy opportunity to complain about those who don't believe he was born in America: "I mean all of us have been struck by Donald Trump rising to the top of the Republican field by feeding fantasies about your background. What do you make of that?"
Stephanopoulos continued, "...The President expanded on the theme, explaining why he thinks Trump's attacks help him." He even finished Obama's sentence that Republicans who aren't focused on the economy will be "in trouble."
On March 17, GMA connected the theory to the Tea Party.
On February 17, Stephanopoulos badgered Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to denounce birthers and assert that the President is a Christian.
Jake Tapper on April 12 mocked the "bizarre," "non-reality-based" birthers.
If Obama believes linking Republicans to birtherism will be a plus, clearly ABC is only too willing to help
A transcript of the April 15 segment, which aired at 7:04am EDT, follows: