Smarmy George Stephanopoulos

Senator McCain had originally planned to attend a Town Hall Meeting in Columbus, OH, this Sunday morning; it was to be hosted by ABC’s Meet the Press and moderated by George Stephanopoulos.

Due to the ongoing negotiations toward a solution to the nation’s financial crisis, Sen. McCain has returned to DC. ABC announced that the Town Hall had been cancelled, and McCain will be the lead guest on a normal MTP.

The NY Times reports that ABC took ownership of the choice for venue change:

Asked who had initiated the change of venue, Alison Bridgman, an ABC News spokeswoman, said in an e-mail message, “Since there is likely to be a vote in Washington on Sunday, we offered McCain the option to do the show from (DC) instead and he accepted.”

But the Times also quotes a Stephanopoulos email to those who had planned to attend where his word choice pins the cancellation on McCain:

Mr. Stephanopoulos sent the following e-mail this afternoon to those who had planned to attend in Columbus: “Thank you very much for agreeing to be part of my show this Sunday. Unfortunately, as a result of the ongoing Congressional debate over the economic bailout package, John McCain has elected to stay in Washington DC and do the program from here…”

(Here’s a [link to today’s NY Times story])(http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/town-hall-scrapped-mccain-will-be-interviewed-on-this-week/).

Three thoughts:

1-Stephanopoulos, you partisan, Clintonian scum.

2-This almost amounts to unbiased, nonpartisan reporting by the NY Times?!?

3-Will Stephanopoulos gently correct McCain if he refers to his “Muslim faith”? Let’s wait and see…