Veteran ABC News reporter suspended over sting by controversial conservative group – By Paul Farhi (The Independent) / Feb 26 2020
Video shows David Wright complaining about political coverage and network’s promotion of Disney shows
ABC News suspended one of its veteran correspondents late on Tuesday for unguarded remarks he made in a video by operatives of Project Veritas, the conservative group that records “undercover” footage of mainstream journalists to bolster its accusations of media bias.
The network disciplined David Wright, who reports for ABC’s signature news programs, including World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline, several people confirmed late on Tuesday.
The choppy, poorly shot video, released on Wednesday morning by Project Veritas, captured Mr Wright on what appeared to be a hidden camera, seeming to complain in general terms about political coverage.
“I don’t think we’re terribly interested in voters,” he said, echoing gripes about the superficiality of some aspects of White House and campaign coverage that have been raised by journalists for decades. Also: “Commercial imperative is incompatible with news.”
At one point he says, “We don’t hold him him to account. We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do.” In subtitles, Project Veritas indicated that “him” stood for President Trump. He refers to Trump at another point as “the f—— president.”