"You have the worst record of making false statements of any of the leading contenders," Stephanopoulos said. Challenging Bachmann on the statement concerning slavery, Stephanopoulos pointed out that many of the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson, were slaveholders.
Bachmann first responded evasively. "What our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world," Bachmann replied. "That's what people want to get back to because they realize that our government is taking away our freedom."
"I was, you know, as shocked as anybody else just by the compulsion that he demonstrated," said Stephanopoulos. "You heard the first story, said 'Well, this might be true.' But then he came out and talked to every single reporter in the country and said it's not true, I'm the victim here. That's what surprised me."
Just hours after Weiner's resignation, Sherri Sherpherd wondered if he could recover from the scandal. Stephanopoulos noted that Weiner has spent his whole working life in politics and he is a smart guy. But he made the point that before he did anything else, Weiner would have to get himself straightened out and settle things with his family.
Stephanopoulos and Roberts spell out "waker," which is a legitimate word, but nevertheless seems a bit of a stretch. "Someone who wakes someone up," Stephanopoulos said, by way of explanation. Okay, okay. You win.
Watch the video after the jump.
Christiane Amanpour has accepted the offer from ABC's news division to anchor the Sunday show 'This Week,' taking over for George Stephanopolous, who now anchors 'Good Morning America'. This means she'll be leaving CNN where she has racked up an impressive 18-year body of work consisting mostly of international reporting and journalism.
However, does this give her the chops to moderate a political fueled talk fest? There are yeas and nays on both sides of the question.
Stephanopolous and Roberts have two false starts before Roberts attempts to gain control by quickly changing the subject to gum left under her desk.
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Why? Think about what happened this morning: all four networks interrupted their regular programming to show the speech. There was pre- and post-speech analysis from sports reporters as well as the news folks. There was a podium and a blue curtain. If you didn't know that Tiger Woods was about to speak, you might have thought that President Obama was about to step out and address the nation. Instead, we got Tiger talking over and over about how he's failed himself, his wife, his friends and his family.
I'm not sure what made me feel dirtier: the fact that the networks made it seem like a presidential address, or that I was actually watching it. Video and more after the jump.
"They made me keep my clothes on," Wentworth said.
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I don't think I did one of these lists last year, and I have no idea why. The election all by itself would have generated a pretty fun best/worst list. Maybe we were all suffering from information overload, and were just exhausted. Not sure.
But 2009 had a lot of interesting TV, too, just not all in one category. As I've done in the past, I'll dispense with the usual "best show" and "worst show" lists and just make up categories:
Best comeback from a shaky first season: Parks and Recreation. As I mentioned in my "return of the sitcom" story, Parks and Rec has made the biggest improvement from first season to second since... well, since The Office. It's no coincidence; Greg Daniels and Mike Schur's Office experience taught them that patience would be rewarded, both on the part of the writers and the viewers.
According to Nielsen, George Stephanopoulos' debut on Monday yielded about 4.7 million viewers, roughly the same number who tuned in to see Diane Sawyer's last day in the anchor chair on Friday.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has finally confirmed what we've been telling you for weeks, appointing Stephanopoulos to the chair that Sawyer has filled for the last ten years. Stephanopoulos, a former presidential adviser who most recently has been seen as host of the Sunday political forum 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos,' will begin co-hosting 'Good Morning America' alongside Robin Roberts beginning on Monday.
According to the AP, Cuomo is leaving his morning post and heading over to '20/20,' where he will co-host with Elizabeth Vargas.
This may finally complete the shuffling over at 'GMA,' which, as we reported earlier this week, has Diane Sawyer leaving her spot to take over 'World News.' ABC executives are expected to announce Sawyer's official replacement, George Stephanopoulos, this afternoon, according to the NY Daily News.
The Emmy Award-winning Chang, who has previously served as a correspondent for ABC News' '20/20,' 'Good Morning America' and 'Nightline,' will replace former newsreader Chris Cuomo on the morning show.
Now it's official: On this morning's broadcast of 'Good Morning America,' co-host Diane Sawyer confirmed what industry wags had predicted all along: she'll leave 'GMA' at the end of this week in preparation for taking over for Charles Gibson, who leaves 'World News' on Dec. 18.
Sawyer will begin anchoring 'World News' Dec. 21, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
With Sawyer's departure from 'GMA,' there's a seat on that program left to be filled -- and late last week we reported that George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief Washington correspondent and longtime host of the Sunday morning news program 'This Week', has been offered the gig, although no official word has been made.
If confirmed, this will also leave a hole in 'This Week' to be filled, perhaps by Robin Roberts, next year.
According to The Washington Post, Stephanopoulos, who did a dry run on the show back on October as a try-out, has been offered the anchor job on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' which is being vacated by Diane Sawyer on December 18. Sawyer, who herself is moving up to replace Charles Gibson as host of 'ABC's World News,' has co-anchored the show for the past ten years.
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