ABC News on Tuesday suspended veteran correspondent David Wright after he admitted on hidden camera that he is a socialist and his network spends too much time obsessing about Trump while not giving him credit for what things he does.
David Wright is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who has reported for ABC’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Nightline. An ABC News spokesman said he would be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns “to avoid any possible appearance of bias.”
“Our bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job that we’re supposed to do, which is to speak truth to power and hold people to account,” Wright said on video, later accusing the network of becoming “a profit center, a promotion center.”
Conservative muckraking organization Project Veritas released a video of Wright trashing network executives, Wednesday morning, announcing that the report is the second phase of its ongoing investigation into ABC News.
Part One featured an insider-provided tape of news anchor Amy Robach’s hot-mic rant about her ABC News bosses spiking her comprehensive report on Jeffrey Epstein.
According to Veritas, ABC News was unable to discover the identity of their source for the Epstein story and “the insider continues to gather damaging information from behind the network walls.”
Besides Wright, the hidden camera footage features ABC News Producer Andy Fies, who blasted the media for not caring about issues that matter to voters.
The two long-time veterans of ABC News were recorded in New Hampshire where they kvetched about the degradation of their network’s integrity and commitment to news gathering.
Wright is a Buffalo-native was recorded speaking at a bar at the Doubletree Hotel in Manchester, during coverage of that state’s first in the nation primary. Throughout the conversation, the graduate of both Harvard and Oxford said he was frustrated with how the media and Democrats have been unable to take on Trump.
“We’re not disciplined enough to cut [Trump] off and we second-guess ourselves because we’re sensitive to the accusation that we’re in the tank for the Democrats. And so that enables them, and so we enable them. And every time we take the bait on it and that’s what he wants,” he said. “It’s totally and abusive relationship. He’s [Trump’s] the nightmare spouse that you can’t win an argument with.”
When asked why he didn’t like President Trump, Wright answered bluntly, “cause he’s a dick.” The journalist went on to admit that he is a committed socialist and doesn’t believe that Bernie Sanders has what it takes to get the job done.
When asked if he considered himself a Democrat Socialist, he answered, “Oh yeah. More than that I would consider myself a socialist; like I think there should be national health insurance. I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think they’re too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap–that’s a problem.”
He later suggested that Sanders is too old to be effective if he his elected. “Bernie is very old and I think he doesn’t want to admit that,” Wright told a Project Veritas undercover reporter. “Bernie is also I think he- like he believes in the movement that he started. And, he did really, he was John the Baptist; you know but he doesn’t need to be a messiah.”
Wright seemed to prefer Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as the practical choice for president. “Setting aside my professional dispassion, I worry that if he’s [Sanders] elected, he’s not going to get anything done. Because he hasn’t gotten anything done. Where I do think Warren taking those same issues could get something done.”
Sanders won the New Hampshire Primary with 26 percent of the Democratic ballots cast while Warren finished fourth with 9 percent.
Wright complained that the mainstream media’s “the zippy news cycle” amounts to responding to the president’s latest tweet and consequently, “the truth suffers.”
“As a result, we’re easily distracted and that means that we don’t bring focused attention to something that could make a difference,” he lamented. “I think, some of that at least in the place that I work [ABC News], and places like it, is that we’ve, with Trump we’re interested in three things: the outrage of the day, the investigation, and of the palace intrigue of who’s backstabbing whom. Beyond that, we don’t really cover the guy [Trump].
Wright complained that Trump was dominating the news cycles every day. “The first story is the big story, about Trump. And it’s about whatever outrageous thing he said or tweeted about, and it’s about, or it’s about this effort to unseat him, or it’s about, you know, ‘Today we found anonymous’ or ‘Who’s he [Trump] throwing out of the White House today/’ or ‘Who’s blowing the whistle and stabbing him [Trump] in the back?’”
He noted that Trump’s domination of the media also leads to reporters not reporting the positive stories about the president. “We don’t hold him [Trump] to account. We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do.”
Wright added: “I feel terrible about it. I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly informed, and people don’t have the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to here. It’s like there no upside in, or our bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job we’re supposed to do which is to speak truth to power and hold people to account.”
Fies voiced similar criticisms about the media and blasted New York elites for being unable to understand or accept Trump’s support.
“I mean the people in New York go and hangs out – I mean people in New York are constantly, I think, fascinated by; how can people like Donald Trump? How can people understand – you know, well f**k! Cross the Hudson now and then, and come out and spend some time, and you’ll hear why! You know? And I still think that we, we still don’t understand voters. right?” the Chicago-based producer said.
“So, you know, real people, you know, talk about practical issues, when they’re thinking about a candidate; ‘I want to go back to the workforce,’ or ‘I can’t afford childcare’ or ‘I need medical care for whatever.’ Those things aren’t TV-friendly. We want to focus on impeachment, we want to focus on the big sh*t going on, but the things that help people make up their minds are little sh*t,” he said.
An ABC News spokesman said the veteran journalist was suspended because his comments damaged the network’s reputation.
“Any action that damages our reputation for fairness and impartiality or gives the appearance of compromising it harms ABC News and the individuals involved,” the spokesman told the Washington Examiner. “David Wright has been suspended, and to avoid any possible appearance of bias, he will be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns.”