OH! THE IRONY OF IT: ABC News Issues “RULES” Of Usage For First Trump Interview


Liberal mainstream media outlet, ABC News, has landed the big one. They’ve got the first interview with President Trump after the inauguration. With that they have also issued a laundry list of “rules” for redistribution of their content.

Kind of puzzling, though. Why would ABC clamp down on distribution of such a prestigious interview? Where’s the benefit in limiting distribution for their organization? Where’s the transparency about which liberal media is always screaming.

Drudge lists the demands, not made with the White House, but with other media outlets.

1. Excerpts of no more than THREE MINUTES (3:00) of actualities from ABC News may be incorporated in your regularly scheduled news program’s broadcast. Material can no longer be used after February 1. 

2. A mandatory on-screen credit must be aired during the entire excerpt you broadcast. You must include the mandatory ‘ABC News’ bug visible with no company logos over the above footage. 

3. The excerpt must be introduced with an audio credit ‘In President Trump’s first interview on ABC News’ 

4. You must advise your affiliates and any other entities to which you provide material for broadcast that they must abide by the same usage and credit guidelines to incorporate any excerpts in their locally originated programming. 

5. Domestic networks may not redistribute the material as clips or raw material to international affiliates or agencies. Re-distribution of an entire segment or program containing the clip is allowed as long as the affiliates are advised that no excerpting of the clip or cataloguing for future use is allowed. 

6. If the video interview is used on the Internet, online services or interactive multimedia transmissions, you MUST use the embed code, which will be provided.  

ABC News reserves all of its rights and remedies in the event of any violation of its rights.

Here’s the irony part. MediaIte exposes ABC’s visceral hatred for Donald Trump and his administration as they purposely doctor an interview to convey the opposite of what the interviewee said. Interesting that the news outlet wants such tight controls on sharing their reporting, don’t you think?

ABC News apologized Tuesday after the Monday night edition of Nightline edited a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer in a way that made it appear that he was more critical of current White House press secretary Sean Spicer than he actually was.

“[Spicer’s] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday,” Nightlinequoted Fleischer as saying.

So, Fleischer took a page from the Trump playbook and went around the media to get the truth to the people.

Here are some of the tweets that set the record straight and forced an apology from the liberal ABC media outlet.

Maybe the White House should also issue it’s own set of rules when dealing with the liberal media. The only way to assure unedited, unbiased reporting is to do live interviews, and to also have a White House staffer also tape the session.

So far, President Trump has done a great job of going around the lying liberal media. And critics who want him to stop tweeting really need to realize the power of keeping liberals in check with the ability to go straight to the public with the truth.


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Lisa Payne-Naeger

Former elected school board member, turned homeschool mom, turned CONSERVATIVE political activist. Trying to spread the word of truth, in "new" media and drag the culture back to common sense.

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