After revelations that Rice was behind the "unmasking" of names of Trump associates in U.S. intelligence reports, ABC News ignored the story. That was because Rice has a close, personal connection ABC News that most were unaware of. She isn't the only Washington Democrat with friends and family in the same media tasked to report on them.
Rice's husband, Ian Cameron, was a long-time employee of ABC News, and worked with many of the current staffers, including senior anchor George Stephanopoulos, the former Communications Director for the Clinton White House. Stephanopoulos is now a senior anchor at ABC News and one of their leading voices for the Democratic agenda on the network. He also personally invited Cameron to serve as executive producer of the Sunday morning news program "This Week." Upon leaving ABC, Cameron thanked Stephanopoulos, saying "It has been a privilege to contribute to the national political conversation."
According to Heavy.com, Cameron first joined ABC News in 1998. During his time there, he served as the senior Washington producer for "ABC World News with Charles Gibson" before joining "This Week."
Even though Cameron left ABC News in 2011, many of his co-workers and friends are still in place. That connection is likely the reason ABC News didn't even mention Cameron's wife in their coverage for days after the scandal broke. In fact, the first mention of it on the ABC News website came days later, when they posted a "What You Need to Know" article detailing a timeline and background of the events. There was no outrage or hint of scandal that ABC News usually takes on when reporting on President Trump.
Among the other prominent D.C. Democrats with personal media connections are the following. It explains a lot about the coverage of the Obama years. This information comes via TurthOrFiction.com.
*CBS President David Rhodes and Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor to President Obama, are brothers. The CBS Evening News opted not to report on an email written by Ben Rhodes that reportedly demonstrated how the Obama Administration had shaped talking points surrounding the deadly attacks in Benghazi in 2012.
*ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to former Obama Deputy Press Secretary Katie Hogan. Hogan is now a spokesperson for the nonprofit political group Organizing for Action, which grew from President Obama’s reelection campaign.
*ABC President Ben Sherwood and Elizabeth Sherwood, former special advisor to President Obama, are siblings. Elizabeth Sherwood was named as the White House coordinator for defense policy, weapons of mass destruction and arms control in March of 2013.
*CNN’s Virginia Moseley is married to former Deputy Secretary Tom Nides. Moseley was named a vice president at CNN in 2012.
*ABC News reporter Claire Shipman is married to former Obama press secretary Jay Carney.
In 2012, RedState's Erick Erickson highlighted a number of close connections between D.C. and the media. Of course, some of these job titles and connectons are now outdated, but he made the point quite well.
This likely puts the media's coverage of Democrats in proper perspective. And it should explain quite a bit.Neil King is a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is married to Shailagh Murray who left a reporting job at the Washington Post to take the job of Joe Biden’s communications director. She replaced Jay Carney who moved to the White House and who himself left Time to take the communications director role for Biden.
John Harris of Politico is married to an abortion rights activist who used to run NARAL Virginia.
The Politico’s Chief Washington Correspondent, Jonathan Allen, left the Politico to work for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then returned to the Politico.
Andy Barr of the Politico left the Politico to work for the Democratic National Committee and now works for Richard Carmona, the Democrats’ candidate for Senate in Arizona against Jeff Flake.
Michael Scherer of Time, where Jay Carney left to go to Joe Biden’s office, got his start in left wing publications, as did Ezra Klein of the Washington Post who famously created the left wing Journolist filled with Washington journalists and pundits to bounce around themes in the left wing echo chamber.
Linda Douglass of ABC News left ABC to serve as Chief Propaganda Officer for the Obama White House in charge of getting Obamacare through.
Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times made up the story about President George H. W. Bush being surprised and taken aback by a common supermarket check out scanner. The story was made up by Rosenthal who was not even present. Andrew Rosenthal is now the Editor of the New York Times Editorial Page.
Chuck Todd himself is married to a former DNC staffer and he worked as a Democratic staffer to Senator Tom Harkin. He works with Chris Matthews who worked for a Democrat in Congress and Jimmy Carter. They both work with Andrea Mitchell who is married to Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. And they’re all just a degree or two removed from Tawana Brawley thanks to their relationship with MSNBC host Al Sharpton.