Senior ABC News reporter David Wright has been suspended from his job and banned from covering politics after being caught on camera telling the truth about his employer’s bias against President Donald Trump.
The long-standing television journalist was snared by Project Veritas, whose hidden cameras famously caught Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of selling aborted babies in 2016. Led by James O’Keefe, the covert outfit has exposed voter fraud efforts by Democrat operatives, and news media bias that covered up the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case to avoid tarnishing the Clintons. In the recent video exposé, Wright lashes out at the bias ABC has against the president and complains decision-makers hamstring his ability to tell the truth.
His remarks include the network failing to follow-though on Trump Administration reporting and deliberately suppressing the president’s successes.
“It’s like there’s 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 accountable,” Wright is seen saying in the video. “I think, some of that at least in the place that I work and places like it, is that with Trump, we’re interested in three things: we’re interested in the outrage of the day, the investigation, and of the palace intrigue of who’s backstabbing who. Beyond that, we don’t really cover the guy.”
In the undercover video, Wright claims that he is a socialist, which leads many to believe he holds an inherent bias that favors Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary coverage.
“I think there should be national health insurance,” Wright reportedly says. “I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think there are too many billionaires, and I think that there’s a wealth gap. That’s a problem.”
But the bizarre irony of the fallout of Wright making candid, truthful remarks is that his criticism of the network is largely held by everyday Americans. In an effort to mitigate the damage done by the now-public comments, ABC officials are putting a propaganda spin on his suspension.
“Any action that damages our reputation for fairness and impartiality or gives the appearance of compromising it harms ABC News and the individuals involved,” an ABC News spokesman said. “David Wright has been suspended, and to avoid any possible appearance of bias, he will be reassigned away from political coverage when he returns.”
With an ABC producer also reportedly on the video, Wright outlines how the network misleads voters by delivering inadequate information. He mourns the bias at ABC, which is precisely what the network is trying to silence Wright about in its suspension. It’s difficult to imagine that in a climate of fake news, Wright is being penalized for providing an unabashed account of the “profit” and “promotion center” that ABC has evolved into.
“I feel terrible about it. I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly informed, and people also have the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to hear,” Wright said with the ABC News producer present.
In a world of fake news, the truth can get a journalist canned.