Poor John Green. The executive producer of ABC's weekend "Good Morning America" broadcasts got a month-long involuntary vacation after his private e-mails were exposed saying "Bush makes me sick," and that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has "Jew shame."
Once the e-mails were publicized, the people inside the media were agitated. How many of them are equally guilty? How many people inside the liberal media send snarky anti-Bush notes to each other every day? The New York Times lamented the "chilling effect."
In a sense, they had every reason to find Green's suspension bizarre.
It comes from the same network that hired George Stephanopoulos fresh out of the infamous Clinton White House spin machine, where he earned a living telling Americans how they should be sick of the other President Bush, and for his efforts, he was soon guest-hosting "GMA" and "Nightline." Now he's not only ABC's king of Sunday morning, he's been dubbed "Chief Washington Correspondent," which may mean more than it sounds: His online biography says he "oversees the network's coverage of Congress and reports on political and policy stories for all ABC News platforms."
The same odd pattern happened for Meredith Vieira. Acting as what Barbara Walters called the "glue" that united the all-female panel on ABC's midday chat show "The View," Vieira came on the air on August 30, 2004, the Monday of the Republican convention, and declared -- no, boasted -- she had marched in an anti-Bush, anti-war protest in New York, a protest designed to ruin any political benefit for the GOP.
NBC News is now hiring her to replace Katie Couric as co-host of "Today," and NBC's going to hand her an eight-figure salary each year to bring her leftist biases along with her, replacing Katie in more ways than one. But John Green was suspended.
On this episode, Vieira insisted, "I didn't go anti-Bush or pro-Kerry. I'm still so upset about this war, and I'm so proud I live in a country where you can protest." She even showed a photo of herself marching with her pre-teen daughter Lily and her husband, Richard Cohen, who was the senior political producer at CBS News for most of the 1980s. Behind her in the photo: a protest sign featuring a "W," for George W. Bush, with a slash through it.
But like a bad Ginsu knife commercial, there's more.