Thursday, March 5, 2015
NYC Radio: ABC's George Talks About NBC's Brian
Some excerpts from the interview:
On the Brian Williams scandal…
George Stephanopoulos: And everybody has been watching this and trying to figure out. It’s like when something happens in your business, you know, we are all following every twist of this and trying to put it all together. I’m not friends with Brian, but I see him around a lot, I like him…But also, I got to say, I’m surprised, I didn’t quite understand how it got into the broadcast. You know, we all are surrounded by big teams. And that was a little bit surprising.
On applying for a job at ABC out of grad school…
GS: I was about 25 then, and I actually applied to ABC News, applied to Nightline and got a very kind but very terse one line rejection letter from Rick Kaplan at Nightline.
On leaving the White House and moving into journalism:
GS: When I left the White House in early ’97, I guess I was, what 35, 36 then. I felt much older… white house years are dog years multiplied… I knew I didn’t want to be someone who just hung around Washington trading off of what he had done forever. I knew that in order to feel my age again, I had to start a different career.
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