Why, Really, Did ABC News Not Air the Jeffrey Epstein Story Three Years Ago?

In a leaked and provocative video, anchor Amy Robach complains, 'I'm so pissed right now ... What we had was unreal'

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Speculation has been swirling for most of this week that three years ago, ABC News killed a story on the Jeffrey Epstein sexual misconduct scandal in order to protect Bill and Hillary Clinton because of the former president’s association with Epstein.

Or at least that’s conceivably part of the reason it did not air the story, the speculation suggests.

The buzz on all of this is the result of a recently released Project Veritas video.

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That provocative and conservative investigative team, led by James O’Keefe, gained possession of a video from ABC that caught anchor Amy Robach on a hot microphone claiming, “I’ve had the story for three years … We would not put it on the air. It was unbelievable what we had — Clinton — we had everything,” she complained.

She went on to say in the video that she believes “100 percent” that Epstein was murdered in jail.

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She also said, “I tried for three years to get it on [the air] to no avail. And now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations and I freaking had it all.”

“I’m so pissed right now. Every day I get more and more pissed ‘cause I’m just like, oh my God, what we had was unreal,” she went on in the leaked video.

Robach has since confirmed those were her words.

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Project Veritas revealed the recording was leaked by an ABC News employee.

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Many people are comparing the killed ABC story to the NBC spike of Ronan Farrow’s report on the sexual transgressions of former movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

When NBC passed on it — as several of their people were named in it, including star anchor Matt Lauer — Farrow took the story to The New Yorker and found fame and acclaim — and he ignited the #MeToo movement.

Before the damage got out too of hand for her superiors, though, Robach backtracked and recently issued this statement to Fox News: “As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration.”

ABC also told Fox News in part, “At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air.”

In the new twist to distract attention from the spiked story as related by Robach, ABC is saying the story was not killed to shield the former president and his wife.

But an “insider” (read PR rep) claims ABC did indeed have the story held.

But that was done, apparently, to protect the news division’s access to the British royal family — Prince Andrew is named in the story.

In that rendition of the tale, which Buckingham Palace vehemently denies, Jeffrey Epstein forced or enabled underage girls to have sex with the prince.

But no matter if it’s an ABC network insider or a royal-loving ABC executive who killed the story: ABC joins a list of growing list of major journalistic outlets which, for internal reasons, have passed on stories that later grew into major scoops with a seismic impact on the culture.

In-house policies like that will not earn a network news team a Pulitzer.

Funny, though — because Ronan Farrow has one now (together with The New Yorker).

And see also this clip from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show last night on this topic — with other compelling details:

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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