ABC’s Diane Sawyer was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday talking about the networks’ White House Health Care special this Wednesday. After host Howard Kurtz played a clip of FNC’s Sean Hannity’s characterization of the special as a “Mickey Mouse sponsored infomercial,” concluding, “journalism in America is dead,” Sawyer responded:
Oh, Sean. Again, ABC, I’m so proud of ABC. And I hope that there is some recognition for the fact that this network is trying to tackle a serious issue in a serious way, and we are doing something that we would love to see a lot more air time dedicated to.
What is more important than a dialogue about health care? It is not an infomercial. ABC News does not do that. We will be there, and these people in this room are going to be able to ask questions from every single vantage point. And they are going to challenge the president, many of them.