Trouble has been brewing around America's news corporation ABC News for the past week, and #EpsteinCoverup is now a hot gossip. It all began when Project Veritas, an American right-wing activist group, released a tape of Amy Robach, ABC's Breaking News Anchor making allegations at her superiors.
In the leaked tape, Robach complained while on a hot mic (off-air, but the mic was still turned on) that ABC News had intentionally thwarted her efforts to investigate Jeffrey Epstein's crimes three years ago.
Who is Jeffrey Epstein?
Jeffrey Epstein is an accused pedophile who allegedly procured underage girls and sexually abused them. Epstein died by suicide in August 2019, but there are still doubts about the cause of his death. Epstein is also an American financier who had connections with the rich and affluent.
Epstein's Association with ABC News
While there is no direct association between ABC News and Epstein, the network news is the center of attention since its executives had willfully refused to air Robach's findings into Epstein crimes. Specifically, ABC executives are alleged to have spiked the story by withholding its publication for unknown reasons.
Now there are a lot of unanswered questions as to whether ABC had outside pressure to spike the story. Likewise, the question of who may have mounted pressure on them to do so is still lingering in the air.
Someone Takes the Fall for the Tape's Leakage
Nevertheless, it seems ABC News executives are more concerned about discovering who leaked Amy Robach's tape in the first place. Reportedly, Ashley Bianco, a former ABC News employee who moved to CBS News, had accessed ABC News' servers. There are now "speculations" that Bianco may have leaked the footage to Project Veritas, or she had shared the tape with others who released it.
Ashley Bianco Gets Fired but Denies Leaking Robach's Tape
Bits of pieces of information provided by James O'Keefe, a journalist at Project Veritas, reveals that Ashley Bianco has been fired from CBS Network. Reportedly, her dismissal is in relation to the #EpsteinCoverup case, where it is alleged that she leaked the tape. Although Bianco was working for CBS News, ABC News was able to influence her termination at CBS.
The former CBS producer has, however, given an interview airing her side of the story. According to Bianco, in an interview with Megyn Kelly, she did not release the tape to Project Veritas or anyone. And she was not given a chance to defend herself.
Despite this, Bianco admits to "clipping the moment in the system" when Robach was making comments on the Epstein investigation. According to her, she saved the video because she wanted to rewatch it at a later time or for good old office gossip; however, she did not touch the video after that. The former CBS employee also remarked that she had been working for CBS for only four days before she was fired.
Anonymous WhistleBlower Speaks Up
While it is still being debated whether Bianco is the one who leaked Robach's tape, someone has admitted to doing so. In a publication on November 8, 2019, Project Veritas, who released Amy Robach's tape to the public, revealed that the video was given to them by an ABC News insider. According to the group, the anonymous whistleblower has come forward to make comments about the tape.
An excerpt from the publication read:
"I came forward with this information bearing no motives other than to have this information public. I did not and did not seek any personal gain from this information, whether it be financial or otherwise, and will always decline."
The whistleblower also said:
"I, like many, are at a loss for words on how this has been handled. Instead of addressing this head-on as the company has in the past, it has spun into a mission of seek-and-destroy."
Members of the Public File a Petition Seeking Answers
Members of the public have expressed their concerns to the allegation about ABC News, which can be attested by the viral nature of #EpsteinCoverup hashtag. On the other hand, a petition titled "Expose ABC News Epstein Coverup" is currently being signed by members of the public seeking more answers on the EpsteinCoverup case.
Part of the petition reads:
"Force Disney and ABC News to address this shocking revelation by signing this petition, right now!"
Apart from firing an employee, it is still uncertain how ABC News and CBC News will react to the news.