Not what he seemed to be


ABC News says it is reviewing stories that involved former ABC News consultant Alexis Debat, amid allegations he faked numerous interviews for French publications. ABC had already dismissed Debat in June, after employing him as a consultant for five years, after he was unable to provide satisfactory answers to questions about his academic credentials. A spokesman for Sen. Barak Obama said last week that an interview of the senator published in a French magazine never occurred. Now others have come forward to say that purported interviews of them by Debat were also fakes, including former President Bill Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. On the ABC News website, Sr. VP Jeffrey Schneider says ABC News has begun a review of all work that Debat did for the network, but "our initial review has found that the information he provided ABC News checked out and was backed up by other sources."