Good Morning America Accused of Using Robin Roberts Illness as "Promotional Opportunity"

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Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant last week, as the highly respected journalist will need many weeks to recover and hopefully overcome a rare blood disorder known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Millions of fans out there are sending Roberts their best.

Robin Roberts Close Up

Except for Tom Shales.

While The Chicago-Sun Times television critic undoubtedly hopes Roberts makes a full recovery, that wasn't the focus of an article he penned last week in which he accused Good Morning America of using Roberts' serious illness as a"promotional opportunity."

“We all wish Robin Roberts well," Shales wrote. "And we hope she is not being charged with sick days, considering the fact that her illness has practically become another character in the show’s cast.”

As you might expect ABC News Senior VP Jeffrey Schneider responded to such a charge with a passionate defense of GMA.

“To be clear, we are keeping faith with our viewers, who are deeply interested in Robin’s journey. We are also mindful that Robin derives strength from the overwhelming outpouring of love. That Tom wouldn’t understand is no surprise here."

What do YOU think? Is GMA focusing too much on Robin's health crisis?


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I want to thank GMA for sharing with Robins Supporters her progress. I have been part of the GMA family for over 20 years. And Robin and all the anchors are part of my family. Therefore it is natural and expect for us to know the progress of my family member "Robin". Infact I personally would like to have a daily progress report.


it seems like ROBIN ROBERTS is the one using her illness as a "promotional opportunity."


Luv Ya, Robin! GOD is the great physician and He can heal. Lots of prayers for you.


TV networks should not fight because of ratings. Don't know her but wishing her fast recovery.