Ted Koppel blasts conservative talk shows as 'bad for America'

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Marzo 27, 2017

Ted Koppel has a bone to pick with Sean Hannity, and he's not hesitant to say so in so many words-to Hannity, directly, on the Fox News anchor's own show.

"You're cynical. ... You think we're bad for America?"

Koppel also spoke with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet for the piece. The Fox news host said he provided many examples of media bias in the cut footage and challenged the network to air the full segment.

Koppel interviewed Hannity for a segment on the deepening political divide in America on "CBS Sunday Morning" when the discussion turned to conservative talk radio and the spoon-feeding of information to viewers. Here he was forced to pause while Hannity interrupted, "You're selling the American people short".

Koppel: No, you know why? "Because you're very good at what you did and because you have attracted ... people who have determined that ideology is more important than facts".

Sean Hannity's vigorous defenses of all things related to Donald Trump often border on the absurd.

"Let me finish the sentence", Koppel said, and Hannity yielded the floor.

"I don't think it can be", Hannity told Koppel in response to a question about whether journalism, in his mind, can be revived.

It's just hard to figure out exactly what Hannity is really upset about, other than perhaps Koppel calmly telling him to his face he thinks he's bad.

"We have to give some credit to the American people that they are somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show", Hannity told Koppel on camera, registering the veteran newsman's doubt.

"I did about a 45 minute interview with CBS".

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