As CBS reports, Koppel charged the Fox News host with nurturing America’s intolerant political climate where, increasingly, varying perspectives are met with antipathy. Hannity did not deny that he uses his platform to promote a right-wing agenda. However, he argued that his viewers can parse editorial from fact.
“We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show,” Hannity opined. He then accused Koppel of cynicism.
“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
“You do? Really?” Hannity pressed.
Then, echoing Trump’s favored descriptor, Hannity remarked, “That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.”
“No, you know why [you’re bad for America?]? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential—”
“You’re selling the American people short,” Hannity interrupted.
After a brief back-and-forth on basic etiquette, Koppel continued.
“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
During the interview, Hannity also stated that “liberalism must be defeated. Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. We don’t want a revolution in this country.” He also added how “the press in this country is out to destroy the president.”
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“Fake Edited News” @CBSNews release the Unedited 45 minute interview so people can see the BS games you play in the edit room. I dare you! https://twitter.com/mediaite/status/846024537510727681 …
So here is a man who admits that his “news” is just opinion and that the American people know the difference, and then pushes the Trump “fake news” agenda for any opinion that doesn’t match up with his beliefs
this is not the 1st time Koppel has attacked Fox News for being a nonsubjective journalist