On a CBS segment on Sunday morning, veteran news journalist Ted Koppel told off Fox News host Sean Hannity in a rant where he said that Hannity was “bad for America”.
Koppel, getting older, began to voice his opinions which are based on journalism that existed a long time ago, questioning the validity of shows like Hannity’s on television, alluding to the liberal air that Fox News is misleading viewers.
Hannity responded that he thought that most people this day and age were smart and savvy enough to be able to tell the difference between a news show and an opinion show.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ted Koppel had some harsh words for Fox News host Sean Hannity this morning.
In a CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ segment, the veteran news journalist said he thinks Hannity, a Fox News commentator, is ‘bad for America.’
Hannity said, of the difference between commentary shows such as his own and actual news programs: ‘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 then called Koppel ‘cynical,’ which Koppel affirmed.
Hannity asked: ‘Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?’
Koppel said ‘yes’ and that ‘in the long haul’ such ‘influential’ talk shows as Hannity’s hurt the American people.
Koppel added: ‘You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.’
Hannity said that Koppel’s rebuke was ‘sad.’
On the television program, Hannity also said that ‘liberalism has to be defeated’ and said that ‘angry snowflakes, a ‘Democratic establishment’ and ‘the press in this country’ are all obstacles.
Hannity later tweeted about the news segment and referred to it as ‘fake edited news.’
He wrote that his 45-minute interview was cut down to two minutes and that and that his examples of ‘media bias’ and of how ‘liberalism has failed’ were edited out.
He tweeted at CBS: ‘Release the Unedited 45 minute interview so people can see the BS games you play in the edit room. I dare you!’