Veteran newsman Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he’s bad for America

by Derek Hawkins | The Washington Post  |  published on March 27, 2017

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Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel has long railed against news shows that wear their politics on their sleeves. And on Sunday, he pulled no punches with Sean Hannity.

In a tense exchange on CBS Sunday Morning, Koppel told the Fox News host and staunch supporter of President Trump that his brand of opinion-based journalism was harming the country.

The segment focused on the political divide in America and the role partisan news programming played in driving liberals and conservatives further apart. During a sit-down interview, Hannity called on Koppel to “give some credit” to people’s ability to differentiate between a news show and an opinion show.

  • Horace Milstead

    The only thing better Ted Koppel could have done to garnish credibility for his so called ‘interview’ would have been to wear the James Brown wig that Maxine Waters was sporting as on the floor of the HoR she accused Trump supporters of not being patriotic.

  • Mark

    Obviously America must be up Ted’s butt for him to have such a good view.

  • Original Anna

    And like Ted Koppel hasn’t done some propaganda “news” for Hillary and the democrats.

  • Jane Myers

    Yes, it’s “slanted” only if it is Conservative…The Left will not admit to slanting or outright lying about the news.

  • astrojohn

    No, Ted, YOUR ilk is what’s ruining the country…

  • Bob

    Koppel was a shill for the Democrats for the last 20 years of his career and he is finding fault with a newsman being partisan? Hannity’s show is an opinion based show, not a straight news cast, so opinions are what it’s based on.

  • duncan mckean

    these guys even the old guard from the past lived in a reality we were not aware of at the time in the 70s 80s.we were being entrained and fed by only 5 news networks .there was independent objective journalism maybe 30%.we now know the news hierarchy believe that they should be the civil police and define reality .there days are gone .they are a bone yard of a retrograde brainwashed legacy of arrogant media preachers..kopple go rock in your rocker with a bottle of jack.leave us alone.called differential .logic reason .trivim.check and balance..who watches the watcher?

  • Rodney Steward

    Seem these washed up news men want that last 5 minutes of fame, Bill Will acting stupid also!!

  • ZACAL

    Ted Koppel is a has been at best, as he never did make it as one of the true big news readers. He’s as liberal as water is over a dam. His primary function is promoting liberal progressives in a transparent way. When FOX NEWS came along he was instantly shoved aside. Not even used as a fill in. Of course he is an old goat anyway.

  • buck Shot

    Ted who?

  • Dee

    Koppel is a Moron . I think Many of these news reporters are deranged and he certainly is . They think they know so much yet they have such a twisted narrative and ” their ” spin is what has damaged Our Country ! Go away Koppel , don’t go away mad , just go away .

  • PBHayes

    Ted Koppel is still alive? He looks dead to me.

  • nobuttkissr

    Breaking up the fake news monopoly at last. It’s just like a breath of fresh air.
    Bye Ted,it looks like I’ll be seeing you in the funny papers too,along with the rest of your left leaning cronies. God I love President Trump! #MAGA!

  • Walt

    Ted Kcopout is a phony

  • Molon Labe

    Go suck the big one Koppell! And you and the rest of your left wing Libturd journalists aren’t opinionated????

  • Not_Easily_Impressed

    It is said that the winners write history. If true, you need to be able to think in order to find the truth behind the words.

  • Murph68

    Koppel is a hypocritical fool. Back in the day, he, Rather & Brokaw basically determined what news got reported to the nation…and each one of them interjected their own opinions as they saw fit (without any pushback, as far as I can tell). In doing so, they largely controlled the national narrative and pushed their liberal agenda out to the masses. Hannity represents true conservatives AND has a massive audience (i.e. likely the same or greater influence that Koppel had back in the day). Koppel knows that & because Koppel disagrees with Hannity he’s saying Sean is bad for the country. This is nothing more than a washed up news hack crying over spilt milk. Go crawl back under your rock Ted!

  • Richard Frick

    Suck up Ted should stay in bed. He is as demented as McCain.

  • snowyriver

    Hannity is a breath of fresh air when I am looking for news.

  • Webb

    A Liberal giving a Conservative advice…
    Never ask a Liberal for Directions because you will never reach your destination…
    ☆★☆

  • Leslie Woodhull

    Talk about irrelevant!! KOPPEL you’ve been “DEAD” for years!!! Time to RETIRE, you old WALRUS!!!!

  • cathylovesyou

    You had to be in a trance to listen to Koppel when he was half sane, this Canadian ultra liberal with his pompous self righteous attitude tricked liberals but no independent thinker could stand him. Now he is on spouting more venom and Hannity going on with him, he couldn’t beat up this old has been would look bad. Other than that Ted looks terrible. It is the meanness that has taken its toll.

  • BOC

    Ted Koppel?!?!? I thought this dried up old husk of a fake news purveyor, was dead!

  • Whatzrname

    Bet he wouldn’t go on one of the political talking head hack shows on msnbc or cnn and say that. Sorry, Ted, but i’ve honestly thought you were dead for years. That’s what happens when you’re no longer relevant.

  • The Redhawk

    Ted Koppel is a MORON!! He Is supposed to be a JOURNALIST and SHOULD report the News and Investigate Issues while on the CONTRARY acted More like an OPINION piece and became a PRESSTUITITE DIVISIVE Part of MSM…. has he gone senile are is he finally admitting to be STUPID???

  • Rock

    That is because Hannity has not been fed from the Democrat/liberal mamary his entire Journalist career like Kopple has. Kopple is a braindead puppet, raised and nurtured by the far left. He is not used to seeing/hearing anything but the lefts lying propaganda… REFRESHING isn’t it Ted ?

  • Tiger

    LOLOL too bad that what these people say and what they want doesn’t matter for beans at a steak dinner.

    Like a fog horn in the foggy, foggy dew that is the minds of libs they can’t help but blow.

  • Leslie Woodhull

    NO, Mr. Koppel it is YOU AND YOUR LEFTIST, GLOBALIST, SOCIALIST, LIBERAL AGENDA THAT IS BAD FOR AMERICA!!! SEAN HANNITY, RUSH LIMBAUGH, GLENN BECK ARE WHO’S GOOD FOR AMERICA!!! Sean HANNITY IS A HERO!!! He’s got my support AND A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE HIM AND NOT YOU!!!!

    • Dee

      Well said ! I agree !

    • Mitch Darby

      Ted who? Was he on TV 30 some years ago? I don’t know what show he was on but is he the best they could find to go up against Hannity?

  • Ramon1710 .

    “Koppel told the Fox News host and staunch supporter of President Trump that his brand of opinion-based journalism was harming the country.”
    I assume Koppel isn’t just being a typical leftist hypocrite, and is also lecturing CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and divisive freaks like Madonna, Hoopy Goldberg, Dumash Judd, Cher, Roger Waters, Sally Field, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Will Wheaton, Susan Sarandon, Mr. Sulu, Miley’s Circus, and many others.

    • Retired

      Don’t you know the left is always right no matter how far left they are ??? Koppel is showing his true colors , time for him to stay out of the way for progress by Trump.

  • snl

    Yeah. Only liberals can put their opinions out there and call it news. So obvious!

    • jim

      Your right and they are full of shit themselfs

      • Pete

        The proof of that was a healthcare (Obamacare) that was in fact a stool sample (gotta pass it to see what’s in it). Sadly many on the R side of isle are “progressive lite” instead of conservative. That’s why Ryan tried to put another fed controlled (stool sample) healthcare system in place of the old one.

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        • Lkfeinb

          And exactly what type of healthcare system would you approve of? I would be interested as would the Republicans because it is VERY complicated.
          OR would you rather it go back to the way it used to be with the insurance companies making uncontrolled profits and limiting benefits and people with conditions being rejected.

          • Pete

            Replacing turd “A” with turd “B” is no way to fix healthcare. You need only look as far as the Department of Veterans Affairs efforts at healthcare to see what a federally run health system degenerates into. At last count there were more administrative & support people in the VA health system than there were trained medical professionals. That by any measure is a receipt for failure.

    • Lkfeinb

      This site is sooooooooooo good for you and all the other angry white men and women. Obviously you cannot distinguish between opinion and news yourself.

  • ARJAY

    So, it’s better to HIDE your political opinion/leanings/agenda from the public, ted?!?!

    To make it SOUND like you are UNBIASED!!!!

    We’re PAST that crap, teddie (sp intended).

  • PK

    Goodbye, Koppel! No one cares what you have to say!

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