Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel to Brian Stelter: ‘CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump’

CBS contributor and former ABC “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel told CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter that his ratings would “be in toilet” if Donald Trump weren’t president. The dis came during a panel discussion Monday for The National Press Club’s “The Kalb Report” about the state of journalism under President Trump. Mr. Stelter, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, argued that the press is victim of a “hate movement” led by the president, who routinely lambasts CNN as “fake news.” Mr. Koppel said CNN would be nowhere without Mr. Trump. “He has been wonderful for the industry,” Mr. Koppel said. “But that means what?” Mr. Stelter asked. “If ratings are up, that means what?” “It means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel responded. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.” “Ted, you know that’s not true,” Mr. Stelter fired back. “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel continued. “You know that’s not true, you’re playing for laughs,” Mr. Stelter said. “You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know there will be more presidents.” Mr. Koppel asked Mr. Stelter how CNN’s ratings have changed since Mr. Trump took office, to which the “Reliable Sources” host estimated “we might be up 20, we might be up 30 percent, we might be up 40 percent.” He then insisted that it would “OK, too” if those numbers went down, prompting the rest of the panel and the audience to laugh. “I reject the premise that these networks are making so much money off of Trump and thus, we benefit from it,” Mr. Stelter said. Mr. Koppel acknowledged that criticizing CNN in Mr. Stelter’s presence was a “sensitive subject,” so he pointed to MSNBC as also profiting off covering the president’s every move. “Is there a moment of the day when they are not focusing on Donald Trump?” he mused. Mr. Stelter later addressed the exchange on Twitter, saying Mr. Koppel oversimplified the “cyclical” nature of cable news ratings.

Ted just took Brian to the cleaners..    Ted is spot on here.  CNN and MSNBC would be totally lost without their pathological fixation on President Trump.  To see this exchange, click on the text above.  Great job Ted!     🙂

Hannity: Ted Koppel and CBS are bad for America – not me

It all started three weeks ago, when I agreed to do an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” and their special contributor, Ted Koppel. The interview lasted well over 45 minutes, and we discussed in great detail why there’s such a great divide in America in politics and in media. In my honest opinion, the exchange was a substantive give-and-take, worthwhile for any audience to see. But what the audience saw was a distorted fraction of that discussion. “Honestly, I think liberalism has to be defeated,” I told the veteran newsman. “Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. This is not a — we don’t want a revolution in this country.” “Well, what more do you want?” he replied. “You’ve got the White House, you’ve got the House … you’ve got the Senate.” “And then we have angry snowflakes and then we’ve got a Democratic establishment,” I answered. “I say the press in this country is out to destroy this president. “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,” I added. I noticed Koppel was looking skeptical, and I said so. “I am cynical because,” he said, “you know…” I knew where this was going. “You think we’re bad for America?” I asked. “You think I’m bad for America?” “Yes,” he said, before proceeding to insult me and my TV, radio and Web audiences with this fine piece of objective reporting: “You have people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.” Wow. One minute and 10 seconds from a 45-minute interview, and he basically called me a liar. He doesn’t like opinion shows, but he’s certainly free with his opinion. I guess people like Ted Koppel feel the American people can’t distinguish between opinion and news. That’s kind of like Obama, remember? He said people clinging to their God, guns and religion. Or Hillary Clinton who said we were ignorant, irredeemable deplorables. Now, beyond this interview being a total waste of my time, it is a flagrant example of what I call “edited fake news.” Remember, CBS News is the former home of Dan Rather. Remember him? He was forced to resign after reporting an inflammatory fake news story about President George W. Bush. Rather used fake documents to bolster his story. CBS News is also the former home of Sharyl Attkisson. She was marginalized and stonewalled, and they wouldn’t show a lot of her investigative journalism into President Obama and his administration. Is that agenda-driven? And now CBS has produced a package taking shots at me all while prominently displaying their dishonesty, their bias and total hypocrisy here for every viewer to see. Koppel’s interview with me wasn’t about substance. It wasn’t about getting my real opinion. The story was written long before he walked into our studio at Fox. I was just used as a prop to advance his narrative, which is why so little of the interview was actually used. That is “edited fake news.” Other networks — they play the same game and they have for many years. It is time to expose this for what it really is: Cheap shot attacks in the name of, quote, “journalism,” all to advance their biased agenda. What Ted was really asking is this: Are our opinion shows bad for America? He thinks they are. We know, because he gave his own opinion. He did exactly what he said is bad for America. I express my opinion because I am a talk show host and commentator. I claim to be no more, no less. But Ted Koppel? He thinks he’s down-the-middle, fair and balanced. A real journalist. That’s the difference between me and Ted Koppel. I’m honest with my audience. He is not. But if CBS and Ted Koppel want to prove they have at least a shred of honesty, there is one thing they could do. They could post on the Internet the entire, unedited footage of the interview. Let Americans see the footage they didn’t want to air, and the public can decide. Until they do, it is Ted Koppel and his “edited fake news” cronies who are bad for America.

This is a follow up to the story posted earlier (scroll down 4 articles)..and is Sean’s assessment of what happened.  To be sure, Ted Koppel, the former ABC “Nightline” host is clearly a self-righteous, elitist, entrenched member of the dominantly liberal mainstream media who has no use for alternative news.  He was from the era of the three big networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC)..  And now, there are cable news outlets, talk radio, and God-forbid…the internet.   In other words, there is competition.  So, those three no longer have total control of the information that is available to we-the-consumer.  And, to Ted, that’s “bad for America.”  On the flip side..  Sean was a sucker for having allowed himself to be a “useful idiot” for Ted.  Rush Limbaugh was offered the same opportunity to be interviewed for Ted’s hit piece, but was smart enough to turn Ted down as he saw what Ted, and CBS, were up to.

Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You Are ‘Bad for America’

On this weekend’s broadcast of CBS’s “Sunday Morning” during a segment about the polarized media landscape in America, an exchange by CBS contributor Ted Koppel and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity was featured that Koppel said Hannity was “bad for America.” Koppel suggested he was skeptical that the American public and more specifically Hannity’s viewers could differentiate an opinion show and a news show. He added that it was bad over the “long haul” because the audiences Hannity and others are reaching are more concerned with ideology than facts. Partial transcript as follows: HANNITY: 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. You’re cynical. KOPPEL: I am cynical. HANNITY: Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America? KOPPEL: Yeah. HANNITY: You do? Really? KOPPEL: In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows — HANNITY: That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad. KOPPEL: No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential — HANNITY: You are selling the American people short. KOPPEL: No, let me finish the sentence before you do that. HANNITY: I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor. KOPPEL: You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts. Later after the segment aired, Hannity challenged CBS News in a tweet to release the entire interview.

Wow..  At least Ted is honest about where he stands..and has exposed himself for what he believes..  To see a video of this exchange, click on the text above.