Speaking directly to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on the CBS Sunday Morning show, veteran liberal journalist Ted Koppel claimed it’s the conservative media that’s to blame for dividing the country.
“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 said to a doubtful Koppel. “You're cynical.”
“I am cynical,” Koppel agreed.
“You think we’re bad for America?” Hannity asked.
“Yeah,” Koppel answered. “You know why? Because you're very good at what you do and because you have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Thankfully, Newsbusters gave a few examples of Koppel’s bias over the years — a bias he apparently doesn’t think exists in the mainstream media:
"When you say he's 'a good and decent man,' I don't know him that well personally myself, I have no way of judging one way or the other. But I must tell you I often listen to him when I'm driving into work, and what I hear on the radio is frequently — I don't want to say hateful, that's going a little too far — but he says and does things on the radio that are so disparaging of homosexuals, African-Americans, the homeless. As I say, I think it's clearly part of the act, but it's not gentlemanly, it's not kind."
— ABC's Ted Koppel on Nightline Oct. 2 2003, rejecting talk show host G. Gordon Liddy's description of Limbaugh.
"Let us not for a moment be confused into believing that this is only a conservative Republican thing, this business of some people feeling threatened by smart, assertive, professional women....Women who speak their minds in public are still swimming upstream in this country."
— Ted Koppel opening Nightline, August 18, 1992.
Ted Koppel: "There were some fairly contentious issues and he was a fairly controversial President - we've more or less overlooked much of that over the past week. But I suspect as his friends and supporters try to raise to him to the very heights there, and perhaps find a place for him on Mount Rushmore, that some of that controversy and some of the debate will come back."
Peter Jennings: "No doubt about it."
— Exchange during ABC's live coverage of Reagan funeral events about 7:45pm EDT on June 11, 2004.
Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell tweeted this about the partisan journalist:
“Increasingly we Americans occupy alternate universes,” Koppel said. “There is very little common ground left. Only battling perceptions of reality. Neither side seems to have much use for the other and in this age of the internet and cable TV, very little is out of bounds.”
“There are legions driving the country further and further apart,” Koppel added without the slightest hint that he, too, may have been a cog in the wheel that helped drive a wedge in the middle of America.