Like Martin Luther King said, “the arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.” Along the way, there are moments where we can actually see the shift… even just a little bit.
Sean Hannity’s interview with Ted Koppel might be remembered as one of those moments where a legitimate journalist told a right wing propagandist just what a dangerous hack he his.
On a report focusing on politics and the media in the Age of Trump, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” special contributor Ted Koppel charged Fox News’ Sean Hannity with contributing to the proliferation of ignorance in America.
“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. “You’re cynical.”
“I am cynical,” said Koppel.
“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
“You do? Really?”
“In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows –”
“That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.”
“No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential –”
“You are selling the American people short.”
“No, let me finish the sentence before you do that.”
“I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor.”
“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Hannity defended himself and his indefensible network by insisting that in between working three uniquely American low paying, no benefit, no security jobs, the American people are supposed to do HANNITY’S job as well. They’re supposed to hire their own staff, research team, and go around double-checking whether the “fair and balanced” so-called news channel is actually telling them truth. Given the fact that people who watch Fox New are less informed than those who watch no news at all, it’s safe to say they’re not devoting as much time to researching Hannity’s bullshit than they are to trying to keep a roof over their heads.
Koppel’s dose of reality also got under his skin so much, Hannity immediately took to Twitter and went on a day-long diatribe about “fake news,” challenging CBS to release the “unedited” version of the interview. Though, America doesn’t need a 45 minute interview with Ted Koppel to know what a pathetic right wing propagandist Sean Hannity is.
Hannity got busy with his sad little fingers and rained charged of “fake news” down upon the internet.
This is how the internet responded:
Unfortunately, Ted Koppel’s words weren’t nearly as strong as they needed to be, but they were a step in the right direction. We will know this country is on the right track when every Fox News segment is automatically accompanied by a laugh track.
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