Yesterday during the CBS’s “Sunday Morning” broadcast Ted Koppel interviewed Fox News host Sean Hannity where they had a contentious exchange on the current divisive nature of media. In what amounts to a cheap shot from the editing room, the interview appears to end with Koppel calling Hannity “bad for America.” Hannity understandably upset took to social media challenging CBS to release the full interview and not just the edited version. If the shot at Hannity and by extension his millions of views were not enough, the interview puts on display the level of contempt that many in mainstream media have for ordinary Americans over whom leftist media types like Koppel have lost control.
In perhaps the most revealing portion of the interview Hannity states, “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 responds, “I am cynical.” And here you have it. In Koppel’s world view most Americans are unable to tell the difference between opinion journalism and what he considers fact based journalism. The problem is many of the mainstream media organizations have been agenda driven for many years. I can watch Sean Hannity and I know exactly what I am going to get out of his show because he is upfront and unabashed about his conservative viewpoint. He never calls himself a journalist. Contrast this with shows on CNN, MSNBC or even CBS that are mainstream media outlets that present themselves as unbiased gatekeepers of the truth who all the time keep hoping that we are just too stupid to notice the rampant left leaning bias of their programming.
Ted Koppel’s problem isn’t that the American people are too stupid to tell the difference between opinion and fact, it is quite the opposite. His problem is that Americans see both sides spinning stories to suit their particular needs with the Conservative side being upfront about their political views while the other presents opinion journalism dressed up as neutral reporting. When you keep trying to sell someone that Grandma is in the bed, but everyone can clearly see that it is a wolf you are going to lose credibility for your intellectual dishonestly. No Koppel is not morning for Americans, but the lost of credibility that he and his colleagues have suffered and with it their ability to control public opinion and shape the narrative.
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