Interviewing Sean Hannity for CBS’s “Sunday Morning” TV show, reporter Ted Koppel told the conservative host that he was “bad for America.
While Koppel admitted that Hannity was a master of his trade, he said, “In the long haul, I think you and all these opinions shows are bad for America; you have attracted people who have determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Hannity disagreed, saying people were smart enough to know the difference between fact and opinion.
“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,” he said.
Well, this comes back around to being a hot topic every few years. In the 80s, you had them talking about Rush Limbaugh and how he was going to drive American conservatives into a frenzy. Then it was Fox News. Then it was Drudge. And now, with Trump’s election, conservative media is once again in the “hot seat,” and we’ll hear all kinds of dire warnings about how it’s turning the country into a hornet’s nest of division.
As for this Koppel jab, how can any liberal anchor like him sit there and say it’s conservatives that put ideology in front of fact? Seriously? Did Koppel miss the whole Ferguson/Baltimore Black Lives Matter fiasco, where every claim was refuted and the media kept – and continues to keep – acting like white cops were brutally murdering young black men for the thrill of it? He must have, because that’s only the tip of the leftist iceberg when it comes to putting ideology before facts.
We can be sure to expect more of this in the weeks and months to come. Democrats have run their “fake news” narrative as far as it will go, and they’ve watched it come back to bite them in the ass. Now they’re skipping the fake stuff and going after the big dogs of conservative media. And when that doesn’t work – when that only draws more people over to the channels and websites they’re trying to demonize – they’ll go find something else to blame for their diminishing power.