Ted Koppel tells Hannity he’s “bad for America”

In a video that’s going viral today, former ABC newsman Ted Koppel tells Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he’s “bad for America.”

Koppel is revered in journalistic circles. Very professional, serious, staid, calm, careful, precise. Slow and steady and tenacious. And Hannity was having a really tough time keeping his mouth shut and letting Koppel speak.

Koppel tells Hannity “you have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than fact.” And Koppel is right.

Hannity later tweeted that everyone was taking the segment out of context. The segment is below, it speaks for itself.

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Ted Koppel.

I appeared with Hannity once, on the Paula Zahn show. It was a train wreck. Hannity can’t stop talking. Just like he tried to do with Koppel, as soon as the conversation contradicts anything Hannity believes, he’ll just bully over you and shut you down. He simply wouldn’t let me respond to anything. Even Zahn couldn’t get Hannity to stop — she had to literally scold that man that it was her show and hot his.

It’s something a lot of conservative pundits do — verbal bulldozering — one almost wonders if they’re taught the technique. You have to be very tenacious to get your turn. But Ted Koppel did.

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  • UncleBucky

    Cowards ALWAYS TALK OVER their victims. Winning victims keep talking despite the over-talking of the bullies who seek to dominate them…

  • basenjilover

    Actually Koppel didn’t tell Hannity he is bad for America, he simply said yes when Hannity asked if he was bad for America. This is my beef with “real” journalists, they stay quiet until asked. However I’m glad he spoke about ideology. Long long past due we stop being passive and “nice” to Faux News propagandists.

  • Demosthenes

    Sean Hannity’s only saving grace is he is an idiot.

  • Dover Bill

    Why did it take this long?

  • Insahannity, Bad for America?

    Truer words were never spoken.

    Let’s hope this destroys his career the way Stewart destroyed Tucker Carlson’s.

  • Heather

    That’s it? I mean, hell yeah! But just the one sentence? Should I assume loud-mouth Hannity interrupted him after that and shut it down?

  • angryspittle

    Hannity is a fucking bully. And therefore a coward.

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