During a segment about “polarized” America, CBS’s Sunday Morning contributor Ted Koppel and Fox News host, Sean Hannity sparred.
Koppel told Hannity “you’re bad for America.”
Ted then went on to say that Hannity’s “influence” was bad over the long run because his viewers care more about ideology than facts.
Has Ted watched CNN lately?
Partial transcript as follows:
HANNITY: 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: I am cynical.
HANNITY: Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?
HANNITY: You do? Really?
KOPPEL: In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows —
HANNITY: That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.
KOPPEL: No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential —
HANNITY: You are selling the American people short.
KOPPEL: No, let me finish the sentence before you do that.
HANNITY: I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor.
KOPPEL: You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 26, 2017