If there was an official fan club for President Donald Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity would definitely be at its helm.
The conservative political analyst has been one of the biggest media advocates for the new administration, brazenly defending the commander-in-chief and his young government, most of his arguments bordering on absurd. In order to protect himself from criticism, he has insisted, “I’m not a journalist, I’m a talk show host.”
However, when Hannity joined Ted Koppel on "CBS Sunday Morning" for a discussion on political polarization in the American media, the veteran journalist was quick to let him know what most Americans think about him: He’s hurting America.
"We have to give some credit to the American people that they are somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show," Hannity began, before accusing Koppel of being cynical, which he agreed he was.
"You think we're bad for America? You think I'm bad for America?" Hannity asked, feigning disbelief.
Koppel’s answer was clipped and eloquent.
"Yeah," he calmly responded, as Hannity continued to interrupt, pout and raise his voice, visibly wounded up with the turn of events.
He even went as far as to dub the former "Nightline" anchor’s conclusion “sad.”
“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts," Koppel finally said.
He also expressed concern over how extreme voices on both side of aisle were “driving the country further and further apart” and asked Hannity why he was pushing a “highly partisan agenda.”
“Honestly, I think liberalism has to be defeated. Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. We don’t want a revolution in this country.”
The conservative radio host later took to Twitter to claim CBS misrepresented him.
Funny behind the scenes After I answered the first question, Ted said "none of that will air". So I kept saying "Ted u need to keep this in" https://t.co/137pQ8GfLC— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 26, 2017
However, the clip had already spread like wildfire on social media.
The reaction on Twitter pretty much sums it all up.
Sean Hannity: You think I'm bad for America?— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 26, 2017
Ted Koppel: Yeah.
Sean Hannity: (Smirks, pouts, interrupts, quotes Breitbart)
Ted Koppel for the win.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 26, 2017
Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: “You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts." Game, set, match.— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) March 26, 2017
The best part about the Ted Koppel/ Sean Hannity interview is that Sean really thought Ted would call him "a true journalist".— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 26, 2017
Sean Hannity debating Ted Koppel about real journalism is like a 5-year-old debating his dad about the rules of the house.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 26, 2017
Ted Koppel just came out of retirement to tell @seanhannity exactly what he needed to hear. Sean, you're not doing America any favors.— Sabra Berger (@SabraBerger) March 26, 2017
I love how Ted Koppel doesn't have to raise his voice to command this conversation. https://t.co/d4MR2luVYg— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) March 26, 2017
That face you make when Ted Koppel explains your entire career is based on lies and conspiracies and you're a blight on American journalism: pic.twitter.com/scES1F2yih— beth can't with this (@bourgeoisalien) March 26, 2017
Ah, here's the unedited version of Sean Hannity's rebuttal to Ted Koppel pic.twitter.com/BW39cEitMF— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 26, 2017
Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity... pic.twitter.com/Pk2padNGWl— Jonny Loquasto (@JQuasto) March 26, 2017
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