Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity, To His Face, That He’s Bad For America

Veteran journalist Ted Koppel did not hold back from letting Fox News’ Sean Hannity know how his biased views are hurting the country.

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.”

Hannity’s response:

“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.

However, the clip had already spread like wildfire on social media.

The reaction on Twitter pretty much sums it all up.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Mike Segar

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