Sean Hannity eviscerated Ted Koppel after the 77-year-old retired news anchor used just 70 seconds from a 45-minute interview for a highly edited segment on CBS Sunday Morning.
In his opening monologue Monday, Hannity said Koppel used him as a “prop” to advance his narrative slamming conservative news shows like his. Hannity called Koppel’s segment “edited fake news.”
In the edited CBS News piece, Koppel told Hannity that opinion programs like his are “bad for America” because he attracts audiences who believe “ideology is more important than facts.”
On Monday, Hannity challenged CBS to air the entire, unedited 45-minute interview on its website (which is common practice for news shows that air only snippets from long interviews).
Hannity said CBS News edited out parts where he spotlighted CBS’ leftist bias, citing Dan Rather and CBS News president David Rhodes (the brother of top Obama adviser Ben Rhodes) as examples.
Hannity also trashed CBS for routinely ignoring stories that painted Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a bad light:
That’s the difference, Ted, between me and you. I’m honest with my audience. I don’t pretend that I’m fair and balanced and objective. You do.
If you really cared about truth in journalism, how can you work for a network that only tells one side of the story? How can I be bad for America when I’m offering the American people news and information nightly that your own network will not touch because they have an agenda?
Hannity called Koppel hypocritical for claiming he’s a hard-news journalist when he’s nothing more than a leftist hack masquerading as a “journalist.”
“You exposed yourself as agenda-driven [and] hypocritical,” Hannity said. “If you have the courage, release the entire unedited footage. Let America decide.”
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