Longtime ABC news anchor Ted Koppel presented a piece today on CBS Sunday Morning on the great divide in politics during the Age of Trump. The CBS senior contributor spoke to a number of different people in politics and media to get a feel for how Americans now live in alternative universes and realities when it comes to politics.
One of those folks he talked to was none other than Fox News host and unapologetic Trump supporter Sean Hannity.
Koppel got a feel for Hannity’s position right away when the conservative commentator pointed out why he has promoted Trump endlessly on his program while pushing forth a specific agenda on a nightly basis.
“Honestly, I think liberalism has to be defeated,” the Fox host said. “Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. We don’t want a revolution in this country.”
When asked what more he wants now that the Republicans Party controls both chambers of Congress and the White House, Hannity stated that “angry snowflakes” and the media are “out to destroy this president,” expressing concern that the power may not last long.
After Koppel highlighted Rush Limbaugh’s role in creating these separate political realities, as well as the Fairness Doctrine going away in the late ’80s, they aired a portion of the veteran newsman’s discussion with Hannity where he told the firebrand what he thought of his program.
“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 noted. “You’re cynical.”
With Koppel responding he was indeed cynical, Hannity asked the ex-ABC anchor if he thought he was bad for America.
“Yeah,” Koppel replied. When Hannity said that was “sad,” Koppel explained it was due to Hannity being good at what he does and that he’s “attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Watch the entire segment below, via CBS News:
CORRECTION: Originally, we had Koppel listed as a former CBS anchor. He in fact is an ex-ABC anchor.