Longtime ABC News liberal Ted Koppel recently had to admit that President Donald Trump is right, the media is “out to get” him.
Koppel recently appeared with Marvin Kalb at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to sit for questions on the state of journalism and some of what he says rips the mask off the left-wing “news” establishment to reveal the ugly partisanship beneath, Newsbusters reported.
Koppel was asked about the media landscape and he lamented that too many have chosen sides and have given up even the slightest pretense of being fair and balanced.
Especially when it comes to the newspaper biz:
I’m terribly concerned that when you talk about the New York Times these days, when you talk about the Washington Post these days, we’re not talking about the New York Times of 50 years ago. We are not talking about the Washington Post of 50 years ago. We’re talking about organizations that I believe have, in fact, decided as organizations that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States.
No doubt Koppel is mostly correct there. While both papers have always been liberal, it has only been in the last few decades that both have completely thrown away even the thinest of veneers of objectivity.
We have things appearing on the front page of the New York Times right now that never would have appeared 50 years ago. Analysis, commentary on the front page. I remember sitting at the breakfast table with my wife during the campaign after the Access Hollywood tape came out and the New York Times, and I will not offend any of you here by using the language but you know exactly what words were used and they were spelled out on the front page of the New York Times.
Of course, the truth is, the whole of the mainstream media complex is no different than the two papers Koppel focused on.
But then Koppel went on to put a fine point on it:
I turned to my wife and I said the Times is absolutely committed to making sure that this guy does not get elected. So his perception that the establishment press is out to get him doesn’t mean that great journalism is not being done. It is. But the notion that most of us look upon Donald Trump as being an absolute fiasco, he’s not mistaken in that perception and he’s not mistaken when so many of the liberal media, for example, described themselves as belonging to the Resistance.
“We are not the reservoir of objectivity that I think we were,” he said to conclude the segment.
This is all right on. And it is amazing that a liberal lion like Koppel would admit all this.
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