Ted Koppel just hit the media industrial complex where it hurts with a blistering takedown. It always hits hardest when it comes from an insider, from one who knows the game rather than an outsider.
Because they can discredit the outsider. They can do no such thing with hall of fame broadcaster Ted Koppel.
His message is quite devastating for the biased media as he drags out a long suspected skeleton from their closet and exposes it for all the world to see. There is no going back after this.
“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,” he said. “We’re talking about organizations that I believe have, in fact, decided as organizations that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States.”
He continued, explaining the change.
“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,” said Koppel.
He referred to the coverage during the campaign of Trump’s infamous comments on the Access Hollywood tape, and his reaction upon seeing the story for the first time in the NYT. “I turned to my wife and I said, the Times is absolutely committed to making sure that this guy does not get elected,” he said.
“So his perception that the establishment press is out to get him–doesn’t mean that great journalism is not being done. It is,” he added. “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.”
That is a pretty heavy criticism, particularly considering the context and subject of the discussion, the venue, the person with whom he was speaking, and his career as a respected journalist and broadcaster.