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Media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome So Bad, Ted Koppel Is Complaining

Posted on | March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome So Bad, Ted Koppel Is Complaining


Readers under 40 may need to be reminded who Ted Koppel is, but he used to be a pretty important TV news guy:

Iconic news anchor and former “Nightline” host Ted Koppel recently fired a shot across the bow at the mainstream media — particularly the New York Times and the Washington Post — saying that President Donald Trump’s perception that the “liberal media” is “out to get him” is not without merit.
“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,” Koppel noted to journalist and author Marvin Kalb earlier this month. “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.”
Koppel added that “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.”
The legendary anchor recalled the infamous Trump “grab them by the p***y” audio hitting the news cycle a month before the 2016 election and told the audience, “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. I turned to my wife and I said, ‘The Times is absolutely committed to making sure that this guy does not get elected.'”

(Hat-tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)


Koppel is not a right-winger of any kind, but he became famous hosting Nightline during the Iran hostage crisis, which was the historic nadir of American prestige. Koppel saw Jimmy Carter lose to Ronald Reagan, whom every liberal believed was certain to be a disaster as president, but who instead became one of the greatest presidents in American history. All that is to say, Koppel knows that liberals can be wrong — and wrong in very important ways — which probably explains his concerns about the liberal media’s current anti-Trump rage.



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