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Segment tonight legendary broadcaster Ted Koppel not a big fan a cable news in fact he thinks it has harmed journalism in America writing in the Washington Post Koppel -- quote.
The commercial success of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for me.
-- can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers and a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases the trend is not good for the republic -- quote.
The big mistake mr.
Koppel is making is putting me your humble correspondent in that category of speaking to the choir I don't you know.
So I had to -- there's a couple of that I spoke with him a couple of weeks ago.
So why don't you -- for the vast factor audience your beef.
With me and Fox News.
What should be.
I don't have a beef would you.
I really don't.
Let me modify that but I think there -- times when you are.
What's the phrase your life so much and bold and fresh and fresh -- humanity sometimes a little too bold sometimes a little too fresh sometimes a little too.
Of allowing people to complete an answer the exact does that offend your resume doesn't offend me defensemen when -- -- to -- defends you when you.
Warn you why it over people which you have a tendency to -- But I only do it when they filibuster.
Or when they lie -- as Barney Frank did that one time I don't do it.
When that somebody is sincerely trying to answer my question it's not like it used to be.
Fifteen years ago there was me crying need.
Foreign net worth of focused more on conservative issues.
-- has done.
MSNBC has -- come along and try to do.
Required not because -- so the need for an ideological balance but because -- so the balance sheet.
Yeah fun internship but it kicked it is a big difference between Fox News and MSNBC -- know what that differences term.
-- but do you know what it is time I'm asking you what do you think -- -- you can see you don't know what it I don't know what it.
We actually do hard news here from 9 in the morning until five in the afternoon.
Eight hours our news we're all right MSNBC doesn't do one -- -- news it's all.
Let's push the liberal democratic agenda from sign on to sign off.
So this is a news agency here funny I don't think anyone who's going to be confused.
As to the ideological belief.
Of most of the people who appear on fox I think that's grossly unfair to the hard news reports.
OK if you look at our bureau system and the people we have reporting these network is more traditional I think that's a fair term.
Then the other network news and and they give weight to people -- commentators and people say higher now if you look at all of the journalists and we -- Content come down if you want -- rather.
Kron kite so all left wing guys all of fun for and you know that -- I would you would thank you moved -- You didn't know what -- from office if you -- I hated nobody knew or get it CBS news -- Well knew that -- worked there you may have known what he was off camera which you didn't know what he was armed with decisions were made about personnel story coverage and point of view.
Cronkite and Brokaw and rather through work committed -- -- you're.
I don't think you really have to fear that much I was at ABC and hired -- -- about you you want to be interfere.
You warrant Ken Jennings wasn't either Jason -- all that ideology he didn't know you know that's -- -- -- his name Argo.
Our brother you're criticized him because your compliments or or more damaging -- morning and I -- -- the sheriff's -- -- -- I mean bill what is -- -- think.
That I have said about the network forward notebook.
You'd think that we call rough did the sanctity.
Of fair news coverage Chinese think that's what I -- -- -- -- ideal launch of full coverage of the news beard of the rolling it will be -- of the left.
Has created any political reality in this country which is bad for America.
I'm thinking it's made it difficult if not impossible.
For decent men and women.
In congress on Capitol Hill to -- -- chrome -- And find compromise it's funny little -- and if we can't do that Phil.
We're going to be in the -- and we have been I think for the last few years.
It made terrible situation in this country were politically.
We can't make deals to your -- in me and.
Fox News Channel for the deterioration.
I'm not congress if they don't have enough guts.
Two to do what's best for the country.
All right -- -- deserve to be there you can't be on top for as long as a Fox News and channel has been on top.
And sell a product that's inferior or dishonest it's impossible in this country.
So therefore I want you to reevaluate our network watch a little bit more and then -- -- -- about a year the last -- The last word is.
How many people -- watching the function -- -- could turn -- program.
We're two Republican in the afternoon or 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
-- I don't know how many people -- -- -- do you work for an average you know we have millions of people you wildness on general sign on -- But you do not have millions of people watching -- -- in the morning or noon or one in the afternoon the millions of people are watching you.
And -- and better for the millions she pulled a horrible action that was a group where this particular.
-- all the -- the country works that's the free marketplace that's the free market players.
I'm perfectly content to leave them there no.
It's a business and that's operating as a business.
And once upon a time you and I actually thought journalism -- -- call.
But I still think that I'm doing something noble.
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