This week’s rendition of CBS Sunday Morning, journalist Ted Koppel sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity to discuss the highly polarizing political climate in the U.S.
Koppel maintains that it’s the extreme voices on both the left and the right that are “driving the country further and further apart.” Of course, Koppel sees Hannity as one of those extreme voices, which led him to ask why he insists on pushing a “highly partisan agenda” on his show on Fox News.
That’s when Hannity threw down, blaming liberals for the problems America’s current problems:
‘Honestly, I think liberalism has to be defeated. Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. We don’t want a revolution in this country. ‘
Koppel then proceeded to ask Hannity just what more the GOP wants, after all, they already control the White House, the House, and the Senate. That’s when Hannity responded, saying:
‘We have angry snowflakes. And then we’ve got a Democratic establishment. I say the press in this country is out to destroy this president.’
He then went on to discuss how his show on Fox News fits into the current political landscape, adding:
‘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.’
But Koppel remained unconvinced, and Hannity caught on, adding, “You’re cynical. Look at that.”
Koppel didn’t try to hide the fact, either, “I am cynical,” he shot back.
That was enough to offend Hannity, though, prompting him to ask, “You think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
Koppel didn’t hesitate before saying, “Yeah, because you’re very good at what you do. And you have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Clearly offended Hannity said:
‘Really? That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.’
The segment, called “A Polarized America,” cites a new Pew Research Study which found that a shocking 81 percent of Americans can’t seem to agree on “basic facts.”
Koppel also pointed out that back in 1987, when the Federal Communications Commission decided to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required television and radio showers to present viewpoints from each side of the political spectrum.
Watch the heated conversation unfold below, via YouTube:
Feature Image via YouTube screengrab.