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Former Washington Journalist
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While not using Donald Trump’s more vitriolic rhetoric, veteran TV anchor and journalist Ted Koppel surprisingly is sounding much the same theme when it comes to today’s press, particularly the contemporary editions of The New York Times and The Washington Post.
“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,” said Koppel, who rose to prominence four decades ago, running a nightly report on ABC of the American hostage crisis in Iran which later would become the highly watched newsmagazine program, Nightline, until its cancellation in 2005. Presently, Koppel is credited as a contributor to the CBS News Sunday morning program. In his career, Koppel has won many awards, including a number of Emmy Awards.
“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 continued. “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. 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,” Koppel allowed. “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. What does that mean?”