Ted Koppel Blasts a Cowering Bill O’Reilly During Fox News Interview (Video)

Most of us know that Fox News is nothing but a conservative entertainment network. While there are a few moments where the network produces actual news, it’s predominantly an entertainment network masquerading as a legitimate source of factual information.

Since its inception, Fox News has driven the Republican party further to the right because stirring up fear, anger, negativity and hostility is better for business. You’re not going to make much money being middle of the road, impartial and practical. To be a ratings leader – which Fox News is – you have to sell fear, hate, anger and propaganda… nearly all the time. You have to indoctrinate people by pandering to what they want to hear, whether or not what you’re telling them is actually true.

This is exactly what’s happened. The Republican party is now propped up by people who couldn’t care less about truth or facts. They just want people to tell them what they want to hear. That’s how someone like Donald Trump has become the overwhelming Republican frontrunner for president. He’s essentially the living embodiment of the conservative media running for the highest office in our nation.

Well, during an interview with Ted Koppel, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly brought up Donald Trump, mentioning how difficult he is to interview, and asked the former ABC news anchor how he might handle “The Donald.”

Koppel didn’t pull any punches and essentially blamed the rise of Trump on people like Bill O’Reilly. Journalists who’ve sold their souls by sacrificing journalistic ethics and integrity for the sake of entertainment and money.

“You and I have talked about this general subject many times over the years. It’s irrelevant how I would do it,” Koppel said. “You know who made it irrelevant? You did. You have changed the television landscape over the past 20 years. You took it from being objective and dull to subjective and entertaining. And in this current climate, it doesn’t matter what the interviewer asks him; Mr. Trump is gonna say whatever he wants to say, as outrageous as it may be.”

After Koppel said this, uncharacteristically, O’Reilly cowered down. Usually the Fox News host would try to fire back at someone who had just slammed him the way Koppel did – but not this time. O’Reilly sat there, took it – didn’t jab Koppel back – then basically acted like it didn’t happen by continuing to press the former anchor as to how he would handle interviewing someone like Trump.

While it was subtle, looking at O’Reilly’s reaction after Koppel said what he did spoke volumes. Because he knows what Koppel said was absolutely true. Fox News puts people like Bill O’Reilly on during their peak viewership hours, not to inform people of the news – but to entertain them. To pander to the audience and to tell them what they want to hear. What Koppel basically did was call O’Reilly nothing but an entertainer and a fake journalist on live television.

And the best part about it was, looking at the way Bill O’Reilly reacted to Ted Koppel’s comments, you could tell the Fox News host knew he was right.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:

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  • Koppel makes clear that Trump has never really been interviewed by anybody, since that would involve answering questions, or at least a good faith two-way conversation, neither of which Trump has any interest in.

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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Koppel just destroyed him….but was very professional about it. I applaud him for not really saying everything he thought about how Faux and O’really have destroyed America and political discourse here. Facts are no longer relevant to conservatives because Faux has never dealt in facts, only opinions. It isn’t about truth or reporting to Faux, only wins and losses.

    • Jim Bean

      You’re out of your ever-loving mind. O’Reilly was civil, respectful, polite, and tactful while Koppel was arrogant, condescending, non-objective, impolite, and abrasive.

      The Left lost the ability to shape the ‘truth’ 10 years ago and they are still inconsolable, you and Koppel included. Narcissists like Koppel are always going berate people who dare to challenge them.

      • The Klandidate

        Sure Jim…..It seriously looked like Bill was going to cry because his idol just de-pantsed him. The right lost touch with reality 20 years ago when right wing conspiracies and hatred found a voice on TV in the form of Fox “News”. Conservatives no longer listen to empirical evidence. It only matters how they “feel” about something, and that is now somehow the truth. Their “feelings”. SMH The dumbing down of the right wing is complete and on display at every GOP sanctioned event. Name calling, protestors being punched, kicked, pushed, called racial slurs and not one intelligent thought among any of them. You fit right in.

      • Troy Vincent

        I agree and in some debates he has skirted questions, but he does have very definite plans, and much more than fluff as Kommunist I mean Koppel said.
        Koppel can cop a feel on Obama as far as I’m concerned. Trump has a seven point plan on insurance after he repeals Obamacare, and a five point plan on immigration. Both very good plans. However the health plan is not a replacement for Obamacare it’s just some helpful laws to bring down insurance costs. One of the good things it does is deductibles become 100% tax deductible.

  • gerula

    that redneck retard is comparing donald trump with Bernie Sanders in terms of substance. How low can you go as a pretend journalist?

  • Jon Beachkofski

    I saw no cowering. He simply said “OK” and repeated his question.

  • gnir

    Your headline was click bait. They had a nice “back and forth” … there was no cowering … Your headline and commentary vs. watching it for myself were totally different. You are just as bad as the rest of “them”.

  • Esther Wamaitha

    Bill finally frazzled.