- The Washington Times - Monday, March 27, 2017

Fox News host Sean Hannity is demanding CBS News release his entire interview with veteran journalist Ted Koppel on “Sunday Morning,” after Mr. Koppel said Mr. Hannity’s show was “bad for America.”

Mr. Hannity said his 45-minute interview with Mr. Koppel was unfairly edited down to less than two, and that many of the points he made didn’t make it into the broadcast.

In the segment that aired, Mr. Hannity argued that the American people were smart enough to distinguish between opinion shows and news shows. Mr. Koppel said he didn’t think that was the case.

“Do you think we’re bad for America?” Mr. Hannity asked. “You think I’m bad for America?”

“Yeah,” Mr. Koppel responded. “In the long haul, I think you and all these opinion shows are.”

“That’s sad, Ted,” Mr. Hannity interjected. “That’s sad.”

Mr. Koppel went on to claim that Mr. Hannity’s audience is “determined that ideology is more important than facts.”

The short exchange went viral on social media, prompting Mr. Hannity to fire off a series of tweets in his defense.

“Fake ‘edited’ news,” the Fox host wrote. “I did about a 45 minute interview with CBS. They ran less than 2. Why did Ted cut out my many examples of media bias?”

“I gave a example after example of why I say ‘journalism is dead,’” he added. “I also gave many examples of how liberalism has failed.”

Mr. Hannity tweeted CBS News directly, asking for his full interview to be released.

“‘Fake Edited News’ @CBSNews release the Unedited 45 minute interview so people can see the BS games you play in the edit room. I dare you!” he wrote.

“If you pay attention Ted was saying ALL opinion shows are bad for America. But he was saying this while giving us HIS OPINION #hypocrisy,” he continued. “I should thank @CBSNews for providing me the opportunity to unmask ‘The Anatomy of Edited Fake News!’ Stay tuned.”

Mr. Hannity signaled that he would be addressing the issue further on his show Monday night.

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