- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Award-winning journalist Ted Koppel says President Trump is “not mistaken” when it comes to many complaints about modern journalism.

The famous ABC reporter recently sat down for an hourlong discussion at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., when he lamented of “Resistance” reporting and editorial choices by major newspapers.

“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,” Mr. Koppel told an audience March 7, according to video first posted by journalist Nicholas Ballasy and reported on Monday evening by the media watchdog NewsBusters.

“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,” the veteran newsman continued.

Mr. Koppel told co-panelist Marvin Kalb that he was stunned at opinion pieces that run on the front page of newspapers that would have never received such positioning in decades past.

“I turned to my wife [in 2016], and I said The Times is absolutely committed to making sure that this guy does not get elected,” Mr. Koppel said. “So his perception that the establishment press is out to get him doesn’t mean that great journalism is not being done. It is. 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? That’s not said by people who consider themselves reporters, objective reporters of facts,” the journalist continued. “That’s the kind of language that’s used by people who genuinely believe, and I rather suspect with some justification, that Donald Trump is bad for the United States, and they’re betting that the sooner he’s out of office, the better they will like it. Whether that happens by virtue of indictment, impeachment or election, we’ll see. But I disagree with you, Marvin. We are not the reservoir of objectivity that I think we were.”

NewsBusters applauded the commentary.

“Correct, Ted,” writer P.J. Gladnick responded. “Both newspapers were very liberal 50 years ago, but they weren’t the flat out advocates that they are now. Back then they at least made an attempt to present an image of journalistic integrity. Nowadays, they have dropped any pretense of neutrality and placed their opinions square into the news stories.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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