‘I think they’re sticking with politics a little too much…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A former legendary ABC anchor hit back at CNN host Brian Stelter this week, telling him CNN’s ratings “would be in the toilet” if Donald Trump wasn’t president.
Ted Koppel, the longtime host of ABC’s “Nightline,” put Stelter on the spot during a Monday panel discussion on “The Kalb Report,” saying Trump “has been wonderful for the [media] industry.”
Stelter became defensive, arguing that the media is more complex than just Trump coverage.
“That means what?” Stelter asked Koppel. “If ratings are up, that means what?”
Koppel responded: “The ratings are up, it means you can’t do without Donald Trump. You would be lost without Donald Trump.”
“Ted, you know that’s not true,” Stelter said. “You’re playing for laughs. You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know. There will be more presidents.”
Koppel pointed to CNN’s ratings before and after the 2016 presidential election, which Stelter admitted had grown 20 to 40 percent since Trump was elected.
“If we go back down 40 percent, that’s OK too,” Stelter said. “I reject the premise that these networks are making so much money off of Trump and thus, we benefit from it.”
I admire Koppel, but I think the cable news biz is a lot more complex than he makes it seem. Ratings rise, ratings fall. Stories come, stories go. It’s important to cover Trump and it’s important to cover what comes next. https://t.co/GViF1ffb6p
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 3, 2018
CNN founder Ted Turner recently commented on CNN’s anti-Trump strategy, saying the network he founded in 1980 would be served better by “a more balanced agenda.”
“I think they’re sticking with politics a little too much,” Turner said of CNN on “CBS Sunday Morning,” according to The Hill.
Former CBs, ABC and CNN political analyst Jeff Greenfield agreed with Turner on Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.
“I have to say this, quite bluntly, to a CNN anchor,” Greenfield told Stelter. “When I look at CNN, hour after hour I see panels rather than reporting, exchanging opinions, the overwhelming majority of which on this network I regard as quite critical or hostile to Trump.”