Ted Koppel had some surprisingly frank things to say regarding the press and Democrats when it comes to President Trump. The veteran news anchor appeared on a panel discussion at The National Press Club’s “The Kalb Report” this week, and some moments were testy.
Koppel unabashedly confessed that Trump “has been wonderful for the [media] industry.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter jumped in at this point, demanding to know, “But that means what? If ratings are up, that means what?”
“It means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel responded. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.”
“Ted, you know that’s not true,” Mr. Stelter shot back.
“CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel continued.
“You know that’s not true, you’re playing for laughs,” Mr. Stelter said. “You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know there will be more presidents.”
Koppel pressed the point further by asking Stelter how much their ratings had increased since Trump took office. The CNN host was forced to admit, “we might be up 20, we might be up 30 percent, we might be up 40 percent,” but quickly pronounced, “If we go back down 40 percent, that’s OK, too,” producing laughter from the audience.
To this moderator Marvin Kalb noted, “Well, it may not be OK,” resulting in further chuckles.
Following the panel discussion, PJ Media asked Mr. Koppel about Juanita Brodderick last week pointing out that when she accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her, her sworn testimony was ignored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
“It’s true. I think it’s a very legitimate point. What do I think? It depends on whose ox is gored, right? It all depends on where you’re coming from on the political spectrum,” he said, going on to add, “Back then, you had an awful lot of feminists who were supporting Bill Clinton openly, against the interests of people whom he had clearly violated. You know, politics — the shoe’s on the other foot.”
Koppel was the anchor of ABC’s Nightline at the time of the Clinton impeachment hearings. It’s worth noting that Feinstein and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), both of whom are currently serving on the Judiciary Committee, voted against Clinton’s impeachment.