Journalism legend Ted Koppel mocked CNN’s Brian Stelter to his face on Monday, telling the “Reliable Sources” host that “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump.”
While on stage for a National Press Club panel discussion, Koppel attempted to make a point that many media executives admit Trump is good for ratings, as viewers on both sides of the aisle tune in to see the round-the-clock drama unfold.
Stelter responded by asking, “That means what? If ratings are up, that means what?”
Koppel – who anchored ABC News’ “Nightline” for 25 years and has been a working journalist for over four decades — quickly answered.
“The ratings are up, it means you can’t do without Donald Trump. You would be lost without Donald Trump,” Koppel said as Stelter shook his head in disagreement.
“Ted, you know that’s not true,” Stelter said.
“CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Koppel said as the audience laughed.
“You know that’s not true. You’re playing for laughs,” Stelter shot back before explaining it would be “Okay” if CNN lost significant viewership during the next administration.
“I reject the premise that these networks are making so much money off of Trump,” Stelter said.
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Tony Church If this poll is correct , then we are in worse shape as a country than I thought ! This would mean there is 50% that did not approve of the fantastic job Trump has been doing . So basically half the country is retarded , lol
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Donald Prater I don't trust polls, but I like what you are doing and approve 100%.