Ted Koppel, a legend in the field of journalism, recently spoke with CNN’s Brain Stelter and delivered a truth bomb of such epic proportions that it left the host absolutely annoyed to no end, which, as you might imagine, makes for excellent television.
Koppel made an appearance on “The Kalb Report” as a member of a panel where he stated that without President Trump, the network’s favorite subject, CNN’s ratings would essentially be in the crapper.
Again, as you can imagine, this ruffled a few feathers.
Trump “has been wonderful for the [media] industry,” Koppel said, adding that former CBS Chairman Les Moonves as well as the head of CNN both admitted that Trump coverage has resulted in a ratings boon.
With that, Stelter got just a wee bit defensive.Trending:
“That means what?” Stelter asked Koppel. “If ratings are up, that means what?”
“The ratings are up, it means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” Koppel answered. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.”Advertisement - story continues below
Stelter challenged Koppel: “Ted, you know that’s not true.”
But Koppel wasn’t done.
“CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” the former “Nightline” anchor said as the room filled with chuckles.
Stelter, however, was not about to let this go, so he kept the battle raging.
“You know that’s not true, you’re playing for laughs. You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know. There will be more presidents,” Stelter said.
Koppel replied, “Hold on a second, Brian. What were the ratings before Trump, and what are the ratings now?”
This forced Stelter to confess that since Trump has been elected president, the ratings have been up 20 to 40 percent.
Check out this clip for the full story. It actually gets even more interesting.
Video: To consternation of @BrianStelter, Ted Koppel contended during 10/1 Kalb Report @PressClubDC: “You would be lost without @realDonaldTrump. CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Trump.” Stelter: “Ted, you know that’s not true. You’re playing for laughs.” #NPCLive pic.twitter.com/XGZl9yNzqh
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 3, 2018