Ideology vs. Facts

A fascinating conversation between Sean Hannity and Ted Koppel yesterday on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” The men sparred at times, but it was respectful and informative.

In this clip, the two debate the value and benefit of TV commentary shows. Koppel believes that the proliferation of such shows – on both sides of the aisle – have contributed to a blurring of the facts. Hannity argues that Americans are capable of parsing fact from opinion and that they recognize that he and others, like Rachel Maddow on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum, are commentators and not objective reporters like Koppel himself.

In the most telling moment of the clip, Hannity asks Koppel if he believes that the editorial page is a negative thing, to which Koppel responds that he has no problem with the editorial page, as long as it does not become confused with the front page!

Hannity concedes that it is a good response, and it seems that both can agree that there needs to be a clear delineation between commentary and fact.

What do you think? Is TV punditry contributing positively to social discourse, or is it driving the country further apart?

Watch the clip below.

Mark Erlbaum, Contributor

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