Legendary television journalist Ted Koppel unloaded a vicious review of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to his face. Koppel was not pleased with O’Reilly helping Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
While a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” Koppel told O’Reilly that he had changed the television landscape for the worst with his handling of interviews with Trump. O’Reilly said of Trump, “I’ve interviewed him a number of times and it’s not an easy interview. How would you do it?” Koppel was uninterested in mincing words, “You and I have talked about this general subject many times over the years. It’s irrelevant how I would do it. You know who made it irrelevant? You did. You have changed the television landscape over the past 20 years. You took it from being objective and dull to subjective and entertaining. And in this current climate, it doesn’t matter what the interviewer asks him. Mr. Trump is gonna say whatever he wants to say, as outrageous as it may be.”
O’Reilly was stunned Koppel would attack him so openly and asking Koppel to answer the question. Koppel continued, “The first way you do it is not in the interview, you do it by some reporting. It’s an old-fashioned concept but I think demonstrating who and what Mr. Trump is and what his policies really amount to is something you don’t do in an interview. He doesn’t answer the questions. When was the last time you have heard Donald Trump spell out a real policy on anything other than, ‘We’re gonna be the best, we’re gonna be the greatest, I’m gonna negotiate the best deals you’ve ever seen’?”
Koppel was correct in his assessment that O’Reilly has treated Trump with kid gloves and allowed the failed businessman to participate in softball interviews. Had Koppel interviewed Trump, the interviews would certainly have turned out differently.
Watch the entire segment below: