Fatuous Fool Faces Future
Even to some who share my generations cynicism about the news media, Ted Koppel is generally considered to be one of the smart, truly “fair & balanced” ones. Not by me. I stopped trusting Nightline for a few reasons. For one thing, on their broadcast following the death of Charles Schulz, they inexplicably gave air time to the pets.com sock puppet (I am not making this up. They used it as a talking head). For another, they also make use of Rush Limbaugh as though he were a credible spokesman (for anything).
Yet, I have to feel a little sorry for Mr. Koppel. It can’t be easy to be 64 years old, to have worked most of your life in one profession and risen to a position that most people would feel is pretty good…and find that the true heir to Edward R. Murrow in the year 2004 is a satirical comedian.
Presumably that’s why, according to this article, Koppel wants no truck with Jon Stewart or The Daily Show.
Buck up, Ted. As Jim Ignatowski once said to a hapless TV executive (played by Martin Short) in an episode of Taxi…“If you could do your job, you would.”