Ted Koppel Slams Undisciplined Internet Journalism, Longs for the 'Good Old Days' of CBS, ABC and NBC
Published: 4/13/2010 6:00 PM ET
Former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel appeared on Monday's edition of BBC World News America and longed for the "good old days" when the big three networks didn't have to compete with cable. Speaking to host Katty Kay, Koppel also lamented opinion journalism: "And we now feel entitled, not to have the news that we need, but the news that we want."
He chided, "We want to listen to news that comes from those who already sympathize with our particular point of view. We don't want the facts any more." After being asked who was responsible for this, Koppel wistfully proclaimed, "Well, I think it's the producer who is at fault who so desperately needs the consumer, because, in what I like to consider the good old days, when you only had ABC, NBC and CBS, uh, there was competition. But, the competition still permitted us to do what was in the public interest."
Koppel continued, blaming capitalism and competition for this supposed decline in journalistic standards: "These days, all the networks have to fight with the dozens of cable outlets that are out there, the internet that is out there. They're all competing for the all mighty dollar and the way to get there is to head down to the lowest common denominator."