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Perspective a Little Screwed Up

November 17, 2010

Former ABC newsman Ted Koppel has responded to criticism from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann by saying Olbermann has his “perspective” and his “facts” “screwed up.”

In an op-ed on Sunday, Koppel charged that polarizing figures such as Olbermann and O’Reilly detract from the journalism profession. Olbermann responded by attacking Koppel and his false promise of “objectivity,” adding that Koppel doesn’t understand the complexities of “modern news.”

“I think Keith Olbermann is a very bright and clearly passionate man, but I think he has his perspective a little screwed up, and he has his facts screwed up too,” Koppel told NPR on Wednesday.

He went on to discuss news giants such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite and what made them great. “What made those pieces so powerful as they they came out of a lifetime of objective, and not subjective, reporting,” Koppel said.

You can listen to Koppel’s response here.

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