Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By Mark Moore
March 26, 2017 | 5:33pm | Updated
Veteran network newsman Ted Koppel called out Fox News’ Sean Hannity and other talk show hosts as “bad for America” because they attract viewers who “are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” in an interview that aired on Sunday.
Koppel interviewed Hannity for a segment on the deepening political divide in America on “CBS Sunday Morning” when the discussion turned to conservative talk radio and the spoon-feeding of information to viewers.
“We have to give some credit to the American people that they are somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show. You’re cynical,” Hannity told Koppel.
“I am cynical,” said Koppel. the former longtime host of ABC News’ “Nightline.”
“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?” Hannity asked.
“Yeah,” Koppel replied, adding, “In the long haul, I think you and all these opinion shows …”
“Really? That’s sad, Ted,” Hannity interjected.
“No, you know why?” Koppel said. “Because … you have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Later, in an interview with White House spokesman Sean Spicer, Koppel asked whether Americans should take President Trump literally in light of criticism that he spreads falsehoods.
“No, I think you should take him literally. The president’s very authoritative when he speaks. He wants to be taken literally. And also you have to understand that when you have 140 characters, that somebody trying to look at that and say, ‘This means the following’ is a little bit too much,” Spicer said.
“That’s one good reason for not using Twitter to communicate serious issues,” said Koppel.
By Post Editorial Board
March 27, 2017 | 6:59pm
It’s no secret that Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to boost the upstate economy haven’t panned out, but a new investigation this week documents just what a spectacular failure they’ve been.
The series, by Investigative Post, ProPublica and the Columbia School of Journalism, notes that since 2010 Cuomo by his own reckoning has dropped a whopping $25 billion to restart the upstate economy — but with pathetically little to show for it.
While jobs have grown 11 percent nationally since 2010, and 13 percent in all New York, Upstate jobs grew just 2.7 percent, worse than in all but three states.
In some areas, jobs contracted: Down 3.5 percent in Binghamton, for example, and 5.2 percent in Elmira. Worse, nine out of 10 new Upstate jobs are in “low-wage sectors.”
This, from billions spent on programs that, the investigation found, suffer from “a lack of transparency and objective analysis to determine their effectiveness.”
The spending takes the form of cash grants, tax breaks, electric discounts and even direct investment in factory buildings.
Ironically, Cuomo boasts of his programs’ “successes,” especially in the billion-plus he’s spent in Buffalo so far. Oops: Jobs there grew just 4.7 percent on his watch — while his outlays spawned corruption that led to several high-profile indictments.
Cuomo can’t blame anyone but himself. His policies weren’t “the right policies,” says fiscal expert E.J. McMahon. Indeed, some (his fracking ban, higher minimum wages, mandatory paid family leave and tax hikes on the rich) have served to stunt job growth.
Which has spawned an exodus. Last year’s net outflow of residents Upstate actually topped the increase downstate, leading to the state’s first population decline in a decade.
Your tax dollars at work.