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Hannity's missing argument with Koppel

Ted Koppel and Sean Hannity talked about the state of news and news commentary in early 2017.  Ted Koppel expressed the idea that Hannity and Fox News was "bad for America" because "you have people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts."

Hannity has written a complaint about the interview as presented by CBS; in his view it was too heavily edited.  But Hannity never tells us what was edited out that he would want us to see.  What points did Hannity raise with Koppel that would have made Hannity's position more convincing?  Hannity suggests the full interview would show him making valuable points, but never tells us in his written complaint what those points were.

It would seem that Hannity is trying to direct our attention away from the points that were made by Koppel and himself.

Besides this, Hannity makes a "genetic fallacy" when he claims that because Koppel works for CBS, and because Dan Rather worked at CBS, and because Dan Rather made claims based on faulty evidence, Koppel and the edited interview are dealing with faulty evidence.  Hannity writes:

Now, beyond this interview being a total waste of my time, it is a flagrant example of what I call “edited fake news.” Remember, CBS News is the former home of Dan Rather. Remember him? He was forced to resign after reporting an inflammatory fake news story about President George W. Bush.  Rather used fake documents to bolster his story.

He avoids the merit of the content of their debate by associating Koppel with a Dan Rather's error from 2004.  Hannity suggests that Rather didn't just make an error, but intentionally lied (we are not considering that point at present).

As defined here, "this fallacy avoids the argument by shifting focus onto something's or someone's origins. It's similar to an ad hominem fallacy in that it leverages existing negative perceptions to make someone's argument look bad, without actually presenting a case for why the argument itself lacks merit."

Hannity should, at least, state clearly what he said in his interview with Kopell that was taken out so that we can judge the merits of his position and compare it to Koppel's.  Otherwise, his claims about this interview are, as he put it, "a total waste" of our time.

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