Longtime journalist and broadcaster Ted Koppel said at a recent event that certain news outlets appear to have made up their minds that President Trump "is bad for the United States."

In comments a few weeks ago, which were uncovered Monday by NewsBusters, the former ABC News "Nightline" host called out the The New York Times and Washington Post, saying they do not cover Trump like they covered presidents in the past. 

"We’re talking about organizations that I believe have, in fact, decided as organizations that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States. We have things appearing on the front page of the New York Times right now that never would have appeared 50 years ago," he explained.

Koppel said Trump is "not mistaken" when he claims that the mainstream media is working against him. Responding on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Trump Organization Executive VP Eric Trump said the bias is clear to anyone who reads those papers or watches CNN coverage. 

"You can see hatred in people's eyes. The hatred comes through," he said, arguing certain anchors are constantly "undermining" the president and "spewing nonsense."

"It actually hurts our country. ... A lot of people watch [CNN] overseas and they're spewing nonsense. It's fundamentally not fair," he said, arguing CNN devotes little coverage to economic strength since Trump took office. 

Responding on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume - a former colleague of Koppel - said both he and Koppel are "old school," believing that there should be a clear difference between opinion and straight news coverage.

"Those lines of separation have become increasingly blurred, and in the age of Trump, as Koppel suggested, they’ve gone completely out the window," said Hume.



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