Ted Koppel Downplays ISIS Threat, Claims U.S. Created Al Qaeda 'Franchise'


<p><em>More in the <a href="http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2015/12/17/ted-koppel-…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC&#39;s NewsBusters blog.</em></p>

<p>On Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O&rsquo;Reilly pressed NBC&rsquo;s Ted Koppel on the state of the country: &ldquo;...a new <em>Wall Street Journal</em> poll says just 20% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction....do you believe the USA is in bad shape right now, Mr. Koppel? And if so, why?&rdquo;</p>

<p>Koppel dismissed the public&rsquo;s pessimism and tried to minimize the threat from ISIS terrorists: &ldquo;I don&#39;t think the country is in as bad a shape as your question implies.<strong> I think we&rsquo;re scaring ourselves to death with this ISIS threat....I don&#39;t think we need to worry about invasions of hostile Muslims.&rdquo;</strong></p>

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