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CBS contributor and former ABC “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel got CNN’s Brian Stelter, aka “The Thumb” all kinds of butt-hurt after telling Stelter that his ratings would “be in toilet” if Donald Trump weren’t president.

The comment came during a panel discussion Monday for The National Press Club’s “The Kalb Report” about the state of journalism under President Trump.

“He has been wonderful for the industry,” Koppel said.

“But that means what?” Stelter asked. “If ratings are up, that means what?”

“It means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” oppel responded. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.”

“Ted, you know that’s not true,” Stelter fired back.

“CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Koppel continued.


Watching Stelter get triggered is like conservative pudding.

Koppel then asked Stelter how CNN’s ratings have changed since President Trump took office, to which the “Reliable Sources” host estimated “we might be up 20, we might be up 30 percent, we might be up 40 percent.” He then insisted that it would “OK, too” if those numbers went down, prompting the rest of the panel and the audience to laugh.

Poor “Thumb.”

WIBC hosts Hammer and Nigel broke down the full audio of the Koppel/Stelter exchange in today’s edition of “Is This Anything?” Click below to check it out: