NEW YORK — Take it from Ted Koppel: Not only does the venerable "Nightline" anchor like Jon Stewart, his satirical counterpart -- he even thinks he's important.
"I can't think of anything better for society right now than a program like Jon's that says things with humor that quite literally we cannot say," Koppel said Tuesday, after taping an appearance on Stewart's Comedy Central program "The Daily Show."
Koppel and Stewart started what appeared to some to be an old-media-versus-new-media smackdown during the Democratic National Convention. But they say their back-and-forth -- which began during Stewart's appearance on ABC's "Nightline" -- was never a "blood feud."
"We thought we were being very, very funny, but apparently not," Koppel said Tuesday.
In the July broadcast, Koppel had noted that "a lot of television viewers -- more, quite frankly, than I'm comfortable with -- get their news from" Stewart.