23 Total Quotes

Ted Koppel Quotes

It's their broadcast in the final analysis, ... I've always taken the position it's our job to make the program as attractive to the audience as we could possibly make it, but there are limits. You don't bring on dancing girls.
Ted Koppel
#Analysis

All networks are trying to focus on particular segments of audiences. The emphasis on especially youthful demographics is such that news divisions more and more are focusing on not necessarily less serious stories but they're staying away from some of the more serious stories that Tom and I have tried to specialize in. That is not a restriction we're going to face at Discovery.
Ted Koppel
#Audiences

I felt a certain amount of embarrassment about doing it (covering the trial) on a regular basis. Every time we did O.J., the ratings went up 10 percent.
Ted Koppel
#Embarrassment

In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

[Jennings, ABC's chief news anchor for more than 20 years, was also] famously attracted to women, ... Even so, he only married four of them.
Ted Koppel
#News

There is something very very special, universal and easily identifiable among all Jews; it is beyond territory, it is something we all have in common.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

[Jennings, a high school dropout known for his handsome face and urbane delivery on World News Tonight , was always] self-conscious about his good looks and his lack of education, ... He spent his adult life soaking up knowledge.
Ted Koppel
#News

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder. It is a howling reproach.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist #Medicine

People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist #Media

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist #History

Emotions get in the way but they don't pay me to start crying at the loss of 269 lives. They pay me to put some perspective on the situation.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist #Emotions

The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job as a journalist as I can possibly do.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than the New York Times. I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its op-ed page.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

My function is, as objectively and accurately as I can, to present reality to people out there, and doing that as quickly as we do is quite difficult enough, thank you.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

More than four thousand programs produced and consumed. Some of them were pretty good, a great many of them were forgettable; but a handful may even be worth a book.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

I have the necessary lack of tact.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

I think we're glazing eyes all across America.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist

My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
Ted Koppel
#American Journalist