Ted Koppel Quotes

  • I think we're glazing eyes all across America.
  • People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories. That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
  • 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.
  • In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen.
  • 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.
  • I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
  • History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
  • 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.
  • I have the necessary lack of tact.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job as a journalist as I can possibly do.
  • 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.