I am always apologizing for it, criticizing it, defending it, praising it, damning it, loving it and hating it — that glamorous enfant terrible of journalism, television news.
-Don Bresnahan, 1982
Don Bresnahan was a producer of TV documentaries for KABC in Los Angeles. He is quoted from a 1982 Newsweek article entitled “Is TV News All You Want?” Also a television critic, he observed the changing role of television news — which he described as the “headline business” — in the lives of increasingly busy Americans. Over the course of his career, Bresnahan contributed to media documentaries including “The Good Old Days of Radio.”
Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations is a reference book of historical quotes now under the auspices of American University. The quote of the day, from the archives of journalist James B. Simpson, is a regular feature on the Observer which presents quotes he compiled in relation to current events.