David Talbot Quotes


31 David Talbot quotes:



"After Watergate, which happened when I was in college, I became increasingly inspired by journalism as a way to change the world. It sounds corny, but to wake the public up, to serve a higher cause."
"Do I regret taking the company public? Yes and no. Yes, because it put us under enormous pressure for a young company to go public at that point in its history, something you never could have done in the old days."
"Even more important maybe, or equally more important at least, is they don't have to scrap for a living."
"I don't think we would still be here if we hadn't gone public."
"I got kicked out of high school, so I couldn't get into very many colleges."
"I have enormous respect for Steve Johnson, and as I've told him, Feed was one of the inspirations for Salon. They were up there before we were. And also for Joey and the Suck people."
"I know that doesn't sound very radical and webby of me to say that but I think the New York Times is important. I also think there's an occasional piece that will pop out."
"My favorite thing is still journalism. I'm almost 50. This has been my life ever since I was in college."
"On the other hand, we raised $25 million by going public. It's that money that we used to build this company, to build the circulation, to build a high profile and to hire staff that made Salon what it is today."
"I think we've broken story after story that the rest of the media refused to break even when they had the story because they were scared of the story, or they just didn't think it was appropriate."
"You can crash on one set of rocks or the other set of rocks, and they crashed on the other set of rocks, which was probably being too little to be commercially viable."
"I have no regrets about launching Salon. For the life of me, I can't imagine doing anything else."
"I knew I wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a teenager. While it is interesting and gratifying to be on the business side and to see how that all works, the main reason I kept a business role here was to protect the editorial integrity of Salon."
"I think there is a difference between Slate and Salon. I think we both serve important functions on the Internet. As more and more Websites disappear, I'm thankful Slate is still around because it makes things less lonely."
"I think we're really getting it right the last few months and hopefully we'll get better and better at it."
"It showed how they came from these radically different family backgrounds, but they were the products of single mother families."
"It's like a cast of actors; you're all working together closely under pressure to produce something everyday. And when we put up an issue, it's like the curtains opening on a new play. I really like that daily sense of surprise."
"Journalism is not just a cause, it's also a wacky profession."
"Most magazines have become wallpaper, they're all the same, all the same celebrities. It's really an abysmal time in American journalism right now. But occasionally one story or two will pop out."
"Most Sunday magazines, with the New York Times as an exception, are kind of sleepy, weekend service vehicles to move living room products."



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