12/23/1985 at 01:00 AM EST
Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel, in a speech he delivered to the International Radio and Television Society, said, "What is largely missing in American life today is a sense of context, of saying or doing anything that is intended or even expected to live beyond the moment. There is no culture in the world that is so obsessed as ours with immediacy. In our journalism the trivial displaces the momentous because we tend to measure the importance of events by how recently they happened. We have become so obsessed with facts that we have lost all touch with truth."