Jefferson on newspapers

Quote of the day:

The Thomas Jefferson words that journalists like to trot out as Independence Day nears:

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

Of course, Jefferson also said the only reliable truths in newspapers were the advertisements, and that he was happiest when not reading the papers.



3 Responses to “Jefferson on newspapers”

  1. Sybil Says:

    Now if only they’d use his bible…

  2. uncommonscolds Says:

    While I’m with Jefferson, it’s worth noting that Jefferson lived in a time when there was a small, elite populace capable of reading and considering. Is that now true? And are the truths still in the adverts?


  3. uncommonscolds Says:

    Correction: Obviously, I think a small populace still exists. But is it comparable to that of Jefferson’s time–in any way?

    I have no comfortable answer to that one.


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