Thomas Jefferson: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
Mark Twain: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do, you’re misinformed.”
Joseph Goebbels: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
Laurence Silberman (Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit): “Two of the three most influential papers (at least historically), The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets.”
From the 1700s to 2021, this is what people have thought about newspapers. What do we think about newspapers?
They tell us a lot about the Kim Kardashian butt implant story. They tell us little about the enormous wealth our public servants accumulate.
They tell us about Gwyneth Paltrow selling a candle named “This Smells Like My Vagina”. They prevent The New York Post from telling us about Joe Biden being a potential national security threat, as exposed by Hunter Biden on his laptop computer.
They tell us a lot about Black man Will Smith slapping Black man Chris Rock. They tell us little about Black men shooting and killing Black men every day in cities across America.
They tell us a lot about what teacher unions want. They tell us little about what parents of inner city children (who receive worthless high school diplomas) want.
Do you ask yourself, What is this newspaper not telling me? Or, How much of this “news” article, if any, is true? Or, Who benefits from publishing this “news” article?
In October 2021, Gallup reported the following polling data: 29% of the public does “not very much” trust the media, and 34% has “none at all” trust in the media. When 63% of the public agree with Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Joseph Goebbels, and Laurence Silberman, it’s time to wonder about newspapers — to seriously wonder.
Freedom Of The Press is free for The Press, but costs democracy plenty.