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Lest we think media problems are new . . .

Here are a few items from previous centuries:

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.
Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”
– Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: letter to John Norvell, June 11, 1807
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Thomas.Jefferson.Quote.1154


“Newspapers have degenerated.
They may now be
absolutely relied upon.”
– Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900)
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Oscar.Wilde.Quote.47CB


“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines
is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.”
– Samuel Butler
(1835-1902)
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Samuel.Butler.Quote.5674

 

The Wilde quote is ambiguous. “Relied upon” to lead us astray, apparently.

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