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

“Newspapers have degenerated.
They may now be
absolutely relied upon.”
— Oscar Wilde

“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines
is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.”
— Samuel Butler


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