Thomas Jefferson on the Importance of Newspapers

As we watch the newspaper industry die around us, we should reflect on just how important newspapers have been for American democracy.  Thomas Jefferson certainly understood this.

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and 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.  But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”

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