As Mark Twain once said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”I have never needed any journalist.
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“American journalism (like the journalism of any other country) is predominantly paltry and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but
its achievements are insignificant.”
― H.L. Mencken
“What you read in the newspapers, hear on the radio and see on television, is hardly even the truth as seen by experts; it is the wishful
thinking of journalists, seen through filters of prejudice and ignorance.”
― Hans Jürgen Eysenck, Intelligence: A New Look
Stuart, you DO understand the concept of a "political FUNNIES" thread, right?"[The press] has scoffed at religion till it has made scoffing popular. It has defended official criminals, on party pretexts, until it has created a United States Senate whose members are incapable of determining what crime against law and the dignity of their own body is, they are so morally blind, and it has made light of dishonesty till we have as a result a Congress which contracts to work for a certain sum and then deliberately steals additional wages out of the public pocket and is pained and surprised that anybody should worry about a little thing like that.
I am putting all this odious state of things upon the newspaper, and I believe it belongs there – chiefly, at any rate. It is a free press – a press that is more than free – a press which is licensed to say any infamous thing it chooses about a private or a public man, or advocate any outrageous doctrine it pleases. It is tied in no way. The public opinion which should hold it in bounds it has itself degraded to its own level.
There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay. The more newspapers the worse morals. Where we have one newspaper that does good, I think we have fifty that do harm. We ought to look upon the establishment of a newspaper of the average pattern in a virtuous village as a calamity."
-- Mark Twain