The Partisan Press

There is nothing particularly dangerous in Donald Trump’s hatred of the media… Presidents have always disliked and distrusted hostile press coverage.  What separates Trump’s rhetoric from his predecessors is his insistence that the free press is a threat to the American people.

No, Mr. President, the press is not an enemy of the people… nor should they be in the business of supporting your agenda(whatever that may be.)  You are free to criticize the press at your convenience, but you can never limit it in the name of the People.

Jefferson had a contentious relationship with poor press coverage… and experienced plenty of “fake news” during his presidency.  Despite his frustration, Jefferson never doubted the necessity of a free press; he trusted that the American people would be able to sort through the vitriol and nonsense to find the truth.

“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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