Friday, September 10, 2004

Jefferson on the Yellow Press

Thomas Jefferson, who was the subject of a smear campaign based on sex should know about how the press can be inhabited by unscrupulous partisans looking for legitimacy, such as the swiftnuts. The printing of this disinformation as a factual account does the readership a great disservice. I doubt that's the message that the wingervillain at pressthink intended. He wants to condemn newspapers in general, while supporting the wild-eyed rumormill of tht right-wing blogs as exempt from this assertion. What a joke: the witch's cauldron calling the kettle black.

Jefferson also said if he had to choose between government and newspapers he'd take newspapers. Conveniently the winger left that one out.

"But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them." Jefferson said. I agree. But how is this line a condemnation of newspapers? He means the public can be functionally illiterate. They sure can. Just look at the blogosphere as an example of the free uncredentialed press. Mob rule? Lynchings? Pack of Jackals? Take your pick. Case closed.

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