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Thomas Jefferson Wouldn’t Think Much of Modern Journalism. Blogging – That’s Another Story…

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Thomas Jefferson Wouldn’t Think Much of Modern Journalism. Blogging – That’s Another Story…

November 21, 2007 1:00 AM

Would he read the NY Times?

Though journalism as we know it didn’t exist when the First Amendment was written, today’s reporters don’t hesitate to make the case for their importance by citing a famous Thomas Jefferson quote. Steve Boriss contends that mainstream news is the opposite of what the third president thought it should be.

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By Steve Boriss

Many journalists are fond of telling us how central they are to our democracy. Some cite Thomas Jefferson’s quote, “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.” These self-important boasts by journalists deserve to be challenged. Modern journalism is not only different…

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