Faking It: Our Partisan, Self-Deluded Press

Faking It: Our Partisan, Self-Deluded Press

Thomas Jefferson defended freedom of the press as essential to an informed public, and thus to democracy. “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people,” he wrote in 1787, “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.”

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