"Printers are educated in the Belief, that when Men differ in Opinion,
both sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the
Public; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is
always an overmatch for the latter: Hence [printers] cheerfully serve
all contending Writers that pay them well, without regarding on which
side they are of the Question in Dispute."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
“An Apology for Printers,” Pennsylvania Gazette, 10 June 1731
Bookmark and Share  
Reader comments about this quote:
The MSM is currently ALL Commentary!
 -- Charles T. Neighbors, Longmont, Colorado     
  • 4
    I'm a printer and I can't agree more.
     -- Daniel D. Torres, Cortland, NY     
  • 3
    Great quote! I am looking for an explanation of "The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness
     -- Angela Selden, Adairsville     
  • 1
     -- Jim K, Austin      
    The most accurate segment of the quote is: "when Men differ in Opinion, both sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Public;" - that statement alone deserves infinitesimal stars as a rating. Other than that, it is a rare occasion that printers (the media of all types) have relayed just the facts as perceived from an outside observance. Truth and Error may often be ascertained in such scenario, court administrations are played out in such manner for that ultimate purpose. Here, a precarious quagmire presents itself in the form of "Writers that pay them well". Only the rich are privileged and have an Advantage to be heard - other than that, "Printers" give the victors, most powerful and most threatening side of the story.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    If the printers want to stay in business, they must accommodate as inclusive an audience as they can -- in order to sell advertising. Slanted media will only draw an audience within the special interest groups to which they cater. The media is populist in nature, a balance of reporting and opinion kept in their respective columns keeps it clean. But when reporting is but opinion-making and opinions are gospel, the audience that remains represents merely those that have fallen for the narrative -- the rest simply will not submit themselves to such obvious contrivances.

    Hence, The New York Times and the Washington Post are today a fraction of the size, worth, and influence they once possessed. A slanted press has a shaky foundation -- the facade may look the same, but it crumbles within.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 3
    A caveat to my previous comment. Opinions are based on collected data. When the foundational data has nothing to do with truth (including cause and effect, the laws of nature and of nature's God vs. legal positivism, Divine reality vs. religion, etc., etc. etc.), men's differing opinions do not rise to a level of "truth and error" (opinion is based solely and uniquely on error).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Rate this quote!
    How many stars?

    What do YOU think?
    Your name:
    Your town:

    More Quotations
    Get a Quote-A-Day! Free!
    Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box.
    RSS Subscribe
    Quotes & Quotations - Send This Quote to a Friend

    © 1998-2024 Liberty-Tree.ca