"To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, "by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only." Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, June 11, 1807,
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mtj:@field(DOCID+@lit(tj100173))
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Suppression of a free and unbiased press would be a disaster for the country. Sad to say we have no such press and what the newspapers print today is mostly liberal propaganda.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    The media's grand array of disgorging their proselytized wash of events leaves little to no room for true facts or sound principles. The act of engaging in a base distorted intercourse of information for money is a practice long experienced.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Too few people really care about the Truth. When one has so much invested in falsehood and has been programmed for the bulk of one's life, the truth is as welcome as an earthquake. My mother used to be a TV reporter -- facts are boring and good news does not sell -- playing upon people's fears and prejudices is what it is all about.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    News fails to tell the Whole Story even if there is some truth in it. Don't rely on just one source or you will only get opinions.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    Playing upon the fanciful emotion, content is written for profit. Truth is Never boring, but ever feared by those given to lying, cheating, and stealing. With that being said, when in class where Whole truth is taught, liars always fall short, and forever miss the mark of understanding. " God Frustrates the Tokens of Liars." Befitting for the day, " The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise." Proverbs 12:15. "A man shall eat good by the fruit of his Mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence." 13:2. Be as good as you can be. "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with Good."Merry Christmas and God Bless. Semper FI
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    The sine qua non of honorable journalistic practice is intellectual honesty, which is a fruit of moral integrity and courage.

    The ruck of this nation's current class of classless " journalists" are too bound by ideology, particularly by leftist pragmatism and a morbid dearth of moral fortitude, to be at liberty to express themselves freely.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Today's colleges and universities are pumping out more of the same progressive liberal claptrap, preparing students for jobs in service to the governments that prop up the monopolies in the fields of communication, medicine, energy, transportation, and government itself.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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