Quote of the day—Thomas Jefferson

Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short.

Thomas Jefferson
June 11, 1807
To John Norvell.
From The Great Thoughts (link is to the 2nd Edition, mine is the 1st Edition–1985)
[In regards to the truthfulness of the mass media not a lot has changed in the last 200 years. But what has changed is the ability of people to easily invalidate such news sources and render them far less powerful than what they once were.—Joe]

2 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Thomas Jefferson

  1. Jefferson also promoted this system for newspapers. More than once I’ve thought about reorganizing my blog posts this way. (To be fair, I do have a tag called “Filthy Lies”.)

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