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.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
These three quotes by Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers, came to mind this morning as I reflected upon the concept of “alternate facts” put forth by President Trump’s spinmeisters. Now, politicians have long had spokespeople whose job it was to “spin” the truth in a favourable way. But never before has there been an American president or his team that has so boldly and blatantly lied, and then doubled down by concocting the term “alternate facts” to discredit the actual truth and sell its version as the real deal. Sadly, this is the reality of what has been called the new post-fact world. There has been much blame of Trump and his minions. But they in fact didn’t create it. They merely mastered the art of it.
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