A Warning from the Past

 “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.  Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.  The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . .  I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.” 

Attributed to Thomas Jefferson (June 11, 1807) – Principal author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd, President of the United States from 1801 to 1809

Food for thought for today’s climate: What is “lying by omission?” And then ask yourself how devastating is it to you if the Press omits key facts that would allow you to properly evaluate?

You are the boss. Never forget that. 286 days!! Help is on the way!

Until we talk again.

3 thoughts on “A Warning from the Past

  1. CJ Johnson

    Very true and I will add the statement from Samuel Clemmons (Mark Twain) something like – If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you read the newspapers you are misinformed.”

    Hopefully, through the alteration of facts, those entities, in doing so, will sink their own ships.

    CJ

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  2. Tanii Carr

    There are several ways in which one can lie. Certainly, omitting facts is one very notable example. But there’s also not placing the “facts” in the correct time frame. The media, generally speaking, loves to alter importances. And of course there are other subtle and no-so-subtle methods, all of which mislead for those who do not or cannot dig more deeply for the “whole truth.”

    Another brilliant post, Lee. I so look forward to each one inviting me to “look!”

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