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Thomas Jefferson Said

Thomas Jefferson Said........

Thomas Jefferson said:

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 really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world.

(Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807)

Jefferson further said:

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 and errors.

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Jefferson is my fav founder...

After being involved in the 08 election, one of my favorite quotes is..

'Advertisements are the only truths to be relied upon in newspapers.'

T. Jefferson

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Jefferson is right in the

Jefferson is right in the sense that words and images aren't a substitute for a personal experience. Words and images are an incomplete picture of an event at best. Video is better, but it's still imperfect as it only captures the point of view of the observer. Treat ALL representations of an event with great skepticism.

If Jefferson were alive

If Jefferson were alive today, he'd never stop throwing up.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Nice ...

... quote, and I never read that about Jefferson before.


If Jefferson was alive today,

If Jefferson was alive today, would he call the Internet a, "polluted vehicle?"

If I could ask him a question, I'd like to know if he thought the printing press was bad for society.

I found out something today that makes me have respect for newspapers, and even the mainstream media in a very simple, general way. Never thought I'd say that...

I found out that one of my best friends that I have known for over 20 years had absolutely no clue about the huge influx of illegal immigrants pouring across the US border.

No, he does not live under a rock. He loves movies, and can recite lines from Seinfeld or any comedy movie verbatim, but he had no idea of what's going on in America because he is totally consumed with fictional media in his own fantasy land.

TV is his reality, and the news has nothing to do with it. He's almost 40 years old!

All he had to do was pick up a 4th grade reading level newspaper like the USA Today to AT LEAST get some kind of idea of what's going on.

All he had to do was tune in to CNN for 10 minutes to get a general idea of what's happening.

If he simply glanced at the front page of any newspaper, or online news website in the past month, my friend would at least know the basics.

The media has been dumbed down because of people like my friend.

The, "Fox News Alert," exists because of people like my friend.

10 second soundbites exist because of people like my friend.

"Info Babes," exist because of people like my friend.

You know what the best form of media is?

Word of mouth.

Now he knows.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

You have known this guy 20 years,

what took you so long? With friends like you no wonder Liberty is dying. I watch the news and read papers( as much as I can stand) because you need to know what the enemy is saying, you need to know what they want you to know so you can combat it. It's Recon. Zoo introduce your friend to some Rothbard for a quick catch up and get him up to speed.....then turn his TV back on. Don't let him on the youtube until he has read some books. Better yet buy him some RP books.

I think Jefferson would love

I think Jefferson would love the Internet and would fight to keep it free from being controlled.


Lucky for Jefferson

he never had to experience television. Even his eloquence might have been strained describing the workings of the modern propaganda machine.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Crazy conspiracy theorist.

Crazy conspiracy theorist.

Another good one emalvini..


The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche