“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,” said the president of the United States — 200 years ago (Thomas Jefferson).
Said Ulysses S. Grant in 1868: “Throughout the war, and from my candidacy for my present office in 1868 to the close of the last presidential campaign, I have been the subject of abuse and slander scarcely ever equaled in political history.”
And Harry S. Truman said in 1955: “Presidents and the members of their Cabinets and their staff members have been slandered and misrepresented since George Washington … when the press is friendly to an administration the opposition has been lied about and treated to the excrescence [sic] of paid prostitutes of the mind.”
Yes, we also had to look up “excrescence,” which it turns out is “a distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, especially one that is the result of disease or abnormality.”
Read more at the Daily Wire.