When defending our importance to the country, we in the press are fond of quoting Thomas Jefferson: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I would not hesitate a moment to choose the latter." But only on the rarest occasion do we acknowledge that the father of the Constitution, the sage of Monticello, also said of us: "I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it."
"The Government's Need for Secrecy vs. The People's Right to Know,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 37
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol37/iss3/6