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History of the Newspaper 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 So wrote Thomas Jefferson to a friend in January 1787 The concept of the newspaper that the founding father of the American Declaration of Independence so obdurately spoke of had rested on a foundation that has lasted six hundred years The modern newspaper in comparison to that which had been forged from the pamphlets distributed by churches across the United States during the Renaissance acted under a notion that still exists today This notion is that the newspaper was the easiest method to educate the masses on issues that needed to be addressed while making the deliberation of such announcements far easier to comprehend There has been a great debate on the nature of these announcements Thomas Jefferson who was an active participator in such debates was not the first to distinguish the difference between freely gathered news and news which was managed Managed news had always acted in favour of those releasing the news to the public serving as a propaganda machine By having freely gathered news which is a constitutional right Thomas Jefferson had given Americans the right to freely collect information and make intelligent decisions based on the information they had collected Though the concept of the newspaper saw harsh opposition during its infant stages of development it has slowly become an integrated part of modern society The newspaper acts as a watch dog on democracy making sure that the government is run in a fair and just manner while at the same time informing citizens when its not allowing them to intelligently debate on what to do Without the modern newspaper not only would democracy falter the loss of an information medium would be devastating to Canada The concept of the newspaper was founded during the
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