When Rex gets his Jefferson on, just sit back and listen.
Maybe if he were alive today, Mr. Jefferson would be baffled by the notion of “saving” newspapers. When not being a newspaper-defender or a long list of other wonderful and not-so-wonderful things, he was a lover of (and inventor of) technology. His passion for discovery and innovation leaves no doubt to me that he would be amused by the notion that Mr. Swensen and Mr. Schmidt would be defending a medium, and not the message, of what he was saying in that statement. Thought and enlightenment and the free exchange of ideas and freedom of speech are what Jefferson was using the word “newspaper” to collectively describe.
And another thing: Which newspapers should be endowed?
That is all.
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