“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”
Terms such as “fake news” and “alternative facts” may be relatively recent additions to the political lexicon, but attacks on the media are nothing new. Elected officials have been criticizing the journalists who cover them long before Thomas Jefferson, putative champion of the free press, wrote the statement above in 1807. Historian and Representative Josh Cutler, 6th Plymouth District, Massachusetts House of Representatives, discusses the “Mobtown Massacre” in Baltimore in 1812, provoked by fiery Federalist newspaper editor and Howard County resident, Alexander Countee Hanson.
In partnership with the Howard County Historical Society.