Notable Americans on the Free Press

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. — Thomas Jefferson.

Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting. — Donald Trump

Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty. — Herbert Hoover

Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.” I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But … but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it. — Donald Trump

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. — John F Kennedy

Somebody with aptitude and conviction should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity! — Donald Trump

Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. — Benjamin Franklin

An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud. — Donald Trump

The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments. — George Mason

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany? — Donald Trump

I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere. — George W. Bush

The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great! — Donald Trump

Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald Trump

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. — Benjamin Franklin

FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad! — Donald Trump

The freedom of the press should be inviolate. — John Quincy Adams.

I’d be a pretty good reporter — Donald Trump

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