Sacked newspaper editor’s column

A partial version of the quote below in one of the comments posted on a very telling column by now former San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times editor Perry Flippin:

Columnist caught up in newspapers’ changing times

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and 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.”

I haven’t heard this quote in a little while, but was inspired to use it to kick off an occasional “quote of the day” post. I’ll post an interesting quote, either current or historical, if I run across something I find noteworthy. I won’t just throw on a quote for the sake of doing so.

Thanks to Romanesko for posting the link to Flippin’s column.

Weigh in: What’s your reaction to Flippin’s column?

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