The Future of Print

Obama: Government without newspapers not an option – Editors Weblog

Posted in Boom by futureofprint on May 11, 2009

Speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington DC on

Obama speech.jpgSaturday 9 May, president Barack Obama said that “a government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media is not an option for the United States of America.”

In what was mostly a speech packed with jokes and humorous anecdotes, Obama ended his discourse on a serious note about the state of journalism in the country, acknowledging that there were many good journalists who had recently found themselves out of a job.

Appearing before a mixed crowd of journalists, media chiefs, politicians and celebrities including actor Ashton Kutcher, who is one of social media tool Twitter’s most high-profile users, Obama outlined the plight of journalism, with newspapers clearly at the heart of his speech. He insisted that the ultimate success of the industry is essential in ensuring the preservation of America’s democracy, before referring to a quote from the nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson: “If he had the choice between government with newspapers or newspapers without government, he’d choose the latter.”

Via EditorsWeblog


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