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. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them. [Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787].
Obama notes Jefferson didn't have to put up with cable news. Jefferson also didn't have to put up with bloggers... but I suspect he'd love us.