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Jefferson didn't say it.

Bummer. It's a good quote.

However, quoting the Snopes article:

To be sure, in his public utterances Jefferson showed himself to be an inveterate defender of the freedom of the press ... “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it,” he said to the United States’ first chief justice, John Jay, in 1786.

He was clearly in favor of a free press, even if this specific defense of a free press is not his.

--Peter
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