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Powerful never liked freedom of press

Pictured is a replica of the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg circa 1440. Leaders of that era looked to inhibit production of more printing presses because it would allow citizens to have greater knowledge of their actions.

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Who was the first United States president who didn’t seek another term because of ugly press coverage? That was a question former USA Today editor-in-chief Ken Paulson asked members of the Rotary Club of McMinnville on Thursday. “The answer is George Washington,” said Paulson, who indicated Washington cited “notorious scribblers” as a main reason he didn’t seek reelection.

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