The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of the newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit, since it can always sink lower and lower in its choice of readers. At last it will stir up all those dregs of humanity which no state or government can control.
From Søren Kierkegaard, The Last Years: Journals 1853-1855. Cited by Hunter S. Thompson in Hell’s Angels, 1966. Remarkably apt today.