William Tecumseh Sherman, media critic

While working on this tongue-in-cheek post earlier this week, I ran across a few quotes from Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman about newspapers.

Apparently, the Civil War commander who famously (or infamously, depending on your viewpoint) marched across the South was not a fan of the press. Here are the quotes attributed to Sherman:

  • “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”
  • “If I had my choice, I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”
  • “I think I understand what military fame is — to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”

Read more of Sherman’s colorful quotes on other topics here.