The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people ... have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty.
William Cobbett (1762–1835), British journalist, reformer. repr. in The Opinions of William Cobbett, ch. 6, eds. G.D.H. and Margaret Cole (1944). "The Last Ten Years," Political Register (London, January 4, 1812).