... if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
Mark Twain's quote is justly famous but is in need of renovation after 130 years. Adam Piggott has a post explaining why:
From The Other McCain, a report that journalists at a press conference in Minnesota wildly objected to the police chief’s use of the word riot to describe the behaviour of certain groups of individuals who had taken to lobbing large chunks of concrete in the general direction of bystanders, police and numerous pieces of private property. The term riot is obviously appropriate and accurate based on the footage of the events. And when you consider that the business of journalism is to report on events using common vocabulary as a communication tool, then the outraged objections of these journalists to correct word usage is particularly illuminating.
The whole post makes the case that journalists are Public Enemy number 1. And so, back to Mr. Twain's comment which we can rewrite as follows:
If you don't follow the media, you are uninformed. If you do follow the media you are both uninformed and misinformed.