“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” — U.S. President Thomas Jefferson
The New York Times, one of the world’s most widely circulated newspapers, released its first edition 168 years ago today. Then known as The New-York Daily Times, the paper was founded by journalist Henry Jarvis Raymond and banker George Jones, selling each copy for just one cent. In 1896, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of The Chattanooga Times, gained a majority interest in the company and his ancestors — the Sulzberger family — are still the publishers and controlling shareholders of The New York Times more than a century later. Nicknamed “The Gray Lady”, The New York Times currently has more than 130 million monthly readers and has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes, earning it the unofficial title of America’s newspaper of record.