Fake News

In 1785 Ben Franklin wound up his duties in France and was preparing to rotate back to the United States. England had no love for Franklin and couldn’t have been happier when the news reached their shore. I found no explanation for that great dislike other than he was master of his skills with the English language. It is said he could turn a phrase like none other, so I suppose he stepped on some British toes.

When Jefferson reached France the powers that be asked if he was replacing Franklin. “No one can replace Franklin. I’m simply his successor,” Jefferson replied.

After Franklin sailed for the United States Thomas Jefferson was amused by the London newspaper reports that Franklin had either been captured by Algerian pirates while en route, or stoned by mobs upon his arrival at Philadelphia.

I guess there is nothing new under the sun, not even fake news.