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    Yellow journalism was a style of newspaper reporting that emphasized sensationalism over facts. During its heyday in the late 19th century it was one of many factors that helped push the United States and Spain into war in Cuba and the Philippines, leading to the acquisition of overseas territory by the United States.

    The link below gives more info, but here are the key points:

    Frank Luther Mott identifies yellow journalism based on five characteristics:

    1 -scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

    2 - lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings use of faked interviews,

    3 - misleading headlines,

    4 - pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips

    5 - dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

    At the end of the 19th century, the main participants in yellow journalism were Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst - and this is where the link to the modern age starts.

    When you think of "yellow journalism today", you'll automatically think of the National Enquirer, which actually started almost 100 years ago (in 1926).

    The founder of the New York Evening Enquirer, which eventually became the National Enquirer, was William Griffin, who got the "seed money" from Hearst. The paper got into legal trouble during WWII, and it suffered a steep decline in circulation.

    In 1952, it was sold to Generoso Pope Jr., who got the money for the purchase from mobster boss Frank Costello. In 1957, Pope changed the name of the paper to the National Enquirer. Throughout the 1960's, the paper concentrated on publishing gory stories - and circulation rose of 1,000,000. Not satisfied with that circulation Pope pioneered the idea of selling the newspaper in supermarkets, and changed the focus of the paper to celebrities.

    In 1971, the headquarters were moved to southern Florida. When Pope died in 1988, the paper was sold to Macfadden Publishing for $412 million. In 1999, the headquarters were moved to Boca Raton, which happens to be 27 miles south of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

    Due to its sensational stories during the 2016 campaign, the paper was EXTREMELY successful in getting Trump elected. A media expert named Regis Maher has estimated that the Enquirer's assistance to Trump was worth $2.5 to $3.5 million per month - and now David Pecker has been granted immunity by Robert Mueller.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/business/media/national-enquirer-trump-mistresses.html

    Now the fun begins.

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    Arizona -- Yes we are all familiar with the National Enquirer as we are forced to read its trashy and blatantly false headlines while standing in line at the supermarket checkout counter. They did a big number on Hillary as the NYT article summarizes. While we are focusing now on the Russian connections, the National Enquirer and its outrageous lies probably did more to drive the Never Hillary movement and elect Trump than the many Russian bots.

    The point is though, none of this trashy stuff should be believable to any person with a brain. Those who buy and read that trash are one of the reasons that our political discourse is in such a dire place. People believe what they want to believe, and the National Enquirer is testament to that. Sick!

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Arizona -- Yes we are all familiar with the National Enquirer as we are forced to read its trashy and blatantly false headlines while standing in line at the supermarket checkout counter. They did a big number on Hillary as the NYT article summarizes. While we are focusing now on the Russian connections, the National Enquirer and its outrageous lies probably did more to drive the Never Hillary movement and elect Trump than the many Russian bots.

    The point is though, none of this trashy stuff should be believable to any person with a brain. Those who buy and read that trash are one of the reasons that our political discourse is in such a dire place. People believe what they want to believe, and the National Enquirer is testament to that. Sick!

    No wonder the "38%" stay the 38% because that part of the country have no brains, but lots of guns and soybeans. But have just about enough "money" to buy the National Enquirer because that is the only "educational thing" there is because the schools don't teach them anything but prayers. This country is an total joke!!