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G.K. Chesterton once remarked that the task of the yellow journalist is to shout “ADMIRAL BANGS IS DEAD!” to a public that never knew Admiral Bangs had been born. A good journalistic liar has a knack for getting his audience ginned up about the end of a story of which his audience has no notion of a beginning, in order to get the audience stampeded in the direction he wishes. This is illustrated by one of the greatest yellow journalists of them all, Charles Foster Kane William Randolph Hearst:
Though the Cuban insurrection against their Spanish rulers was stagnating, Hearst continued to send many of his high-profile writers and illustrators to the Cuba in hopes of capturing a great story. Among Hearst’s employees was the famed illustrator Frederic Remington. In 1897, Remington became very bored by the lack of anything newsworthy in Cuba and cabled to Hearst, “Everything quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. Wish to return.” In response to Remington’s message, Hearst reportedly replied, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”
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These days, there is no greater heir to the 19th century tradition of yellow journalism than “prolife” media. I am not exaggerating. Nobody takes the National Enquirer or the various tabloid featuring Batboy or stories on “Bigfoot was my baby’s father!” seriously. People who buy them know the stories are phony. But prolife media from FOX to Lifesite News to Lifenews is seriously read as real and reliable information by the most consistently misinformed demographic in American civil life: the very Trump supporters who constantly shriek about “fake news” while consuming more of it than anybody else.
And with so, with the reliable unreliability for which “prolife” media in the service of the Cult of Trump is now famous, Life News blares...
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