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The Rise of William Randolph Hearst

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Find out how William Randolph Hearst became a controversial newspaper magnate and in the process helped shape American journalism. Kenneth Whyte’s new book is The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.

Guests:

Kenneth Whyte

Comments [5]

s from manhattan

i don't see why hearst's paternalistic attitude shouldn't be questioned. the yellow kid, the lies about the maine, the never thinking through what it is to claim to speak for something and not really allow who you're speaking for to have their autonomy.

Jan. 22 2009 01:02 PM
RC

It seems with the plethora of newspapers back then that it was easy to find news that affirmed your opinions and biases rather than challenge them.

That seems to be the criticism of the web and new media today.

Yet, it does not seem that democracy suffered greatly during Hearst era.

Are the fears of people getting information that only affirms one's beliefs in the modern age justified?

Jan. 22 2009 12:53 PM
Jon Myers from Brooklyn

The term "oriental features" is in fact racist.

Jan. 22 2009 12:47 PM
John-Paul G from Elizabeth, NJ

I can't see a single image of the Yellow Kid that depicted any asian stereotypes. His dialect was a very exaggerated urban working class of his time.

Jan. 22 2009 12:47 PM
Sally from Ridgewood

Oriental?

Jan. 22 2009 12:47 PM

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