August 14, 2019
At our founding, the press was understood to be the Fourth Estate, or Fourth Branch, in our government. Given specific protections under the 1st Amendment, our Founders expected the press to be the people’s watchdog over the other three powers: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial Branches. However, the group we are supposed to rely on for our news, the Main Stream Media (MSM), have become completely untrustworthy. Yet they are just following the sensationalism of Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hurst in the late 1800’s.
Pulitzer, born April 10, 1847, in Hungry, signed up for the Union Army as a draftee substitute and emigrated to America in 1864 to fight in the Civil War. After the war, he moved to St. Louis. He worked odd jobs until starting a journalism career in 1868, quickly becoming involved in ownership of newspapers. In the early 1870’s, Pulitzer supported the Liberal Republican Party, yet following the party’s dissolution, he became a lifelong Democrat.
In 1878, he acquired the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and married Democrat Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ niece, Kate Davis. The couple moved to New York City in 1883, due to Pulitzer’s ill health, where he purchased a morning paper called the New York World, which he quickly turned into a strong, leading Democrat publication.
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