Saturday, January 25, 2014

The New York Post

Location:   New York City
Year:   1801

The New York Post is the nation's oldest continuously published daily newspaper. It was founded by Alexander Hamilton in the wake of Federalist defeats in the election of 1800 and the ascendancy of Thomas Jefferson to the White House and the Democrat-Republicans to Congress. 

Hamilton started the paper with $10,000 seed money (in 1801 currency!) at Gracie Mansion (now the home of New York City's Mayor).

Throughout its long history, The New York Post was always the most liberal of New York City's newspapers. In the 19th century it was owned and published by the abolitionist William Cullen Bryant. In the early 1900s it was owned by the Progressive reformer Carl Schurz. In 1939, it was acquired by Dorothy Schiff, along with The Nation, and became a platform for Liberal causes of all types.  In William Styron's novel Sophie's Choice, the lead character Stingo is fired from his job for, among other things, reading The New York Post.

In 1976, Rupert Murdoch acquired the paper, changing it from its liberal bent to a sensationalist-tabloid format similar to his British paper, The Sun. Under Murdoch's tutelage, the venerable New York Post has become a rag, noted for shoddy reporting and shock headlines. 

Alexander Hamilton, Founder of The New York Post

The New York Post used to cover the news

Even in its halcyon days The New York Post exhibited a quirky style

During a Murdoch-inspired management crisis the Editor made his point

A typically stomach-turning headline of the Murdoch era


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