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We Mainely remember, but in a yellow haze

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By ANNE DONNELLCan you explain the term “yellow journalism”?  Why that color?  Thanks,    - A ReaderAnything about journalism is a bit hard to pin down, but, yes, I can explain “yellow journalism.” And, I’m feeling educator-like. Since yesterday was my 70th birthday, I’m glad to be feeling anything. I think Betty White covered this in her recent introductory remarks on Saturday Night Live, but, to be fair, she’s 18 ½ years older than I am. She could be my mother; I could be short.Feeling lazy and over-caked, I’ll quote from PBS online: “The Spanish-American War is often referred to as the first ‘media war.’ During the 1890s, journalism that sensationalized—and sometimes even manufactured—dramatic events was a powerful force that helped propel the United States into war with Spain. Led by newspaper owners William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, journalism of the 1890s used melodrama, romance, and hyperbole to sell millions of newspapers--a style that became known as yellow journalism. “The term yellow journalism came from a popular New York World comic called ‘Hogan's Alley,’ which featured a yellow-dressed character named the ‘the yellow kid.’ Determined to compete with Pulitzer's World in every way, rival New York Journal owner William Randolph Hearst copied Pulitzer's sensationalist style and even hired ‘Hogan's Alley’ artist R.F. Outcault away from the World. In response, Pulitzer commissioned another cartoonist to create a second yellow kid. Soon, the sensationalist press of the 1890s became a competition between the ‘yellow kids,’ and the journalistic style was coined ‘yellow journalism.’” After the sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor, the Hearst newspapers blamed the Spanish. The rallying cry, “Remember the Maine,” solidified public opinion, preparing the ground for the Spanish-American War (April-December, 1898). Teddy Roosevelt and San Juan Hill.[ATA (According to Anne) William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951. American newspaper publisher who built a publishing empire and Hearst Castle at San Simeon, California.)  Wow. Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911, Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher who pioneered modern journalism and endowed the Columbia University School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for excellence in American literature, music, and journalism, awarded since 1917.)  Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, 26th U.S. President, national hero and winner of Medal of Honor for fighting with his band of men, the Rough Riders,1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, in the Battle of San Juan Hill – actually San Juan Heights -- Spanish-American War.)]ONLINE DEPARTMENT “Headlines and more – sometimes you have to step back and look at what your write!” This e-mail had photos of newspaper articles that missed the mark (Thanks, P.W.) • Get 50% off or half price, whichever is less. • Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25 • Question of the Day: What constitutes a millionaire?  Answer: A millionaire is someone who has $1million dollars, according to Jerry Beto, branch manager and senior vice president of AG Edwards and Sons •  One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers • Army vehicle disappears: An Australian Army vehicle worth $74,000 has gone missing after being painted with camouflage •  Police Report 5:00 PM Police were called to Market Square for a report about a “suspicious coin.”  Investigating officer reported it was a quarter • Police Report: Theft. 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