Source: International Wood Worker
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Hypocrital [sic] Newspapers”
Date of publication: September 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 9
|“Hypocrital [sic] Newspapers.” International Wood Worker Sept. 1901 v10n9: p. 101.|
|the press (criticism).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Marcus Hanna; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.|
Hypocrital [sic] Newspapers
The hypocrisy of the press was never more fully
demonstrated than in the case of certain newspaper [sic]. Several of
these were conspicuous in their hostility to the president just before he was
shot by Czolgosz. President McKinley was then classed as a czar, a despot, a
tool of Mark Hanna, father of trusts and almost everything bad. Cartoons were
run ridiculing him day after day. In one series of cartoons McKinley was represented
as a very, very goody kind of a weakly child, while the vice president, Roosevelt,
was shown with his dreadful teeth to decided advantage, and a look upon his
face that would do credit to the wildest and woolliest anarchist that ever found
a place in the imaginative brain of the average plutocratic newspaper writer.
When McKinley was shot there was a very sudden change in the policy of these papers. The cartoons ridiculing McKinley, Hanna and Roosevelt cease to appear, while the paper bubbled over with encomiums and eulogies of “our beloved President.” McKinley suddenly changed from an arch demon of the vilest kind to an angel of the purest purity. Not only did the newspapers’ attitude change from abuse to extreme praise for McKinley, the man, but it suggested that in the event of McKinley’s death Vice President Roosevelt could not do better than to follow in the footsteps of the President, who before the shooting was so thoroughly detested, and carry out the policy which he had outlined.
The newspaper referred to are [sic] no different from other papers. We find since the assassination of President McKinley that every newspaper which formerly berated him has changed its tactics and is now burying his memory under a perfect shower of eulogistic praise. He has, according to his old enemies, who classed him almost with the devil, nearly become a second Christ.
Out upon this contemptible hypocrisy. If a man pursues a bad policy before he dies, his death does not change the badness into goodness. We presume the millenium [sic] will be here before newspapers are honest and sincere, but we should not have to wait until then before they get to be a little more truthful than they are.