Publication information

Source type: magazine
Document type: letter to the editor
Document title: none
Author(s): Griffin, Harry W.
Date of publication: 26 September 1901
Volume number: 38
Issue number: 986
Pagination: 254

Griffin, Harry W. [untitled]. Life 26 Sept. 1901 v38n986: p. 254.
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McKinley assassination (personal response); Life [magazine]; yellow journalism.
Named persons
Harry W. Griffin; William McKinley.
In the magazine the letter is immediately followed by this statement issued by the editor: “Our correspondent’s communication would carry more weight, if his knowledge were a little more exact as to the time required for printing our paper. That edition of LIFE, at the hour the President was shot, was already printed; some copies were on their way to the West. It requires practically a week to print our edition.”



     Gentlemen: Your paper is very bright and, for the most part, very good. I think, however, the publishers should be too good Americans, too patriotic, and have too much respect for the highest office in this glorious country to allow the paper to vilify the man who fills that office, and especially when it is filled by a man so much respected as William McKinley. In the name of all that stands for good government, and is opposed to Anarchy, do not lend your paper to Yellow Journalism, either in words or pictures. The September 12th number received, and I am sure I am only one of a very large number of subscribers and interested readers of LIFE who will think an explanation in order. After I looked at the picture on page 205, and vainly searching from cover to cover for one word of kindly reference to our President, who is now suffering the result of “Yellow Journalism,” surely there was time on Saturday, if not Monday, to get a few words into the paper in place of the senseless picture referred to above.

Respectfully yours,                    
Harry W. Griffin
RIEGELSVILLE, N. J., September 11, 1901.