Hearst a Coward as Well as an Assassin
That William R. Hearst
is alarmed by the outburst of popular indignation against his vile
teachings, as voiced by the decent newspapers of the country, was
shown by a cautious editorial which appeared yesterday in the morning
edition of his New York yellow sheet. Even in this attempt to correct
his position before the public, the characteristic scoundrelism
of the man is most apparent.
The article is cowardly in the last
degree. Your anarchist is always a dastard. It is besides mendacious
and slanderous beyond belief. It attempts to mislead the public
by charging that the censures directed against it are the partisan
ravings of the Republican press, which is anxious to stop all criticism
of public officials.
Of course the absurdity of this is
plain to all save Hearst, blinded by egotism and dread of consequences.
The condemnation of Hearst and his papers is universal, Democratic
and Republican papers unite in it. It is totally free from partisanship,
and business rivalry is equally eliminated from the case, a majority
of the papers being in no sense competitive with Hearst’s organs
of riot and murder.
Further, the Hearst morning publication
argues that if it has been severe in its censures on the President,
other papers have been more incendiary in their attacks on Mr. Bryan.
This is a mean and skulking evasion of the issue. The crime of Hearst
is not the censure of McKinley. We believe “The Jersey City News”
has spoken of the President on innumerable occasions in terms of
unmeasured severity. We are prepared to do so again if his successor
becomes dentified [sic] with policies injurious to the people. The
difference is that the “Journal” appeals to the knife, the pistol
and the bomb for remedy. Our appeal is to public opinion, to public
discussion and to the ballot. While we endeavor to rally the people
in the names of Jefferson, Jackson and Cleveland, the Hearst organs
hold up Jack Cade, Marat and Robespierre as heroes and exemplars
for patriotism. These papers have repeatedly dared glorify the excesses
of the French Revolution, and have printed articles in direct open
praise of assassination with plain intimation that it was applicable
to the evils of our own day.
No, it will not do for Mr. Hearst
to try to evade his responsibility for the Buffalo outrage by posing
as a martyr o f [sic] party or commercial enmity. He is a preacher
of riot, loot and assassination. John Most has never gone further.
Let the people see him as he is and judge him and his papers.