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Source: Kansas Agitator
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Foolish Talk”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Garnett, Kansas
Date of publication:
13 September 1901
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 15
Pagination: [4]

 
Citation
“Foolish Talk.” Kansas Agitator 13 Sept. 1901 v12n15: p. [4].
 
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Keywords
McKinley assassination (news coverage: criticism); freedom of speech (restrictions on).
 
Named persons
William Jennings Bryan; William McKinley.
 
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Foolish Talk

     Without exception, the Republican daily papers are endeavoring to lay the blame of the shooting of President McKinley upon the Socialists and ev[e]ry class of reformers who have entertained and expressed ideas contrary to the policy pursued by the present administration. They wilfully [sic] and maliciously class the Socialists and anarchists together, knowing full well that no similarity exists between the two. These papers insist that the next congress pass laws against the criticising of the president of the United States and the powers that be. A great deal of foolish talk is indulged in.
     There are already laws on the statute-books to punish murderers and traitors, and mo[r]e are not needed—they would simply be superfluous.
     The sole object of these paper[s] is to make it i[m]possible to publicly criticise those in power.
     The Kansas City Journal says the cartoons [a]nd “infl[a]mmatory” expressions that have appeared in the opposition papers are responsible for the assassination. Had Bryan been elected p[r]esident, a[n]d had he received the assassin’s bullet, instead of McKinley, would the cartoons [a]nd the “imflammatory” [sic] ex[p]ressions in the Republican papers, have been responsible for his assassination?
     It is just as well to be temperate and sensible about these things. Frothing at the mouth and making rabid accusations is not argument. No sensible Populist, Socialist or Democrat has any desire to see a Republican president or any other official assassin[a]ted.

 

 


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