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Pulitzer's "1619 Project" Sponsorship Brings Back Yellow Journalism

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on August 28, 2019 17:06

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The Pulitzer Center's co-sponsorship of "The 1619 Project" marks a dismaying return of the family name to Yellow Journalism and the worst sort of political propaganda designed to agitate the American public through sensationalism, demagoguery, and lies.

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Last Sunday, while on a nature walk along the C&O Canal, we chanced upon a sad and ugly little whiteboard display with hateful scrawls among those answering the question: "What would you do to be free?"

"Kill," "Fight," "Resist," "Vote." A 1960's "Peace Sign" of the Communist Front Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

What was this doing in a National Park? 

An internet search led to The New York Times 1619 Project.

Then to the National Park Service website.

Then to the 400 Years of African-American History Commission.

Then to HR 1242, passed by the GOP-controlled Congress in 2018, authorizing $6 million dollars and appointment of commissioners.

Then to a Strategic Plan.

And finally to the Pulitzer Center, which is co-sponsoring this propaganda drumbeat, fulfilling Frank Luther Mott's definition of "Yellow Journalism" on Wikipedia:

*scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
*lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
*use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
*emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips
*dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.

The 1619 Project's "scare headline" was that America was founded upon slavery under the British, rather than born in the American Revolution for freedom from the British. Its "minor news" is the landing of a handful of slaves four hundred years ago --when slavery existed in every country -- instead of America's continual promotion of freedom through Abolition, Civil War, and defeat slave systems including Nazism and Communism. 

Its "lavish use of pictures" includes a link to The New York Times Magazine's special issue, which also meets the "emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements" criterion.

Its "parade of false learning from so-called experts" includes Nikole Hannah-Jones' official lesson plan. She is neither a Colonial historian nor a PhD -- unlike former American History professor Newt Gingrich, who responded:

"Jones is just plain wrong when she asserts, '[o]ur democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written."

He added: 

"This debate is being created by The New York Times’ determination to replace its failed crusade about President Trump and Russia with a new effort to define President Trump as a racist – and racism as the greatest problem in America."

(I bet Newt is unaware of the Act of Congress, National Park Service, or Pulitzer's role.)

Nevertheless Newt nails the purpose of this meretricious nonsense, obviously designed to undermine faith in America along the lines of Cold War Soviet propaganda and 1960s "Amerikkka" SDS and Black Panther rhetoric:

"The debate between the racism implicit in the 1619 project and the exceptionalism growing out of 1776 and 1787 will be a major part of the 2020 campaign."

Pulitzer's connection is a fingerprint of Yellow Journalism, the worst sort of political propaganda designed to agitate the public through sensationalism, demagoguery, and lies.

Sadly, "The 1619 Project" marks a disgraceful new low for the National Park Service, the NY Times, and Pulitzer.



Laurence Jarvik

Posted on August 28, 2019 17:06


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