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I learned a lot about William Randolph Hearst by watching the PBS American Experience documentary about him.  He is best known as a purveyor of “yellow journalism,” promoter of the Spanish-American War, and the target of the Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane.  The documentary shows that he has had a huge and continuing impact on our society, laying the groundwork for trivialization of the news – really fake news, and concentration of dangerous power in the hands of a small number of media leaders.  You can see similarities with Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump.
Here’s PBS’s description of the documentary:
Continue Reading What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

Continue Reading What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst