Still Further Antedating of "Yellow Journalism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 2 13:20:30 UTC 2014

yellow journalism (OED 1898, also OED has sense 3. of yellow, adj. dated 1898)

1893 _Puck_ 7 Dec. 7 (American Periodical Series)  Yellow journalism is a moral offense, but who are the offenders?  Not the newspaper proprietors, who make the most of that full liberty which reputable as well as disreputable papers must have in a free country, but the people who buy their output.

NOTE:  This citation undercuts OED's derivation of "yellow journalism" from a comic strip originating in 1895.

Fred Shapiro

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