THE CAPITALIST PRESS & PROFITS OF RELIGION
Inspired by his own experience in the commercial newspaper business, and outraged by a lengthy libel trial brought by the Associated Press against one of his cartoons in The Masses, Young drew dozens of cartoons attacking corporate ownership of newspapers and the oversized influence of demagogic media tycoons like Pulitzer and Hearst. Similarly, Young produced images attacking the conservative and easily corrupted nature of American religious, educational and civil institutions. This page collects Art Young’s works of radical media critique and the corrupting power of big money, chronicling an era in which newspaper tycoons used the power of the press to manipulate the public and grow vast fortunes.
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