1986: PRESIDENT Lincoln Ordered The ARREST OF JOURNALISTS For Fake News!


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Quote: In May of 1864, Joseph Howard, Jr., a reporter in New York, printed a false presidential proclamation in two major New York newspapers. The proclamation, purportedly coming from President Lincoln, called for the draft of additional new troops into the Union Army.
Lincoln was not amused, ordering the general in charge of the army in New York to arrest Howard and any others responsible and seize their newspapers. Howard remained in jail until August, when Lincoln pardoned him. Oddly enough, Howard managed to continue writing for the New York Times and a number of other papers after the incident, and even was elected President of the New York Press Club four times.(snip)

h/t Olds Cool


8 thoughts on “1986: PRESIDENT Lincoln Ordered The ARREST OF JOURNALISTS For Fake News!”

  1. 1986 yah, I heard Lincoln was a big fan of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Culture Club! His Gettysburg address was live on MTV, and he used to listen to his Sony walkman in the oval office.
    Seriously, why does this website seem to have such a problem with headlines? It’s been going on for years, and they never correct it.

  2. The same New York Press Club that had a toast to “The Independent Media” :
    Quote :
    The remarks were apparently made by Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist (Contributor – Editor NYT), probably one night in 1880. Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
    “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
    The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
    We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
    End quote.
    ” plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”


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