New York Herald Newspaper

NY Herald Zoo Hoax 1874

In the 1880s, the New York Herald was the most sensationalist newspaper in the city. The publisher said¬†publicly that the¬†function of a newspaper “is not to instruct but to startle and amuse.” The editorial board was not above whole-sale fabrication of disasters (all of the animals in the zoo running free in Central Park was the most infamous) to boost sales.

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