yellow press

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From the comic feature "The Yellow Kid" in the Journal newspaper, first published in 1895.

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yellow press (plural yellow presses)

  1. (idiomatic, usually collective) Newspapers which publish sensationalist articles rather than well researched and sober journalism.
    • 1986, G. J. A. O'Toole, The Spanish War: An American Epic, page 82:
      The Olivette incident has often been cited as emblematic of the distortions published by Hearst and the rest of the yellow press during the Cuban revolution, but it seems to have been founded in an honest mistake.

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