The Press: Tabloid Napoleon

Coolidge was in the White House, gin was in the bathtub, and U.S. tabloid journalism was in its bawling, irresponsible infancy. Worst of all, more brazen even than the brassy era it covered, was Publisher Bernarr Macfadden's sexsational New York Evening Graphic. Quickly dubbed the 'PornoGraphic, the paper assaulted the town with scandal, reported what nobody else would dream of printing, invented what it could not report. Leading the assault from a desk littered with busts of Napoleon was a short (5 ft. 2 in.), lame martinet named Emile Henry Gauvreau, a Connecticut-born...

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