The New York Post is a daily newspaper that has operated continuously since its founding by Alexander Hamilton in 1801. It claims to be the oldest daily in the United States and it is the 13th oldest newspaper in the country. Throughout its history, the Post has switched political leanings several times. Throughout the 20th century, the Post was a liberal, actively pro-labor paper. Then in 1976, Rupert Murdoch bought the paper and turned it into New York City's voice of right wing yellow journalism. Today, the paper is known for its racy front pages, which include screaming headlines and juxtapositions that would be considered inappropriate in other papers.
- On 11 December 1980, the Post ran a large morgue photo of John Lennon on its front page.
- On 16 June 1986, based on information planted by
spooks reliable sources, the Post ran a front-page story that Muammar al-Gaddafi was really a drug-addicted cross-dresser. The headline: MADMAN MOAMMAR NOW A DRUGGIE DRAG QUEEN. The picture: Gaddafi wearing lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, hoop earrings and a permed, spit-curled, middle-aged woman's hair style.
- On 17 February 2009, the Post ran a cartoon of two police officers who had just shot dead a chimpanzee. The dialog balloon of one of the officers read, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." Although the NYPD had recently shot a rampaging chimp, many people—starting with Al Sharpton—believed that the chimp was really a metaphor for Barack Obama.
- In November 2009, Sandra Guzman—a Latina who was fired as an associate editor after protesting the "chimp cartoon"—claimed that the newsroom at the Post is operated like a racist, sexist frat house. She also claimed that the Washington, D.C. bureau chief has stated that his objective is to "destroy Barack Obama."
- On 14 December 2009, the Post announced that it had hired Ashley Dupre—the prostitute who led to the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer—as its new sex and relationships advice columnist. Because when right-wingers want relationship advice, they automatically think, "We should ask a prostitute!"
- In the 1980s, Murdoch asked a friend of his (the CEO of an upscale department store chain) why his stores didn't advertise in the Post. The friend's reply: "But, Rupert, your readers are my shoplifters."
- ↑ E.g., HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR (15 April 1983).
- ↑ E.g., after the 5 November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, the Post placed a boxed headline on the front page that claimed that the feds knew about the instability of the shooter. Beside that box was another box with a story about Jennifer Lopez's temporary restraining order against somebody who wanted release a sex tape of her. That box included a glamour photo of JLo in a formal dress with a plunging neckline that showed off her cleavage.
- ↑ "New York Post in racism row over chimpanzee cartoon" The Guardian (UK) website, 18 February 2009, accessed 10 November 2009.
- ↑ Officially, she was fired in October, 2009, because her section of the paper had been discontinued. But, well, you know. . . .
- ↑ "NEW YORK POST LAWSUIT: Shocking Allegations Made By Fired Employee Sandra Guzman" Huffington Post, posted and accessed on 10 November 2009.
- ↑ "Ask Ashley: Dupre writes sex advice column. Former call girl who had tryst with Eliot Spitzer hired by N.Y. Post" MSNBC.com website, published and accessed 14 December 2009.