Friday, April 10, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Joseph Pulitzer

Our birthday boy and notable quotable today is Joseph Pulitzer.

You undoubtedly know about the
Pulitzer Prize but what do you know about the man? Well, here's some background from a biography on Mr. Pulitzer at

Joseph Pulitzer was the 19th-century journalist and newspaper publisher whose will established the Pulitzer Prizes "for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature and the advancement of education." Pulitzer immigrated to the United States [from Hungary] as a young man in 1864 and served in the 1st New York Cavalry during the Civil War . He made his way to St. Louis after the war and in 1868 began working for the German language newspaper the Westliche Post. Ambitious and hardworking, Pulitzer studied English and law and served in the Missouri legislature, and by 1872 he was the owner and publisher of the Post. In 1878 he bought The Evening Dispatch and merged the two newspapers into the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pulitzer moved to New York, where he acquired the New York World (1883), founded the New York Evening World (1887) and became one of the most powerful newspaper publishers in the United States and a rival and competitor of William Randolph Hearst. Although he maintained control over his publishing empire, Pulitzer had frail health and was almost completely blind in his later years. His will provided for the financing of the Pulitzer Prizes as well as for what is now the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University.
And now, today's quotes from Mr. Pulitzer pulled from and BrainyQuote:

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”

“Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life”

"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself."

"An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. "

"The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."

Cheers! - Jason

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