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Favorable or Unfavorable #404: William Randolph Hearst  

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Famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst served as a two-term US Rep for NY when he was somewhat on the far-left of the Democratic progressive wing. He lost races for mayor, governor, US Senate, and for president. 

He switched parties and ideology in 1934 becoming part of the "America First" movement that opposed the New Deal and was so anti-Communist that they celebrated and rhetorically supported the Nazi's. Hearst would even visit Hitler and cover the Nazi's positively with his media. He and other people of this movement believed FDR was a Communist. 

He basically went from LW Populist (or Progressive) to RW Populist as joined what was an early version of MAGA Republicans.

A good analogy would be a celebrity editor supporting Kucinich in 2004, Kucinich in 2008, reluctantly Obama in 2012, Bernie Sanders in 2016, and then Sanders in the 2020 primary before jumping to Trump in the 2020 general. 

Hearst is most famous for his sensationalist journalism during the Spanish-American War. Some argue the war would not have occurred without him.

Overall, he's a good reason why I don't like people prone to sensationalism and radical politics (I'm okay with radical ideas if they are framed and instituted in a non-radical way). 

His actions:

Hearst, William Randolph 1898 Powerful NY publisher whose "yellow journalism" helps lead to Spanish-American War
Hearst, William Randolph 1904 radical progressive media-magnate cand for Dem pres nom
Hearst, William Randolph 1917 Opposes involvement in WWI
Hearst, William Randolph 1919 Opposes the League of Nations
Hearst, William Randolph 1920 Refuses to back Cox for pres (or Harding)
Hearst, William Randolph 1924 Refuses to back Davis (or Coolidge) for pres
Hearst, William Randolph 1928 Dem who backs Hoover over Al Smith (b/c Smith had blocked Hearst's 1922 US Sen bid)
Hearst, William Randolph 1932 Backs Garner for Dem nom; reluctantly supports FDR for pres
Hearst, William Randolph 1934 Switches from Dem to GOP over "communistic" New Deal (America First Movement)
Hearst, William Randolph 1934 Openly supports Nazi Germany as "liberty-loving" because anti-Communist
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4 hours ago, vcczar said:

Famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst served as a two-term US Rep for NY when he was somewhat on the far-left of the Democratic progressive wing. He lost races for mayor, governor, US Senate, and for president. 

He switched parties and ideology in 1934 becoming part of the "America First" movement that opposed the New Deal and was so anti-Communist that they celebrated and rhetorically supported the Nazi's. Hearst would even visit Hitler and cover the Nazi's positively with his media. He and other people of this movement believed FDR was a Communist. 

He basically went from LW Populist (or Progressive) to RW Populist as joined what was an early version of MAGA Republicans.

A good analogy would be a celebrity editor supporting Kucinich in 2004, Kucinich in 2008, reluctantly Obama in 2012, Bernie Sanders in 2016, and then Sanders in the 2020 primary before jumping to Trump in the 2020 general. 

Hearst is most famous for his sensationalist journalism during the Spanish-American War. Some argue the war would not have occurred without him.

Overall, he's a good reason why I don't like people prone to sensationalism and radical politics (I'm okay with radical ideas if they are framed and instituted in a non-radical way). 

His actions:

 

Hearst, William Randolph 1898 Powerful NY publisher whose "yellow journalism" helps lead to Spanish-American War
Hearst, William Randolph 1904 radical progressive media-magnate cand for Dem pres nom
Hearst, William Randolph 1917 Opposes involvement in WWI
Hearst, William Randolph 1919 Opposes the League of Nations
Hearst, William Randolph 1920 Refuses to back Cox for pres (or Harding)
Hearst, William Randolph 1924 Refuses to back Davis (or Coolidge) for pres
Hearst, William Randolph 1928 Dem who backs Hoover over Al Smith (b/c Smith had blocked Hearst's 1922 US Sen bid)
Hearst, William Randolph 1932 Backs Garner for Dem nom; reluctantly supports FDR for pres
Hearst, William Randolph 1934 Switches from Dem to GOP over "communistic" New Deal (America First Movement)
Hearst, William Randolph 1934 Openly supports Nazi Germany as "liberty-loving" because anti-Communist

ok whoever was playing blue 1 cheated, you can't just take pol and turn him from LW pop to RW pop in just 5 turns /s

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2 minutes ago, Blockmon said:

ok whoever was playing blue 1 cheated, you can't just take pol and turn him from LW pop to RW pop in just 5 turns /s

By the time he was RW Pop he hadn’t been running for office for 10 or 12 years. His political career is really just 1900-1922. Before and after he’s just a powerful media person not actively seeking office. 

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