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The Man Who Opposes the Sale of Dope

The Man Who Opposes the Sale of Dope

“The Man Who Opposes the Sale of Dope.” Publication status unknown, date unknown. Ink Drawing, 9.5 x 13.5 in.

This cartoon depicts William Randolph Hearst, a powerful publisher who, at the peak of his success, owned sixteen newspapers. The reporting in Hearst’s newspapers was often sensationalistic, a style which was eventually termed “yellow journalism.” Hearst’s newspapers launched the famous “reefer madness” campaign about the dangers of marijuana, and Young has taken the opportunity to liken Hearst to a peddler of a different kind of drug. A sign next to Hearst advertises “escape truth and reality… hypocrisy and sophistry for every occasion… Editorials to produce paralysis of thought,” and a smaller sign offers “Venom and hatred to kill labor unions.”