Today I learned of Jovita IdΓ‘r, an early 20th century journalist and advocate of Mexican-American issues. Her editorials on the oppression of Mexicans in the US caused the Texas Rangers to physically destroy the presses and offices of her newspaper, El Progreso en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jov…
The name β€œOp-Ed” doesn’t refer to opinions, but because the section was originally placed β€œopposite the editorial section.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op-…
In 1909, the first truly salacious hit song β€œI Love, I Love, I Love My Wifeβ€”But Oh! You Kid!” made the leap from vaudeville stage to the sheet music stands of a million parlor room pianos in America, inciting newspaper editorials, outraged sermons by preachers, and at least one fatal shooting. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
The author of Leaving Las Vegas, John O'Brien, only wrote one other thing, Rugrats' Episode 37 "Toys in the Attic". He was disgusted by the editorial changes. 2 weeks after signing the rights of the novel to be made into a movie he shot himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Jim Coleman, a sportswriter made up the 'curse of Muldoon' to meet an editorial deadline. The curse supposedly prevented the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League from finishing in first place from 1938 to 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Wally Wood the creator of Power Girl, Made a bet with a studiomate that he could draw Power Girls chest bigger every issue and DC editorial wouldn’t notice geek.com/comics/the-histo…
A mob from a nearby county threatened to lynch Black newspaper editor John Mitchell Jr. for writing an editorial condemning a lynching. Armed with two pistols, he then traveled to that same county to report on the lynching on-site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When Robert Goddard, pioneer of American rocket propulsion, proposed the concept of a moon mission in 1920, the New York Times published an editorial explaining a rocket in space could not work because there would be no air for the exhaust to push against. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1920, the New York Times published an editorial titled "A Severe Strain on Credulity," mocking scientist Robert Goddard's contention that a rocket could conceivably leave the atmosphere and even reach the moon. They later printed a retraction, the day after the launch of Apollo 11. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
During a 1983 court-case, the New York Times conceded that their 'Bestseller List' is not "objective factual content" or a comprehensive list of the country's best-selling books, but instead admitted it was 'editorial content'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1834, a doctor announced that tomatoes had medicinal properties. In 1837, someone promoted his "Compound Extract of Tomato" as a panacea. Then another person (a doctor) had his own version, and they derided each other's via editorials. Analysis revealed that neither product contained tomatoes atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Shipping Forecast, a BBC radio program about maritime weather, is so immensely popular in the UK that a 1995 decision to move the 12.48 am broadcast by 12 minutes caused angry editorials, a public backlash, and even debates in parliament. The BBC ultimately scrapped the decision. pri.org/stories/2013-07-1…
The author of The Wizard of Oz also wrote editorials calling for the "total annihilation" of Native Americans. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The New York Times Best Seller list is legally an editorial work. They have no obligation to make it reflect actual sales, and third-parties can be sued for copying the list without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Hugh Hefner's employment agreement with Playboy included $1 million-a-year contract, full editorial control of the magazine and the right to continue living in the Playboy Mansion for a nominal rent sec.gov/Archives/edgar/da…
L. Frank Baum, writer of "The Wizard of Oz," wrote two editorials calling for the genocide of Native Americans warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/en…
The Joker was only supposed to be a one-shot villain in Batman #1, but was spared by editorial intervention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…
The producers of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest asked local car salesman Mel Lambert to help them find grotesque-looking locals to play extras. Lambert placed an ad asking ''Do You Have a Face That Scares Timberwolves?'' Despite subsequent editorials protesting the insult, the ad was a success. nytimes.com/packages/html…
Wikipedia's highest editorial honor is the Vanguard Editor (or Lord High Togneme), which requires 132,000 edits and 16 years of service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wik…
In 1861 Francis Key Howard wrote an editorial about President Lincoln's suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus. He was subsequently imprisoned and held without trial for two years at Fort McHenry, where his grandfather Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In an editorial about Native Americans Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum wrote "Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
After murderer and noted philologist Edward Rulloff was sentenced to death, some called for his release so he could further contribute to philology. In response, Mark Twain wrote a satirical editorial suggesting someone else be hanged in his place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
10 years after he wrote an editorial calling for genocide against the Lakota people, L. Frank Baum wrote the children's book, "The Wizard of Oz." danielnpaul.com/WoundedKn…
Professor David Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, published a journal editorial stating an addiction to ecstasy was less harmful then an addiction to horse riding. wikipedia.org/wiki/David_…
Tokyo's restaurants have more cumulative Michelin stars than Paris. In 2007, Michelin's editorial director declared Tokyo was "by far the world's capital of gastronomy." bloomberg.com/news/articl…
After writing several scathing editorials about a scientist's "ridiculous" claim that the moon could be reached with rockets, the New York Times published a correction...three days before the moon landing in 1969. astronauticsnow.com/histo…
In 2008, Maxim magazine faced criticism for reviewing The Black Crowes' new album without listening to it. The band received an email explaining that an educated guess was better than no coverage at all. Maxim's editorial director eventually apologized and said this was contrary to policy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
The Spice Girls didn't come up with their nicknames themselves. "Top of the Pops" magazine came up with mnemonics to tell them all apart during an editorial meeting. They brainstormed ideas and then ran the names in the magazine; the girls thought it was a joke but it caught on. thespicegirls.com/facts/t…
Six months before President William McKinley was assassinated, a newspaper owned by William Randolph Hearst, a staunch McKinley foe, published an editorial that ended "If bad institutions and bad men can be got rid of only by killing, then the killing must be done." books.google.ca/books?id=…
In 2013, a newspaper issued a retraction for their 1863 editorial that referred to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as "silly remarks" pennlive.com/opinion/inde…
The phase "Going Dutch" was first referenced in an 1873 editorial alluding to German immigrants who took pride in never being indebted to anyone and only purchasing what they could afford mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A New York Times editorial described Per Se, renowned as one of the best restaurants in the world with three Michelin stars, as having "lukewarm matsutake mushroom bouillon as murky and appealing as bong water" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Kelley Blue Book editorial staff loved the Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel model so much that they've extended it as a review car for 3 years kbb.com/car-news/all-the-…
L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, wrote an editorial calling for the extermination of Native Americans manataka.org/page1721.htm…
In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago offered free watermelon to black attendees. Ida B. Wells harshly criticized the decision in an editorial. lincoln.lib.niu.edu/cgi-b…
The Wall Street Journal has run the same two editorials every Thanksgiving since 1961. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
... A top surgeon was forced to quit his post over an editorial he wrote about semen and its effect on the health, happiness and well-being of women. rt.com/usa/surgeon-resign…
The editorial board of The New York Times attacked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for opposing the Vietnam War, accusing him of "antagonizing opinion in this country" mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/ki…
"op-ed" means opposite to editorial page. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Semen may have an antidepressant effect on women (and, no matter how fancy a surgeon you may be, you should still be careful what kind of Valentine's Day editorial you write) nytimes.com/2011/04/18/he…
A 1967 Globe and Mail editorial coined the phrase "The State has no place in the bedrooms of the nation," in defence of legalization of homosexuality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
The New York Times published an editorial in 2014 entitled "The End of Snow?" nytimes.com/2014/02/08/op…
'op-ed' is not short for 'opinion editorial' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op-…
Donald Duck has a beatnik cousin. Marketed for the european market, he became very popular in Brazil. Editorial pressure forced him into the official duck family tree. He was changed into a much lazier character in later publication after having been a super hero fighting for ecology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duc…
The term the 'American Century' was actually coined by Time magazine publisher, Henry Luce, in a 1941 Life magazine editorial [a title which Time Inc owns]. Luce and FDR were often at odds with each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
William Powell, the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, used Amazon.com to write an editorial review disowning the book entirely. amazon.com/Anarchist-Cook…
The New York Times Went to Court in 1983 to Prove That Their Best Selling Books List Was Not An Objective Measure of Sales, But Was Editorial Content and Could Be Altered as the Editors Saw Fit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
During the Civil War, the grandson of Francis Scott Key was arrested for writing an editorial criticizing President Lincoln's order suspending habeas corpus, and was imprisoned without trial at Fort McHenry, the same place that inspired his grandfather to write the Star-Spangled Banner. pattersonclassof61.com/cl…

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