Question of the Day

Jan 07, 2014

Thursday's Question of the Day asked … Someone once said, “News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising. The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don’t print matter a lot.” Who was it? That answer would be ... well, less cut and dried than we'd hoped!

As it turns out, the answer is technically ... "Anonymous." Its earliest known appearance was in 1937 when it was published in a British periodical titled The Motor, under the pen name LACUNA. The author in turn attributed the quote to an unnamed editor of the period, specifically an “editor of a big-circulation newspaper." Then in 1953 newspaper editor Brian R. Roberts referenced the quote, attributing it to newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. Later several people would credit publishing magnate Alfred Harmsworth (Lord Northcliffe) and, still later, publishing maven Katharine Graham. Nowadays, it exists in several different forms, with some versions having substituted "public relations" for "advertising" by 1979.

Well, now you know. Consequently, as for who the winner is ... we'll have to say it's all of you who replied! In the Northcliffe group: congratulations to Edward Tenner, Amy ZipkinJen Gosley, Rachel Roh, and Jennifer Mascia! And in the Graham group: props go out to Craig PittmanBill ChuckJim WinterJeanne KirkAlexander Quiñones, and Andrea Gils for tweeting in that answer! And finally, in the Hearst group: felicitations to Jeffrey Dvorkin!

Your question of the day for today is ... Who was the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism?

Click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners on Thurday!

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