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yellow journalism American English

Meaning: Journalism in which sensational stories are used to boost sales, or biased reporting is used to change the reader's views on an issue. Both of these are unethical.

For example:

  • Have you noticed how, during a war, normally trustworthy professionals start writing the worst sort of yellow journalism to justify their government's actions?

  • Joe: "Is there any difference between yellow journalism and propaganda?" Kate: "I think yellow journalism can be even more dangerous than propaganda if it's being presented as objective reporting by well-known journalists."

Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Jerry gets angry when he sees yellow journalism. He says journalists who write it are
  1. misleading their readers
  2. informing their readers
  3. educating their readers

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