Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

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Joseph Pulitzer's New York newspaper, The World, would transform American media and make him wealthy, admired and feared. Throughout his four decades as a reporter and publisher, he created a powerful artistic vehicle that spoke to an unprecedented number of readers. Towards the end of his life, both sickly and blind, Pulitzer's commitment to fearless reporting would tested by the most powerful person in American life. On December 15th, 1908, President Teddy Roosevelt delivered a scathing indictment of Pulitzer to Congress, accusing the publisher of libel--for claiming that the President's greatest achievement, the Panama Canal, amounted to a colonialist overreach built on a $40 million cover-up. Roosevelt threatened Pulitzer with imprisonment. The president proclaimed: "it is high national duty to bring to justice this vilifier of the American people." Pulitzer is an American icon who spoke of "fake news" over one hundred years ago. He fought the dangers that the suppression of news had for a democracy long before our present threats to press freedom. While he is remembered for the prizes that bear his name, his own heroic battles in the face of grave illness and Presidential ire have been forgotten as has the artistry and game changing originality he brought to newspapers. How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant from Hungary, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy?


Adam Driver
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

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  • By definition hagiographic. But it's not afraid to acknowledge Pulitzer's talent for making enemies on the level of a Teddy Roosevelt. Or that he was a somewhat obnoxious personality.

    Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, though, this conventionally made, PBS-friendly biodoc marked by those pages you could fall into... is a brisk, engaging-enough reminder of why the man's name is synonymous with press freedom and prizes for the best in reporting.

    Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Summarizing the great strides he made for journalism without ignoring his colorful flaws, Oren Rudavsky's Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People is an excellent primer, not just on the man but on the birth of the modern newspaper.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Notwithstanding the dynamic layouts from Pulitzer's New York World, the film hasn't found the material to make this subject pop visually.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A fairly classically composed documentary about [Joseph Pulitzer].

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Joseph Pulitzer was a social reformer and a scandal-monger at the same time. That his name lives on as a synonym for excellence in journalism is a great tribute and, as we learn from this excellent documentary, a great irony

    Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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