By Ken Paulson
The newspaper business didn’t get off to a good start in America
Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, the first real newspaper in America, was supposed to be a weekly, but it lasted exactly one issue. It was shut down by the colonial government, in part because it published speculation about the king of France having intimate relations with his daughter-in-law. I assume this came from confidential sources.
I share this ancient account because at a time when many are writing the obituary of America’s newspapers, it’s helpful to rem...