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right The New York Post is one of the oldest (and according to some definitions, the oldest) of the newspapers still published in the United States. It was founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801, and in 1933 became tabloid. It was owned by Dorothy Schiff for much of the 20th Century, but after it was bought by Rupert Murdoch in 1977 it redefined "tabloid journalism" and may have reached nadir with its famous 1983 headline:

In 1980, the Columbia Journalism Review called the Post "a force for evil." As Steven D. Cuozzo, the Post's executive editor, sees it, it was the Post that "broke the elitist media stranglehold on the national agenda."

The Post ran through a series of unsteady owners after 1977: Peter S. Kalikow, a real estate magnate who went bankrupt; Steven Hoffenberg, a financier who pleaded guilty to securities fraud; and Abraham D. Hirschfeld, a true eccentric who made his fortune building parking garages. The Post was repurchased in 1988 by Murdoch's News Corporation and has taken a consistently conservative editorial viewpoint since being re-acquired by Murdoch after its near-insolvency in 1993 (Peter Kalikow owned the paper in between Murdoch's two stints as owner), and since the September 11, 2001 attacks it has been widely noted for its strident pro-war stance regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom and also for being a very strong supporter of Israel. It is a tabloid which depends largely on sensational front-page headlines to grab attentions and spur sales. The Post never affects a dispassionate tone that sometimes falsely imply an objectivity and thoroughness. Its sports section has won universal praise for its comprehensiveness. Pete Hamill began his career at the Post.

On July 6, 2004, the Post suffered a major blunder upon publishing a front page story headlined "KERRY'S CHOICE:Dem picks Gephardt as VP candidate" - stating erroneously that John Kerry had selected Dick Gephardt for the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination, hours before he announced John Edwards as his running mate.

The Public Enemy song "A Letter to the New York Post" is a complaint about negative and inaccurate coverage the group received from the paper:

"Here's a letter to the New York Post/Ain't worth the paper it's printed on/Founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton/That is 190 years continuous of fucked up news"

The circulation of the Post has slumped from 700,000 in the late 1960s to 418,000 today. Despite being one of New York City's most widely read newspapers, reports made public in 1993 showed that the Post continually runs at a loss and is supported by funding from Rupert Murdoch to keep a conservative newspaper in the City.

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