The New York Post, established on November 16, 1801 as the New-York Evening Post, describes itself as the nation’s oldest continuously published daily newspaper. Today, the newspaper is a tabloid format; however it has a rich history.
Founded by Alexander Hamilton with about $10,000 from a group of investors it became a well respected broadsheet in the 19th century. Hamilton and his group of investors were from the Federalist party. Hamilton chose William Coleman as his first editor.
The publication changed ownership many times over the year and in 1976, the infamous Rupert Murdoch bought it for $30.5 million. He adopted the tabloid format which is the journalism style of his other newspapers. The newspaper boast having six headlines in the “Greatest Tabloid Headlines” list. Here is one of its most infamous.
Federal regulations limiting media cross-ownership of certain media outlets (Fox Broadcasting Company), Murdoch was forced to sell the publication in 1988; however he acquired it again in 1993. The newspaper has received a lot of criticism since Murdoch’s ownership as it is labeled sensationalism, blatant advocacy,and conservative bias. It has had it’s share of controversies as well. The most sensational of these can be read here. Today, the Post is owned by Murdoch’s News Corporation and shares a building with Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.
Archives of the early issues can be view in pdf format New York Evening Post Archives.