Nellie Bly, Notice

The Daily Cartoonist: “All Tuckered Out,” by Mike Peterson, April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023

Read in full on the site of The Daily Cartoonist here.



The piece ends with this postscript:


Historic Note about Media Moguls: When Nellie Bly returned from her breath-taking, history-making, circulation-exploding “Around the World in 72 Days” trip, she received no bonus nor, she later said, so much as a pat on the back from her editors. She resigned soon after. Biographer Brooke Kroeger suggests that it was likely because, shortly before leaving on her famous voyage, Bly had written an expose of a doctor who sued the paper over it. Joseph Pulitzer hated being sued.

Expecting gratitude from these tyros is naive; expecting loyalty can be fatal.