Before television and internet, people relied on newspapers for current events. The Penny Press sold newspapers for one cent, making "the news available to more than just upper class citizens for the first time." These competitive rates were made possible by advertising .
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Today, people view biased news as a recent phenomenon; however, it has existed since the beginning. Newspapers were often partially owned by corporations, making reporters fear for their jobs if they exposed unpleasant truths about the companies . The Penny Press created another opportunity for bias since they did not want to offend potential advertising clients. Recognizing this, Mother Jones took it upon herself to inform the public about the horrors of child labor.