The artist turned a critical eye toward American society, but he didn't want to be called a political cartoonist.
But it didn't work. The rumor, spread by the underground press in 1967, probably led to many disappointed hippies.
The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam—published from 1960-1975—combined investigative journalism and Black Nationalist views on racial uplift.
The birth of the penny press, the first mass media, was very much mixed up with fake news, including the Great Moon Hoax of 1835.