I'll furnish the war

William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst

“You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.”

– William Randolph Hearst, media tycoon, responding in 1898 to artist Stephen Remington stationed in Cuba to cover a minor revolt against the Spanish colonial government. “There is no war,” Remington wrote to his boss. “Request to be recalled.” When the USS Maine was blown up in Havana harbour shortly afterwards by unknown persons the Hearst press blamed Spain, stirring up patriotism, hatred of the cowardly Spanish and war fever. Next stop: Spanish-American war.

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