William Randolph Hearst

(1863-1951)

WHO S/HE WAS:

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper magnate and leading newspaper publisher who played an active role in late 19th century politics.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

In the run-up to the Spanish-American War, Hearst sent the legendary illustrator Frederick Remington to Cuba to cover the insurrection. Finding nothing to report, Remington cabled Hearst saying there was no war to cover. Hearst allegedly replied:

Please remain. You furnish the pictures. I'll furnish the war.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

Hearst’s New York City newspaper, the _New York Morning Journal_, became known for sensationalist writing and for its agitation in favor of the Spanish-American War. The term yellow journalism (a pejorative reference to scandal-mongering, sensationalism, jingoism and similar practices) was derived from a color comic strip, The Yellow Kid. The above quote, possibly apocryphal, was a response to war correspondent, Frederick Remmington, whom he had dispatched to Cuba to cover the impending Spanish-American war.

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