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In 1898, William Randolph Hearst (a tycoon of the American press who controlled the Examiner and Morning Journal journals) sent his cartoonist Frederick Remington to Cuba to report the Maine Explosion (The battleship Maine –with the Ecured information: While the mambises were victoriously battling for Cuba’s independence, the American battleship Maine exploded mysteriously in Havana Bay at 9:40 p.m. on February 15, 1898. The explosion was in the Prow where the seafarer had his bedroom and then the fire lit a tragic spectacle of death and horror. Immediately there was a solidarity response of Spanish and Havana sailors who came quickly to help the survivors and tried to control the flames), but this only managed to inform:
“Everything is calm. There will be no war. I want to come back”.
Nothing happened on the Island.
Randolph Hearst then replied with a telegram that laid the groundwork for how journalism is done, that fabricated journalism:
“Send the images, I will put the war.”
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