Hearst, William Randolph

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A journalist and newspaper publisher in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hearst was a pioneer in the kind of sensational reporting often called yellow journalism. In the 1890s, his newspapers helped whip up public hostility against Spain, which led to the Spanish-American War.

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