Not likely sent: The Remington-Hearst ''telegrams''

W. R. Hearst, New York Journal, N.Y.: “Everything is quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. I wish to return. “Remington.”

“Remington, Havana: “Please remain. You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war. “W. R. Hearst.” —Not likely sent: The Remington-Hearst ”telegrams” (W. Joseph Campbell, PhD | Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly)

Campbell deconstructs this oft-quoted but thinly sourced anecdote about the power of yellow journalism.

I had previously blogged the same author’s analysis of the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” story (which survives mostly intact).