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William Randolph Hearst

Truth is not optional

If you have not yet read Luke O'Neil's "The Year We Broke the Internet" at Esquire, let me quote a couple of salient passages:  This, he says, is how online sites operate: "Give me the viral pictures, and I’ll give you the truth. And then, after an appropriate waiting period, I’ll give you the other truth, and capitalize on that traffic too. It’s almost a perfect callback to William Randolph Hearst’s infamous declaration on the eve of the Spanish-American War, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” Even more fitting, historians don’t think he ever said anything like that. Then as now,...

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