It is arguably the most celebrated anecdote in the history of American journalism. Sometime in early 1897, as the story goes, artist-correspondent Frederic Remington found himself in Cuba working for the New York Journal. The famous painter of bucking broncos and other Wild West scenes was on assignment for the newspaper’s owner, William Randolph Hearst, in anticipation of hostilities with Spain.
“There is no trouble here,” the bored Remington informed Hearst by telegram. “There will be no war. I wish to return.”
Hearst fired back, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war.”