The Journal’s new editor was William Randolph Hearst, the thirty-three-year-old son of a successful California gold-miner. Hearst had purchased the failing Journal in 1895. He quickly made it the most influential newspaper in New York.
Everyone expected he would be just another rich man’s son. He was a rich man’s son. He was also one of the most brilliant newspapermen this country has ever seen. I think Hearst truly, truly believed that he could establish himself as a power not only in New York and in journalistic circles, but maybe nationally, if he could play the Cuba story the way he wanted to play it.