Magazine article The American Prospect

Off the Wall Street Journal. (Devil in the Details)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Off the Wall Street Journal. (Devil in the Details)

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In 1898, publisher William Randolph Hearst wanted the United States to go to war with Spain in order to annex Cuba. He had sent reporters, photographers and artists to Havana to document alleged Spanish atrocities and rumored preparations for war. One of his correspondents, the artist Frederic Remington, cabled Hearst, "There is no war. Request to be recalled." Hearst famously cabled back, "Please remain. You furnish the pictures. I'll furnish the war."

Hearst was a pacifist compared with the editors of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, who are not only fomenting a war with Iraq but also helping to orchestrate it. The page managed to enlist eight European heads of government, no less, to write a Jan. 30 op-ed piece fawningly supporting President Bush's Iraq policy.

Not included among the eight were the leaders of France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway, most of eastern Europe, or Greece and Turkey, which are located on Iraq's doorstep. Mainly the op-ed served to point out just how the Bush policy has divided NATO--and the astonishing role of the Journal as strategic propaganda sheet for the Republican right and the administration. …

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