Hearst: Lord of San Simeon

By Oliver Carlson; Ernest Sutherland Bates | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XV
Purveyor of Forgeries

THE most sensational episode in Hearst's long career as journalist came in 1927 with his publication of a number of documents, prepared for by an announcement of "amazing revelations" soon to come and introduced in the first issue devoted to them by a scare headline: "MEXICO PLOT AGAINST U. S.!" The documents were published in a far-flung endeavor to produce war with Mexico, promote United States intervention in Nicaragua, develop popular animosity toward Japan and Russia, and, incidentally, ruin the reputation of four senators along with that of the most liberal American magazine of those years, the Nation. The undertaking was conducted on a magnificent scale worthy of the genius of its proponent.

The "documents" were run day after day in all the Hearst papers from November 14, 1927, to December 10, 1927, under such headings as:

"MEXICO SOUGHT JAPAN'S ASSISTANCE DRAFT OF PROPOSED TREATY SHOWS."

"CALLES FINANCED CHINESE RADICALS."

"OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS PROVE MEXICO AIDED REVOLT IN NICARAGUA."

"MEXICO SENT $1,000,000 TO PUSH ANTI-U. S. REVOLUTION."

"CALLES DONATED $ 100,000 TO SOVIET."

"CALLES TRIED TO BRIBE AMERICAN PRESS."

"CALLES ORDERED U. S. CLERGYMEN PAID $210,000."

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