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William Randolph Hearst

Clip: Season 33 Episode 43 | 1m 18s

William Randolph Hearst believed he was not reporting history but was instead creating it. By the end of the 1920s, Hearst owned newspapers in almost every major city, as well as magazines and even radio stations.

Aired: 09/27/21

Rating: NR

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