Spanish American War

 

With the outrageous lying and sensational stories Pulitzer and Hearst brought attention to the Spanish- American war. The difference between Pulitzer and Hearst is that Hearst was driven to write about the rebellion in Cuba, although did not succeed due to false accusations. Pulitzer never relied on Hearst, yet kept the story on the front page for Hearst still took all the credit. The destruction of Cuba brought so much conflict and death that this is what the writers felt they needed to exploit. Stated by Historian Michael Robertson, he explains, “Newspaper reporters and readers of the 1890s were much less concerned with distinguishing among fact-based reporting, opinion and literature.” It became known through historian journalist that yellow journalism was not expanding other than in New York and other places were to be not be notified of these actions occurring in Cuba. Hearst volunteered his time to go to Cuba as a way to give back and help. As to what Creelman discusses “no true history of the war . . . can be written without an acknowledgment that whatever of justice and freedom and progress was accomplished by the Spanish-American war was due to the enterprise and tenacity of ‘yellow journalists,’ many of whom lie in unremembered graves.”

 

“Yellow Journalism.” – New World Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

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