How did Yellow Journalism affect the Spanish-American War? 

Yellow journalism swayed public opinion in favor of going to war with Spain. The New York JournalNew York World, and other newspapers published sensationalist stories depicting the Spanish as inhumane and blaming Spain for events like the sinking of the USS Maine.

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Yellow journalism was a term coined in 1895 when William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal poached a cartoon strip called the Yellow Kid from their rival Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. It resulted in a rivalry for readership that became known as yellow journalism and which famously expressed itself during the Spanish American War.

Some say that they were responsible for the war, but most observers state that the policies and disagreement that lead to the war were already in place. What Yellow Journalism did was sway public opinion in favor of fighting the Spanish, and they did so by publishing sensationalist and often inaccurate news reports to attract readers.

Probably the most famous article published was on February 15th 1898 when the USS Maine was bombed in Havana Harbor. Without really knowing who was responsible and why the New York Journal pointed immediately to the Spanish and continued to do so whenever they wanted rouse the public's interest. The phrase "Remember the Maine, to...

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