Power of the Press
On this date in 1898 of the Spanish American War American War Ships started to sail for Cuba. Many historians feel that their would not have been a Spanish American War if was not for William Randolph Hearst and his Hearst newspapers. Hearst orchestrated it all by having the battle ship U.S.S. MAINE blown up in the Havana harbor – so some believe.
Until then the public wasn’t all that enthused with the conflict. “Remember the Maine” gave them a battle cry and of course Hearst got to sell more newspapers.