The general public had no idea that what they were reading was untrue so they grew angry and started clamoring to go to war with Spain.
This meant the papers reported the editor’s interpretation of the news and not an objective stand point.
This meant that the editors were able to affect the public opinion.
By having large captions that weren’t always truthful they were able to capture the public eye and then changed the public’s view of Spain with picture and captions similar to propaganda against Spain.
Without the hurricane survivors, student protestors, mass shooting victims, and sexual abuse survivors who agreed to speak to reporters, our understanding of some of the most important issues of the day would be murky at best.
By giving first-hand accounts of what happened on the ground—or on the casting couch—before reporters arrived at the scene, citizen sources perform an important public service.
But behind every citizen we see in the news is another story—about their interaction with journalists and the repercussions of their decision to go public—that audiences rarely know much about. A sexual abuse survivor writes of losing every shred of privacy after deciding to go public.
I spoke to victims, heroes, witnesses, criminals, voters, experts, and more.
All were private citizens rather than politicians, celebrities, PR professionals, or professional journalists.
In 1898, the newspapers provided the news for the public.
At the time it was common for the editors to change the stories.