Yellow Press

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| image = [[File:Halstead, Murat.jpeg]]
| caption = Portrait of Murat Halstead (1829-1908), journalist, ca. 1900.
<p>The yellow press was the name given to reporters who sensationalized their news stories during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. While the stories usually were based in fact, the reporters commonly embellished the facts to grab their readers’ attention. Rather than simply reporting the news, newspaper editors sought to increase their readership by entertaining their customers.</p>
<p>The two leaders of the yellow press during the late nineteenth century were William Hearst, the owner of the <em>New York Journal</em>, and Joseph Pulitzer, the owner of the <em>New York World</em>. These two men sought to drive the other out of business by sensationalizing the news. Their actions had extreme consequences. Following the sinking of the <em>Maine</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>a United States battleship, these two men placed the blame for the ship’s destruction squarely on the Spanish, although no evidence existed to substantiate their claims. The newspaper stories created anger in American citizens towards the Spanish and helped lead to the Spanish-American War in 1898.</p>