Yellow Journalism

Though just one of many causes, Yellow Journalism did play a role in making Americans aware of the situation in Cuba and building support for the Spanish-American War. Some historians argue that Yellow Journalism was critical to the United States declaring war. After reading your text and viewing the provided materials, consider the role of media shaping American public opinion and action. To what extent did Yellow Journalism lead to war with Spain? What benefit did the newspaper owners gain from the war? How has journalism evolved since the Spanish-American War? Is the role or prominence of media today likely to have a greater or lesser affect on the American public now? Fully explain your answers and give specific examples when needed.