Historical And Journalistic Interpretations Of The United States

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History relies on media to foretell what occurred during a time period. Collection of various media items, such as newspapers, films, and speeches are used by historians as primary sources to understand the full picture of what happened. Both historical and journalistic interpretations are subject to manipulation by the writer, filmmaker, or even the audience that receives the information. Specifically in Cuba, various interpretations of historical and journalistic sources influenced viewpoints of the Cuban population in regards to the Revolution.
Journalistic interpretation can sometimes report sensationalism over pure facts. Known as Yellow Journalism, exaggerating facts and manipulating them for political reasons was what pushed the United States to assist Cuba in its war for independence against; the mysterious explosion of USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in 1898. In this case, the interpretation of events slingshot the United States into military intervention that was accepted by the American general public. On the other hand, Journalistic interpretation does not need follow sensationalism. Interviews and articles could influence the interpretation of the audience through the way the questions are formulated and even asked.
The interpretation of historical events changes overtime when reflecting the past. For example, present reflection of the historical consequences of the Cuban embargo allowed the United States President Barack Obama to understand that “an outdated…

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